Indian Power Sector

India ranks third in electricity production and ranks 110th in per capita consumption. This goes on to show the immense potential in India. Renewable Energy accounts for 28% of total power generated, wind power constitutes around 87% of total renewable power followed by biomass power. Solar Power is likely to get boost with mega thrust from government intending to generate 100000 MW from solar energy by 2019. Though ranking third in the world, around 300 million people in India do not have access to electricity. Several

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Chhattisgarh Government gets 11.2 MW of solar power from roof top panels

Azure Power has won a tender to supply 11.2 MW solar power through roof top solar panels. The company has won the bid through competitive bidding tender from Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. After incentives, the levellized tariff for the power comes to ? 4.5 and the company has taken World Bank as its technical partner, which has identified sites. With this, the company has become the largest portfolio holder of roof top solar power.

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Badarpur power plant to be shut down

Delhi government is pulling out the final plugs of the Badarpur thermal power plant in the state. The power plant is in operation for long and is the oldest power station. It is operating only 2 units of the power plant which has a total capacity of 705 MW. Now, a sub-station at Tughlaqabad will help to deliver the needed power from other source. The plant which is maintained and operated by NTPC has been forced to shut down due to orders from Supreme Court. Finally, the plant will be closed by October 15 of this year.

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Nagaland likes to expedite Tizu and other hydel projects

Nagaland government is planning to develop 3 x 14 MW Tizu Hydel power project in Kihire district of Nagaland. The company has asked May Encons Pvt Ltd to prepare the detailed feasibility report. The total project cost is estimated at ? 6013 million. The state government is facing electricity shortages and is purchasing power to the tune of ? 2500 million. Currently, the peak power demand estimated a 165 MW is expected to reach 250 MW by end of 2020.

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MSEDCL plans to set up 500 electric charging stations across the state

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd is planning to set up 500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state. The company plans to set up 50 EV charging stations in the phase I and next three to four years across the state it will have 500 stations. The numbers will grow considering the growth rate projected for EV?s, as well as the E-rickshaws already plying in the state. The company has already invited bids to select the implementing agency. The cost of each charging station will be in the range of ? 3-4 lakh. The land for setting up the stations will be facilitated by MSEDCL and the company will bring the distribution line, according to him. A vehicle would be charged completely in about 45 minutes to one hour at these points. The company also plans to set up thes

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Goan Government to get green building for transport bhavan

Government of Goa is setting up the Parihan Bhavan with unique features of radial cooling where water is used to keep it cool. The new design and structure is expected to be efficient in energy to the tune of 60%. The building will also implement greener solar power for conventional electricity needs. The project will also use natural venturi effect to keep the building cool. The building will be citizen friendly with touch kiosks to facilitate dissemination of information.

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ACME Solar commissions 200 MW solar power plant in Bhadla

ACME Solar Power has commissioned a 200 MW solar power project in Bhadla Solar Power park in the state of Rajasthan. The company has won the contract with the lowest bid of ? 2.44 per unit. With commissioning of the project, the total capacity of ACME Solar power has reached 5.5 GWp.

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Goa NIT to get a new greener campus

Union government has allotted ? 4,970 million towards development of NIT Campus in Goa. The new campus which is being set up in Cuncolim will have a 6.0 MW solar power plant to meet its electricity needs. Besides, it will be the greenest building with RCC blocks , trees etc., The project is being handled by the Goa Public Works Department. Currently, NIT Campus of Goa is functioning in Farmagudi

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Assam changes the way electricity bill is calculated

Assam Government has change the method of calculating electricity tax in the state. The tax method has been changed after a period of 64 years. The move will enable Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) to levy a higher electricity duty. Now, one has to pay only 20 paise per unit consumed, after this new rule - 5% of the total energy cost will be paid as duty. The move will increase the tax along with increase in tariff.

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Assam to test methane as cooking fuel !

Assam Petrochemicals Ltd is launching a new initiative to use methane as cooking fuel. The company will deploy a technology from Sweden for this exercise. As we know, methane is 30% cheaper than LPG besides it can also improved by trapping the flareup gas in exploration fields. The move will also allow to use it as a fuel in transport buses. It may be noted that, the new plant at Namrup has a capacity of 500 tonnes per day (TPD) of methanol and 200 TPD of formalin.

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