Electricity

‘One farmer one transformer’ scheme

In order to reduce electricity losses, the Maharashtra government will launch a new scheme allocating one transformer per farmer. The scheme, “one farmer one transformer”, will be unveiled on August 15. Two lakh farmers will be given electricity connection for high voltage distribution line which will ensure uninterrupted power supply

Maldives signed power deal with Pakistan

The Maldives has signed a capacity-building agreement in the power sector with Pakistan, thus posing fresh security challenges for India. Officials of the Maldives state electricity company, Stelco signed a MoU for cooperation in institution building activities when they visited Pakistan last week. The Maldives has stopped issuing work permits to Indians.

J&K village gets electricity first time

A village in J&K’s Rajouri district, Narla Bambal, received electricity connection and metalled road for the first time since Independence. It is the district’s last village to be connected to the rest of the state by road, reports said. “All the developmental works in these areas can now be done without any problem,” Rajouri District Collector Shahid Iqbal said.

24°C as the default setting for ACs

Power Ministry has suggested air-conditioner manufacturers to keep default setting at 24°C in a bid to save energy. It has also suggested that manufacturers should carry out labelling indicating optimum temperature setting for benefit of consumers, both from financial & health point of view. Having a default setting at 24°C will result in savings of 20 billion units of electricity in a year.

New scheme by MP Chief Minister

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced that the state will give ?2 lakh to poor families whose heads die before the age of 60. He further said that in case the head of the family dies in an accident, the state will give ?4 lakh to the families. He also announced waiver on previous electricity bills.

Outstanding power bill waiver for poors: MP

The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a waiver scheme for outstanding power bills for labourers and poor families. The scheme is expected to benefit around 77 lakh people in the state. The state government also approved a scheme to subsidise electricity for registered labourers of the unorganised sector and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.

World’s first floating nuclear power station

20 : Russia has unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station to meet its growing electricity needs. The ship holds two 35 megawatt nuclear reactors that can produce enough electricity to power a town of 200,000 residents. It will be primarily used to power oil rigs as Russia pushes further north into the Arctic to drill for oil and gas and needs electricity in far-flung locations.

Coal linkage rationalisation for IPPs

The government has issued the guidelines to allow power producers to swap coal supply assurances against lowering tariffs. The one-time process will be available only to Independent Power Producers (IPPs) having coal linkages through the allotment route. Coal India, South Eastern Coalfields, and the Central Electricity Authority will jointly undertake this exercise.

India’s first solar powered railway station

Guwahati now has India’s first railway station run by solar power. Around 2352 solar modules with a capacity of generating 700 kwp has been set up over the roof of the Guwahati railway station. The solar-powered station is aimed at reducing carbon-footprint as well as cut down power costs drastically. The solar power plant will save Rs 67 lakh worth of electricity.

Kerala & NTPC sign MoU for solar power

The Kerala State Electricity Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Thermal Power Corporation for increasing solar power generation in the state. The MoU also includes an agreement to set up a 15 MW solar power unit at the NTPC complex in Kayamkulam. The possibility of setting up solar plants at reservoirs, open space & top of buildings will also be explored.

India’s clean energy capacity touches 70 GW

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has stated that India’s installed clean energy capacity has already touched 70 GW as per data compiled on March 31, 2018. 100 billion units of electricity was generated through renewables during last fiscal, which also is the highest ever so far. R K Singh has reaffirmed government’s commitment to meet target of having 175 GW by 2022.

India doing extremely well on electrification

India is doing “extremely well” on electrification with nearly 85% of the country’s population having access to electricity, the World Bank has said. According to the World Bank, between 2010 and 2016, India provided electricity to 30 million people each year, more than any other country. India is all set to achieve the target of universal access to electricity before the 2030 target date.

Core sector growth slows to 4.1% in March

2 : The growth of eight core sectors slowed to a three-month low of 4.1% in March due to weak performance in six sectors including coal, crude oil and natural gas. The other sectors which showed slower growth rates were refinery products, steel and electricity. The Index of Eight Core Industries consists- coal, steel, cement, crude oil, natural gas, fertilizers, electricity & refinery products.

