Thermal power output rises 6%

The ignorance of warnings against reducing offtake during the period of scheduled power demand caused the problem of low stocks of coal. CIL cautioned power producers against repeating the mistake by reducing coal intake in monsoon. The facts indicate that complaints of coal shortage to the power ministry by generators may not be widespread.

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.

Kaiga generating systems sets new record

The 220 MW Unit-1 of Karnataka’s Kaiga Generating Systems (KGS-1) set a new record of the continuous operation of 766 days. It surpassed the earlier record of 765 days set by the Unit-5 of Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS-5) in 2014. The unit KGS-1 has been in operation since May 13, 2016. The 220 MW KGS-1 is an indigenous PHWR fuelled by domestic fuel.

Power Minister R K Singh launched PRAAPTI

Power Minister R K Singh has launched web portal and App called PRAAPTI. ‘Praapti’ stands for ‘Payment ratification and analysis in power procurement for bringing transparency in involving of generators’. It aims to bring transparency in power purchase transactions between Generators and power distribution company- Discoms.

IRCTC partners with ixigo

In order to exclusively power hotel bookings, IRCTC has partnered with the ixigo, a travel marketplace. Under this partnership, wide range of accommodations from ixigo would be available on the mobile and web platforms of IRCTC. ixigo is a Gurugram based travel search engine and also a mobile travel application available for all OS.

Pravin Agrawal appointed BHEL director

Power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited has appointed Pravin L Agrawal as the part-time official director on its board. An Indian Forest Service officer, Agrawal is presently joint secretary in the Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. Established in 1964, BHEL is India’s largest power generation equipment manufacturer.

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.

Mukul Rohatgi appointed as eminent jurist

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointment of the Lokpal. The post of eminent jurist in the Lokpal selection panel was lying vacant since the death of senior advocate P P Rao. Rohatgi was appointed as Attorney General of India after the Narendra Modi government assumed power in May 2014.

Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II

15 : Indian Army Women Officers’ Mountaineering Expedition to Mt. Bhagirathi-II (6512 metres) consisting of 9 women officers, was flagged off by Director General of Military Training. Mt. Bhagirathi-II is located in the Garhwal Himalayas in Gangotri National Park. The expedition aims at encouraging women in the field of adventure where dauntless courage, will-power & determination is put to test.

India ranks 4th on Asia-Pacific Power Index

India has been ranked fourth out of 25 nations in the Asia-Pacific region on the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index that measures power across 25 countries. India has been pegged as a “Giant of the Future” while Japan has been pegged as a “Smart Power”. India is ranked fourth on the parameters economic resources, military capability, diplomatic influence and fifth on resilience.