Category: Generation

September 18, 2015

A thermal power plant in Uttar Pradesh, run by Bajaj group’s Lalitpur Power Generation Company Ltd, has come under the scanner of National Green Tribunal which has ordered an inspection into the impact of water extracted by it on farming in the area. The green panel’s direction came in the wake of a petition challenging the environmental clearance granted to the thermal power project on the ground that it violated the provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974.

Lalitpur Power Generation Co Ltd (LPGCL) had signed an agreement with the UP government in 2010 to set up 1980 MW (3 units of 660 MW each) super-critical thermal power plant in Lalitpur district between the banks rivers Sajnam and Utari. A bench headed by NGT Chaiperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the panel to submit a report on whether excessive water extraction by LPGCL had impacted agricultural productivity in the area, but refused to quash environmental clearance to the plant. “A team of officers from the Environment and Forests Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board, UP Pollution Control Board and UP’s Irrigation Department would conduct an inspection and ensure that temporary abstraction of water from the Buragaon Check Dam is permitted without any adverse effect either on the agricultural activities or upon recharging of the ground water.

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September 14, 2015

Karnataka will issue a notification on Monday banning private sector power generating companies from exporting power to outside entities under the short-term open access (STOA) deal. These firms will be asked to supply power to the state’s own distribution utilities. The proposed ban will hit private players like JSW, BMM Ispat, Agarwal Sponge & Energy, etc, who will have to divert STOA power to the state grid. However, the long and medium term open access deals signed by these firms to outside consumers will go on as usual. Energy minister DK Shivakumar cleared a proposal to impose restrictions on power sales in view of the unprecedented power crisis in Karnataka, and laid his hands on every bit of possible power source. Karnataka requires about 185 MUs of power a day, while the availability has dropped to 135 MUs.

“I have already signed the file, and we are going to notify this tomorrow,” Shivakumar told ET on Sunday. His move is expected to fetch about 300 mw of power. The minister is exercising powers under Section 11 of The Elect

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September 3, 2015

The latest government data is an indicator of why the power situation improved this summer. The power deficit had come down to 2.2 per cent between April-July 2015 and electricity generation rose 3.5 per cent in July. But developers fear that with 82,241 MW of thermal power generation capacity under various stages of construction as of July 2015, it could soon lead to a situation of oversupply. In April-July alone, according to data from the Central Electricity Authority, electricity requirement grew 0.1 per cent to 369,253 million units, and availability rose almost 2 per cent to 361,299 million units. With the financially stressed state distribution utilities opting for long power cuts in the hunt for power purchase agreements at cheaper tariffs, the growth in supply in the country is outstripping requirement. The average power tariffs on the spot markets like Indian Energy Exchange during the period has been down by over ₹1 a unit as compared to the same months last year, while the volume of electricity traded on the exchanges has gone up by at least 400-500 million units every month apart from June. In such a situation, generators are also not producing to their full capacity. Plant load factors of thermal power plants are down to 60.96 per cent so far in the current fiscal from 66.42 per cent in the previous year.

Experts differ on the

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August 31, 2015

India will be able to double its power generation in the next seven years, Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said. “Very clearly, as we work to provide energy access to every citizen of India 24X7 and as we work to eliminate diesel-generated power, sadly we still have several thousands of crores of rupees (spent) on diesel-generated power, which is much more expensive. The cost is borne by the people of the country directly or indirectly,” Goyal said during a programme organised by the BCC&I.

 “All of these are sought to be replaced by thermal, gas, nuclear and renewable power and this will generate great demand. I am confident that in the next seven years or so, India will be able to double its electricity generation from one trillion units to two trillion units,” he said on Friday.

 “This will resolve the problem… that stranded plants (do face) and will help in consuming the large amount of renewable energy out of 17,500 megawatts we are setting up. He felt that the cost of generation and production should be cut down. “My concern is that the cost of generation and transmission must come down by effiency. We have to cut down the power theft and reduce technical losses,” he said.

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August 29, 2015

India will be able to double its power generation in the next seven years, Union Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said.”Very clearly, as we work to provide energy access to every citizen of India 24X7 and as we work to eliminate diesel-generated power, sadly we still have several thousands of crores of rupees (spent) on diesel-generated power, which is much more expensive. The cost is borne by the people of the country directly or indirectly,” Goyal said during a programme organised by the BCC&I here.

“All of these are sought to be replaced by thermal, gas, nuclear and renewable power and this will generate great demand. I am confident that in the next seven years or so, India will be able to double its electricity generation from one trillion units to two trillion units,” he said yesterday. “This will resolve the problem… that stranded plants (do face) and will help in consuming the large amount of renewable energy out of 17,500 megawatts we are setting up.”He felt that the cost of generation and production should be cut down. “My concern is that the cost of generation and transmission must come down by effiency. We have to cut down the power theft and reduce technical losses,” he said.