Pilot scheme for 2,500MW power procurement

Government has launched a Pilot Scheme for procurement of aggregate power of 2500 MW on competitive basis from commissioned power plants without “power purchase agreements” (PPA). The main purpose of the scheme is to revive commissioned power plants which are unable to sell electricity in the absence of valid PPA. The bids under the scheme will be invited in the first week of May.

Every village now has access to electricity

According to the government data, all of India’s 597,464 census villages now have access to electricity.The last village to be brought on the national power grid was Leisang village in the Senapati district of Manipur. Prime Minister Modi in his Independence Day speech on 15 August 2015 promised to electrify all un-electrified villages within 1000 days.

1st Solar microgrid commissioned in Gujarat

Swedish-Swiss multinational giant ABB announced it has commissioned India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its Vadodara manufacturing facility in Gujarat.Microgrids with integrated battery energy storage allow cutting down of planned and unplanned power outages. A key benefit is a reduction in overall operational costs and reduced electricity bills.

WB approves $55 mn For Bangladesh Project

The World Bank has approved $55mn to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily.Project will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids and about 4mn improved cooking stoves in rural areas. The project will enable about 10mn people living in villages and islands to access electricity.

World Bank Approves $55mn for Bangladesh Project

The World Bank has approved $55mn to expand the use of clean renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh where grid electricity cannot reach easily. The additional financing to the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30 solar mini-grids and about 4mn improved cooking stoves in rural areas. President of the World Bank- Jim Yong Kim. Headquarters of World Bank: Washington, DC.

5,000MW solar park to come up in Dholera

Gujarat Government approved setting up a 5000 MW capacity solar park at the Dholera Special Investment Region (SIR), which would be the largest such entity in the world after its completion.The solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land. The project will contribute significantly in achieving the target of producing 175 gigawatts of electricity by 2022.

SBI to invest in hydropower project

SBI will be investing a total of Rs 80 billion in the ‘Arun III’ hydropower project of Nepal, which will produce 900 megawatts of electricity.The SJVN, which has been awarded with the construction of the mega power project of Nepal, has made an informal agreement with the SBI to acquire the investment as a loan. The mega project is targeted to be completed by 2022’s September.

Shimla got its 1st grid-connected solar plant

Himachal Pradesh (HP) Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur inaugurated the first grid-connected solar power plant in Shimla having a capacity of 35 KW, installed on the rooftop of the Department of Environment, Science and Technology.The power generated by the solar plant would be consumed by the Department building. The remaining power would be sold to the HP State Electricity Board Limited.

Core sector growth up 5.3% in Feb

Eight infrastructure sectors grew by 5.3% in February, mainly helped by a robust performance of refinery products, fertiliser and cement segments.The eight infrastructure sectors, coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity had grown by just 0.6% in February last year. The core sectors expanded by 6.1% in January.

100% Solar powered PHCs in Surat

Surat has become the first district in the country to have 100 percent solar powered Primary Health Centers (PHC). There are a total of 52 PHCs in the district and all of them are now powered by the solar power system. This initiative will not only bring down the electricity bill by 40 percent but also help fight global warming.

India is the 3rd largest electricity producer

India’s electricity production grew 34% from 2010 to 2017, and the country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia. India produced 1,160.10 billion units (BU) of electricity in the financial year (FY) 2017. With a production of 1,423 BU in FY 2016, India was the 3rd largest producer and the third largest consumer of electricity in the world, behind China and the United States.

1st unit of Kishanganga project commissioned

State-run power equipment maker has commissioned 1st unit of 110 MW of the Kishanganga hydroelectric project of NHPC in Jammu and Kashmir. Located on the river Kishanganga, a tributary of the Jhelum in Bandipora district, all the 3 units of the 340 MW project will generate 1,350 million units of electricity annually. Bhel has commissioned 31 Hydro sets with a capacity of 1,257 MW in J&K.

India’s industrial production grew to 7.5%

India‘s factory production grew in January to 7.5% over the same month last year, and marginally over the 7.1% recorded in December 2017. The recovery in factory output in January was driven by a revival in manufacturing activity (8.7%) as well as electricity generation (7.6%). The sharp improvement in IIP is a positive trigger for the March quarter GDP which will be announced on 31 May.

UP’s largest Solar Power Plant inaugrated

PM Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron have inaugurated Uttar Pradesh‘s biggest solar power plant in Dadar Kalan village of Chhanvey block in Mirzapur Some 1,18,600 solar panels have been set up in over 380 acres. The solar plant will generate 15.6 crore units of electricity annually, which is about 1.30 crore units per month.

