Category: Generation

March 26, 2014
The supply of up to 20kl of free water will come as a relief to around 9 lakh families in the capital, but for all of Delhi’s 1.32 crore people to benefit, the new government will have to ensure equitable distribution. And that’s a promise that will take a while to fulfill.While a section of consumers was delighted over Monday’s announcement, it left several others quite disgruntled. Critics said meeting the target of supplying 20 kl of water to only a percentage of Delhi’s population was a simple step. Making water available to everyone would be the government’s real test.On March 31, 2012, Delhi had 15.93 lakh metered connections. Delhi Jal Board officials said 9 lakh of these would benefit from the government largesse since their monthly consumption is less than 20 kl. The remaining seven lakh, 3.51 lakh consumers without metered connections and those in JJ clusters and unauthorized colonies were not gaining.“For this sop to filter down to everyone, all areas need to be connected to DJB’s distribution system and all consumers need to have meters. DJB’s own records say it has covered about 72% of the city while on ground it is likely to be less, especially if one considers the annual growth in population. If for 72%, the s

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March 25, 2014

India’s power generation capacity more than doubled to 2.34 lakh MW over the past decade, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said on Monday. “Ten years ago, the installed power capacity of the country was 1, 12,700 MW and today it is 2, 34,600 MW,” Chidambaram said in his interim budget speech in Parliament. “We have given a big push to infrastructure and capacity addition in infrastructure industries. In 2012-13 and in the nine months of the current financial year (2013-14), we have added 29,350 MW of power capacity,” he said. Additional capacities are being installed in major manufacturing industries such as steel, cement, refinery, power and electronics, Chidambaram added. The minister said about 50,000 MW of thermal and hydel power capacity is under construction. The government has also assured coal supply for 78,000 MW of power capacity. The Ministry of Power has been allocated a corpus of Rs 9,768.50 crore in 2014-15 for funding schemes, including Rs 1,520.39 crore loans for power projects and Rs 62.95 crore loans for projects in Northeast India. The ministry has also been granted a capital outlay of Rs 333.06 crore for maintenance, repair and upgrading of power projects during the period. “The FDI policy was liberalised to attract larger investments in telecommunication, pharmaceuticals, civil aviation, power trading exchanges and multi-brand retail,” the Finance Minister sa

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March 24, 2014

The Union government on Monday said the country’s installed generation capacity has more than doubled to 2, 34,600 MW, in the past 10 years. “India’s power generation capacity 10 years ago (2004) was 1, 12,700 MW, it has now risen to 2, 34,600 MW,” Finance Minister, P Chidambaram said in the interim budget (2014-15) speech in Parliament on Monday. He said over 29,000 MW of power generation capacity has been added in the current financial year alone. Last week, power secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha said that the government is confident of adding 1, 18,000 MW capacity by 2017. The target includes the shortfall in addition from the previous Plan period, the Planning Commission’s current target of over 88,000 MW and nuclear and renewable power capacities. He said the ministry was unable to achieve the previous plan period (2007-12) target of 78,577 MW due to fuel scarcity issues. Seemandhra ministers seek Advani’s support for aid

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March 24, 2014

India’s installed power generation capacity has more than doubled to 234,600 MW in the past decade, the government said Monday. “India’s power generation capacity 10 years ago was 112,700 MW. It has now risen to 234,600 MW,” Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said presenting the interim budget 2014-15 in parliament. He said that over 29,000 MW of power generation capacity was added in the current fiscal. Chidambaram also announced that while seven nuclear power reactors were under construction, the 500 MW fast breeder test reactor in the Kalpakkam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu will be ready soon. The finance minister said the National Solar Mission will undertake four ultramega solar power projects. Another four solar generation plants of 500 MW each will be constructed in 2014-15.

“The interim budget has put the focus back on creating a conducive environment for the energy sector in the country,” said Ratul Puri, chairman of Hindustan Powerprojects that plans to expand its thermal and solar power capacities. “With the award of 16,000 MW of coal-based power projects or announcement of four 500 MW of solar projects, the government has taken the right initiatives towards energy

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March 22, 2014

Generation from one of the three units of the Vallur power plant, jointly set up by NTPC and the Tamil Nadu Government, has been suspended due to shortage of coal, official sources said.“Power generation has been suspended from the second unit for the last two days. It is mainly due to coal shortage,” an official told PTI. “Power has been generated to about 400MW from the first unit and due to the shortage of coal, work has been suspended from the second unit,” he said. Asked about the third unit, he said it was working. It was expected that the second unit would resume operations soon.

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March 22, 2014

The Jammu and Kashmir government recently signed a MoU with the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, for implementation of solar power projects of the capacity of 7,500 MW. The agreement was signed at a high-level meeting of the senior officers of the state government and MNRE, chaired by the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah. Under the MoU Solar Projects of the capacity of 5,000 MW in Ladakh and 2,500 MW in Kargil possessing tremendous potential for new and renewable energy would be taken up for implementation. The Union Joint Secretary, MNRE, Tarun Kapoor and Jammu and Kashmir State Commissioner Secretary, Science and Technology Bipul Pathak signed the MoU on behalf of the duo governments. The Union Minister, while highlighting the importance of the MoU between the state and the Central Government for harnessing of green energy from the Ladakh area, said this area possesses vast potential of solar power.

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February 15, 2014

Coal and gas supply constraints notwithstanding, the Union government on Feb 13 stated that it would be able to meet the current five year plan (2012-17)period target of adding 1, 18,000 MW capacity by March 2017. The Central government, which was unable to achieve the previous plan period (2007-12) target of 78,577 MW, due to fuel scarcity issues, aims to add 1,18,000 MW power generation capacity by March 2017. The target includes the spill-over of the previous Plan’s shortfall, Planning Commission’s current target of over 88,000 MW and new nuclear, as well as renewable power capacities. 

“We are targeting a capacity addition of approximately 1, 18,000 MW, including 30,000 MW from renewable energy sources in the current five year plan (2012-17),” Union Power Secretary, Pradeep Kumar Sinha has stated. 

About 18,200 MW of capacity, including 2,000 MW of solar power, is to be added during the current financial year, ending March 31, 2014. 

“We are very confident of achieving this (financial) year’s target,” Sinha said. 

On being asked whether fuel non-availability will be an impediment in achieving this target, Sinha retaliated that the fuel pass-through mechanism will solve that problem. 

“Coal is not a bottleneck as the Union government has allowed fuel pass-through, with shortages

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