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August 28, 2015

State-owned NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generator, has achieved a record highest single-day electricity generation of 733.12 million units. The record generation of 733.12 million units from NTPC’s 18 coal-based power plants, 7 gas-based units and 8 solar and hydro power stations, was achieved on August 27, the company said in a statement. “The Declared Cumulative Capability of the stations was 91.10 per cent and Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 86.34 per cent on the day,” it said.

NTPC currently has an installed capacity of 45,548 Mega-Watts (MW) (including 6,196 MW through joint ventures), according to the company website. During financial year 2014-15, NTPC contributed 25 per cent of total electricity generated in India with 16 per cent share of country’s total installed capacity as on March 31. “NTPC recorded gross electricity generation of 241.261 billion units (stand-alone) in 2014-15, registering a growth of 3.42 per cent,” the statement said.

Plant Load Factor (PLF) of NTPC’s

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August 28, 2015

State-owned NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power generator, has achieved a record highest single-day electricity generation of 733.12 million units. The record generation of 733.12 million units from NTPC’s 18 coal-based power plants, 7 gas-based units and 8 solar and hydro power stations, was achieved on August 27, the company said in a statement. “The Declared Cumulative Capability of the stations was 91.10 percent and Plant Load Factor (PLF) of 86.34 percent on the day,” it said. NTPC currently has an installed capacity of 45,548 Mega-Watts (MW) (including 6,196 MW through joint ventures), according to the company website. During financial year 2014-15, NTPC contributed 25 percent of total electricity generated in India with 16 percent share of country’s total installed capacity as on March 31. “NTPC recorded gross electricity generation of 241.261 billion units (stand-alone) in 2014-15, registering a growth of 3.42 percent,” the statement said. Plant Load Factor (PLF) of NTPC’s coal stations was 80.23 percent against national average of 64.46 percent. Two stations recorded more than 90 percent PLF. “All NTPC stations achieved Plant Availability of above 83 percent. Four coal stations of NTPC featured among the top 10 stations of the country in terms of PLF in FY 2014-15,” the statement added. NTPC stock price On August 31, 2015, at 13:56 hrs NTPC was quoting at Rs 123.25, up Rs

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August 27, 2015

AAP government has set a target of generating 1,000 MW of solar power in next five years, Delhi Power Minister Satyendar Jain today said. Addressing a conference organised by Assocham here, Jain said that solar power will be the only option in future as the cost of conventional power is “drastically” increasing every year.”Our government has set a target of generating 1,000 MW of solar power in the next five years. In the first year, our target is of generating 20-40 MW of solar power and in second year, we will achieve a target of 100 MW and in next year, our target will be of 200 MW.”Similarly, government aims to generate 400 MW of solar power in fourth year and thereafter, we will then extend our target.”

The power minister said that the rates of solar power have also been similar to conventional power and hoped that solar power will be much cheaper in coming years. “Five or ten years ago, nobody would take interest in solar power… the reason was that rates of

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August 25, 2015

Shares of power generation companies are trading at multi-year lows on the bourses. Reliance Power (Rs 33) and Adani Power (Rs 20) are trading at lifetime lows, while state-owned power major NTPC is quoting at Rs 107, its lowest level since July 2006.

Tata Power Company, PTC India and GMR Infrastructure, listed on the BSE power index, are currently trading at 52-week lows.

At 10:04 AM, the S&P BSE Power index, was down 1% at 1,763 points compared to a 0.79% rise in the S&P BSE Sensex. The power index has hit a 52-week low of 1,743 in intra-day trades.

According to CRISIL Ratings, power projects worth 46,000 mw are facing viability issues due to lack of long-term buyers for electricity, inadequate fuel supply, and aggressive bidding to win projects and coal blocks.

“Of this, 36,000 mw are coal-based projects within which tariff under-recovery has impacted 20,000 mw of capacities, while the rest are reeling because of inadequate feedstock and poor electricity offtake by discoms. And 10,000 mw of gas-based projects have become unviable because of dwindling fuel supplies from the Krishna-Godavari basin,” the rating agency said in its July 2015 report.

CRISIL believes that merchant power prices will remain subdued over the near-to-medium term on account of large untied capacities leadi

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August 15, 2015

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the state has been successful in reaching milestones by enhancing the power generation to 15,500 Mega Watt (mw) from 4,000 mw after Chhattisgarh was carved out of it. “MP has made historical progress in power generation. When Chhattisgarh was carved out of MP, the state was left with just 4,000 mw power. Now the state power generation capacity is 15,500 mw,” Chouhan said, while addressing the Independence Day function at Motilal Nehru Stadium here after unfurling the tricolour.

Chouhan said that Asia’s largest solar power project of 135 mw has been commissioned in Neemuch district. “Now the world’s largest green project of 750 mw was coming up in MP’s Rewa district. The work of commissioning this project will commence shortly. I feel proud of stating that with the efforts and labour of all, the state has come out of the BIMARU (laggard -a term used for states Bihar, MP, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh) tag,” 

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