Diu first UT to run 100% on solar power

Diu has become the first and only Union Territory to be fully solar energy efficient. Diu has made expeditious progress in the field of solar power generation as it has become the first UT in the country where more than 100% of the energy requirement is met by solar power. Diu generates a total of 13 megawatts of electricity from solar power generating facilities daily.

NTPC may borrow Rs 16,000 crore

State-run power giant NTPC may borrow about Rs 16,000 crore next financial year for adding 6,900 MW of fresh electricity generation capacity by March 2019.“The corporation may hit the bonds or debt market to borrow about Rs 16,000 crore during the next financial year for financing the ongoing projects,” a source said. NTPC is currently working on adding 21,000 MW capacities.

Solar plants mandatory in new buildings

The Haryana government has mandated installation of Solar Photovoltaic Power plant in new buildings as per specified norms.This has been done in a move to conserve electricity and use it efficiently. The government says the move aims to efficient use of electricity and its conservation in the state.

Solar-based irrigation schemes: Haryana

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar directed the state irrigation department to implement the integrated solar-based micro irrigation scheme in all districts of Haryana.Mr. Khattar has constituted a committee headed by Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency chairman to form a strategy to execute this scheme.This scheme will save electricity and water.

Saubhagya Yojana launched by Jharkhand

2 : Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das launched “Saubhagya Yojana”.It is a programme that would provide electricity to all the 29,376 villages in the state.Das said people would get electricity 24×7, which would not only change the life of the people in the villages but also there would be a change in their thought, economic condition, education of their children and lift irrigation for the farmers.

New initiative for energy conservation

11 : Uttarakhand Government has taken a new initiative for energy conservation by making it compulsory for all Government offices to install LED bulbs.The initiative aims at reducing consumption of electricity in offices and civic areas.Over 40 lakh LED bulbs have so far been distributed in Uttarakhand as against the target of one crore LED bulbs.

SAUBHAGYA Scheme launched in Manipur

The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (SAUBHAGYA) was launched in Manipur by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K. Singh and Shri N. Biren Singh, CM of Manipur. A total of approximately 1.75 lakh households are proposed to be included under the Scheme. This is such a scheme where the poorest of the poor can afford electricity in their homes.

India’s largest consumer of electricity

Maharashtra stands as the single largest consumer of electricity in India, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. With the increasing demand, there was an increase of 8.6% over the demand for 69,216 MU in the year ago. The report was published by Central Electricity Authority.

PoS for elect. bill payments: Nagaland

Nagaland became the first among the North Eastern states to launch Point of Sale (PoS) for electricity bill payment. Through the PoS, a consumer can make cashless payment of the electricity bills, which is in line with India’s digitisation. The PoS facility was formally launched by State Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar, at Kohima Electrical Sub-division-1 in Kohima on 16th November 2017.

Organic material generates electricity

A flexible new material has been developed by researchers from Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science & Technology, which generates electricity when stressed. This works using Piezo-electric effect. This could be used in pressure sensors, pacemakers, medical devices, clothing, control buttons, or even wearable monitors that generate electricity from the wearer’s movement

Ngangom appointed as member of JERC

Ngangom Sarat Singh was appointed as member of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for Manipur and Mizoram. The JERC is a two member Commission. Each member represents the respective participating State. Ngangom Sarat Singh has been appointed as the member from the Manipur side for a period of 5 years, or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is the earliest.

World’s first floating wind farm

World’s first floating wind farm located over 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire in Scotland has started generating electricity. Work of setting up this wind farm started in July 2017. It is expected that this floating wind farm will generate 135GWh of electricity each year.

Power exports from India to Bangladesh

21 : Electricity imports from India may meet nearly a quarter of Bangladesh’s total demand for power in the next couple of years. India currently exports 660 MW of electricity, on a daily basis, to Bangladesh. Of the total supplies, 500 MW is transmitted to Bangladeshi power grid through Bheramara in Mursidabad and the remaining 160 MW through Suryamaninagar in Tripura.

