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India keen to partner with UK in renewable energy space: Piyush Goyal

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According to reports, the government is keen to partner with the UK for harnessing the country’s energy potential, mainly in the renewable energy sector, Power Minister PiyushGoyal said today. The matter was discussed during a meeting between Goyal and UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey today. “We are keen to partner with UK on harnessing India’s true energy potential, particularly in the renewable sector (solar, wind etc),” Goyal tweeted today. According to the minister, officers ... Read More »

Tamil Nadu to get funds for green corridor project

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According to reports, Tamil Nadu may finally get its power transmission problems resolved with the Centre agreeing to fund a series of dedicated minor and major transmission projects for the renewable energy sector by including them under the Union government’s green energy corridor project. Tamil Nadu, which has a severe shortage of transmission lines, will be the first beneficiary of the fund. Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation (Tantransco) would get 125 million euros as a soft loan to put up green ... Read More »

Centre sanctions ₹100 cr for SCADA systems

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According to reports, the Union Ministry of Power has sanctioned ₹100 crore to establish Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system in four towns of Vizag, Vijayawada, Guntur and Nellore to facilitate centralised data collection. Such a system helps improve system stability, easy accessibility to each and every consumer, instantaneous collection of parameters like voltage and current. According to a statement, this is part of a Central Government programme to strengthen the power sector by taking up of IT initiatives in ... Read More »

SunEdison Set To Transform Lives Of Nearly 5,000 Indian Villagers

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SunEdison, Inc. (NYSE:SUNE), today announced a new project that will install 159 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV micro-grids with battery storage in six remote Indian villages, which will bring electricity to, and thereby improve health and education for, 4,875 off-grid people. Working with the Government of India’s Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and the Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam state agency, SunEdison will build, operate and then transfer the facilities to a public entity after five years, giving the freedom of ... Read More »

Modi Budget Plans Funds for Grid, Solar to End Blackouts

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According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government plans to spend 15 billion rupees ($250 million) on programs to boost solar power and reform electricity supply to farmers to end blackouts in India. “Power is a vital input for economic growth,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today in his budget speech. “The government is committed to providing 24/7 uninterrupted power supply to all homes.” More than 300 million people in India lack access to electricity, equivalent to the total U.S. ... Read More »

Transmission issues plague power-starved southern states

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According to reports, the much-talked-about synchronization of the southern power grid to the national grid has not benefited Tamil Nadu and Kerala for power purchase from other states. Lack of proper transmission infrastructure continues to hinder smooth supply of power. Demand for short-term power purchase usually increases during summer, and with the mercury soaring, power purchase across different states on the Indian Energy Exchange this June shot up 11% compared with last year, while the South remained power starved. “There ... Read More »

Ahmedabad to have smart meters by October

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According to reports, come October and Ahmedabad will have probably India’s first smart grid system in place where consumers will be able to pick a suitable plan for electricity consumption like they do for cellphones. Uttar Gujarat Vij Company Pvt Ltd (UGVCL) is set to roll out a modernized electric grid or the smart grid system in Naroda by October this year. Installation of new electric meters embedded with SIM cards has begun in Naroda by five companies including Reliance, ... Read More »

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