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Smart Grid to streamline power distribution in Assam

According to reports, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) has gone for the Smart Grid system to streamline its power distribution system and for the purpose, it is implementing a pilot project in Ulubari, Paltan Bazar and Narengi electrical subdivisions in the city, where 15,000 consumer meters will be replaced by Smart Meters, said sources in the APDCL. The Smart Grid system makes blanket load-shedding unnecessary, as load in the areas will come down with its introduction. Either the ... Read More »

MERC revises eligibility for open access from 1 MW to 500 KW in draft regulations

According to reports, electricity consumers in Maharashtra may tap more avenues to source power other than incumbent distribution companies through open access and the power sector may expect competition. This will be a reality ones the draft Distribution Open Access (DOA) Regulations 2015 released by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) are notified. MERC has sought suggestions and objections from the stake holders. As per the draft DOA regulations 2015, open access will be allowed buy power to consumers having contract ... Read More »

Inter-State transmission charge for renewable energy to go: Minister

According to reports, the government will soon come with a framework to make inter-State transmission of renewable energy free of cost, said Piyush Goyal, Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister. At an interaction organised by the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Goyal said, “The Central Government is coming out with a legal framework where all inter-State transmission of renewable energy will be at zero cost. I am urging States to also make intra-State transmission of renewable energy free of ... Read More »

Germany offers euro 2 bn to develop India’s clean energy corridor

According to reports, Germany on Monday offered euro 2 billion to the Indian government to develop solar projects and a clean energy corridor even as both sides agreed to resume talks for the India-European Union (EU) free trade pact. India also announced it would fast-track approvals for German firms present here. “I place great value on Germany’s assistance of over euro 1 billion for India’s green energy corridor and a new assistance package of over euro 1 billion for solar ... Read More »

Government expects Rs 36,000-crore investment in green energy corridors

According to reports, the government is expecting an investment of Rs 36,000 crore in green energy corridors across the country. “Ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) expects Rs 36,000 crore public investment forthcoming into setting up of green energy corridors across high density solar-fed states of the country,” a PHD chamber statement quoted MNRE secretary Upendra Tripathi as saying. Speaking at a business event, Tripathi said MNRE will gradually “develop a new solar or renewable zone policy in due ... Read More »

Govt pursuing loans from ADB, World Bank for smart cities

According to reports, the government is pursuing loans from international agencies to finance its smart cities mission. This is in addition to an outlay of ₹48,000 crore approved by the Union Cabinet for the mission. The Urban Development Ministry has informed States that the government is pursuing a loan of $1 billion from the Asian Development Bank and another $500 million from the World Bank to provide funds to the Special Purpose Vehicles to be created for each smart city. ... Read More »

Wind forecast to help tap more power

According to reports, Tamil Nadu has the enviable status of being one of the largest wind power-producing states; it also possesses more around 7,800MW installed capacity of this renewable power. Now to reap the most of this resource, the state is utilising a new wind power forecasting service. The output of wind farms, unlike conventional energy plants, is as changeable as the weather. So it’s not feasible to depend on it as the only source of power. However, this flaw ... Read More »

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