Uttarakhand launches ‘Solar Briefcase’

Uttarakhand State Government and a charitable funding agency named Swan Cultural Center and Foundation, launched ‘Solar Briefcase’ in Kedarnath Dham. This initiative aims to provide electricity to far flung areas in Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has stated that around 47 villages and 1,40,000 families in Uttarakhand do not have access to electricity.

Bangladesh signs loan deal with India

Bangladesh on 4 october signed a $4.5-billion loan deal with India for developing its infrastructure, health and education. Bangladesh will use the funds for 17 priority infrastructure projects, which include electricity, railways, roads, shipping and ports. Bangladesh will pay an interest rate of 1% a year. It will have 20 years to pay back the loans, with a grace period of five years.

Electric Bus Service in India

Himachal Pradesh has become the first hill state in the country to run electric buses. The buses will ply on Manali-Kullu and Mandi routes during winters when the road to Rohtang is blocked with snow. Electricity charging points have been installed at Manali and Marhi. Initially, two mid-size buses with a seating capacity of 27 and 32 respectively will ply on the route.

Foundation for smart city project

Venkaiah Naidu laid the foundation stone of Greenfield Smart City at Ranchi in Jharkhand. The Greenfield Smart City will cost Rs. 10,000 crore and will also have 16,000 residential flats for 70,000 residents. The smart city will have modern transport system, world class education hub, 24 hours water and electricity, wi-fi, public toilets at every 200 meters and will be carbon free zone.

First power utility to use QR code

Tata Power has become first power utility to introduce a QR code based bill payments system in India. QR code linked to UPI will be printed on electricity bills & the customers can scan the QR code with BHIM app or any other UPI linked bank app and pay their bills without any hassle. All bill details will be auto captured while scanning the QR code and the consumer can pay on his smartphone.

Biggest Single Tower Solar Thermal Plant

The govt of South Australia has announced plans to construct the world’s largest single-tower solar thermal power plant in Port Augusta. The Aurora Solar Energy Project is projected to have an output of 150 megawatts and an ability to generate 495 gigawatt hours of electricity each year. Solar thermal technology uses mirrors to concentrate the Sun’s light at the top of a tower.

India, Japan join hands for infra push

Japan has joined hands with India to aggressively develop infrastructure projects in northeastern states. An India-Japan Coordination Forum for Development of North East is being set up to focus on strategic projects such as connectivity, road network development, electricity & disaster management. Japan has been helping India with projects such as Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed corridor.

IOB goes live with Bharat Bill Payment

29 : Indian Overseas Bank has started to offer Bharat Bill Payment System for its customers. BBPS is an integrated bill payment system that offers inter-operable online bill payments to customers. The services include online payments of electricity, telecommunication, DTH, water and gas bills. IOB is one of the three public sector banks to get approval from RBI for providing the service.

World’s First Drone Destroyer Laser

U.S. Navy successfully tested world’s 1st laser gun system that has been designed to target drones. Laser Weapons System gun was tested by the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship on a mock enemy drone. The laser moves at the speed of light, is “more precise than a bullet” and is expected to be used in combat by the year 2020. It is operated by electricity derived from a small generator.

Eight core sectors growth slips

The growth of eight core sectors slowed to 3.6% in May 2017 due to fall in output of coal and fertilisers. It was 5.2% in May 2016. In April 2017, these eight sectors had recorded a growth rate of 2.8%. In India, there are eight core sectors comprising of coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity.

Swiss Votes on Nuclear Phase Out Process

Swiss voters are casting their ballots to decide whether or not to speed up the process of phasing out the country’s nuclear power plants. If voters choose “yes” in referendum,it would force three of the country’s five reactors to close next year & the remaining two by 2029. The five plants currently generate 40 per cent of Switzerland’s electricity. Polls suggest a tight race on the issue.

Cost of coal reduced for electricity generation

Union Cabinet chaired by PM Mr. Narendra Modi approves to allow the flexibility in optimal use of domestic coal to reduce cost of electricity generation and purchase.

Govt gets 107 applications for allotment of 43 mines to PSUs

The Coal Ministry received 107 applications from PSUs like NTPC, SAIL, DVC and NLC for allocation of 43 coal blocks to be given to state-run firms. The Palma II mine in Chhattisgarh got nine applications, the highest for a single block. The companies which have applied for Gare Palma II mine in Chhattisgarh, include NTPC, Singareni Collieries Company Ltd, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation and Gujarat State Electricity Corporation.