Week In India: Power Ministry Drafts Electricity Rules For Consumers, First Accounting Of Green Investment Flows In India, 102.8 MW Rooftop Solar Commissioned On Indian Railways And More

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Union Power Ministry Invested INR 11,000 Crore For Electrifying Bihar : R. K. Singh

R. K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy and Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, today inaugurated a host of community focused facilities developed by NTPC in Bihar in the vicinity of NTPC Barh (1320 MW), Nabinagar Power Generation Company Pvt. Ltd. (NPGCL), Nabinagar (660 MW) and Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited (KBUNL), Kanti (610 MW).While inaugurating the facilities from Patna, Shri R. K. Singh,  Minister informed that in the past 3-4 years, the Power Ministry has invested Rs 11,000 Crore worth of initiatives for electrification in Bihar, which includes substations, transmission and rural electrification projects that we see today. He added that NTPC has given good dividends for every investment made in terms of nation building. “In the past 5 years, the cost of coal and railway freight increased by 40%, but due to efficiency displayed by NTPC, they were able to limit power price hike by only 12%,” Singh said.

MNRE Issues Summary For August 2020

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has recently issued a monthly summary for the Cabinet for the month of August 2020.Some important pointers in the summary are as follows : Total of 751.52 MW of renewable (RE) capacity was added during the month totaling  India’s RE generational capacity to 88.65 GW as of 31st August, 38 GW was made up from wind, solar made a total of 35.74 GW, 10.17 GW from Bio-power and 4.74 GW from small hydro projects, Projects of 45.11 GW are at various stages of implementation and 28.43 GW capacity currently are under various stages of bidding and Expenditure of Rs 1424.33 crore has been incurred up to August 31, 2020. Which is roughly 24.7 percent of the budget estimate for the ministry for the year 2020-2021.

Union Power Minister Lays Foundation Stone Of Kishenganj-Darbhanga 400kv Transmission Line In Bihar

R. K. Singh, the Union Minister of State(I/C) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, laid the foundation stone for construction of LILO of Kishanganj-Darbhanga 400kV Transmission Line at Saharsa in Bihar through a virtual event. The  execution agency for the ₹ 100 crore worth project is POWERGRID Ltd., a central PSU under the Ministry of Power. While praising the Powergrid for its efforts Shri Singh said that the Maharatna has played an important role in connecting every state and region with the national grid, especially in Bihar. The inter-regional transmission systems have helped Bihar in accessing power supply from other states at cheaper rates. He further said that on completion of the Kishanganj-Darbhanga 400kV Transmission Lineproject, Power scenario of the Saharsa district including Supaul, Khagaria and Begusarai districts shall improve. Low voltage problem of North Bihar will be considerably solved and above districts shall be benefited by reliable Power.

MERC Receives Petition For Dispute Arising Out Of PPA

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission recently passed an order on  the dispute arising out of Power Sale Agreement / Power Purchase Agreement between  Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited.This Commission stated that  it has jurisdiction to adjudicate on the dispute arising out of Power Sale Agreement / Power Purchase Agreement in the present matter.  Commission also directed Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited to file its submission on the merits of the Petition, serving a copy to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited, within two weeks from the date of this Order.  Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited also directed to file its Rejoinder within one week.

Power Ministry Drafts Electricity Rules For Consumers; Invites Comments By 30th September

Union Power Ministry has drafted Rules providing for Rights of Electricity Consumers for the First Time.Ministry stated that “Electricity Consumers are the most important stakeholders in the power sector. The sector exists because of them. Having provided access to electricity to all citizens, it is now important to focus on consumer satisfaction. For this, it is imperative to identify the key services, prescribe minimum service levels and standards with respect to these services and recognize them as rights of consumers”.With this objective, a draft of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 have been prepared for the first time by the Government.

102.8 MW Rooftop Solar Commissioned On Indian Railways

The Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal Stated Steps taken by the Government to implement Solar Power plants and Wind power plants on Indian Railways (IR), inter-alia which are as follows:1. 102.8 Mega Watt (MW) rooftop solar plants commissioned, 2. 4.7 MW land based solar plants commissioned. 3. Land based solar power plants of 50 MW at Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) and 2 MW at Diwana (Haryana) are under execution. The plant at Diwana will be commissioned in September, 2020. IR plans to install solar plants of 20 GW capacity by 2030 by utilizing its vacant land. In this regard, to begin with, bids for 3 GW solar plants on vacant railway land parcels and land parcels along the railway track have already been invited. IR plans to provide these solar plants by March, 2023.

Union Power Minister Dedicates Various Projects of NHPC and PFC Worth Rs 9 Crore To Bihar

R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) (Power and New & Renewable Energy) & Minister of State (Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) dedicated various projects implemented under CSR activities of NHPC and PFC in Shahpur and Bihiya block of Bhojpur district through video conferencing on 16.09.2020. A.K. Singh, CMD, NHPC, Ratish Kumar, Director (Projects), NHPC, R.K. Murahari, Executive Director, PFC, local representatives, officers from administration and other officials attended the programme. A total of 33 projects in Shahpur block and 39 projects in Bihayi block were dedicated during the programme. These projects in both the blocks include works as construction of PCC road at 55 locations, community building and chabutras at 3 locations, solar / LED / high mast lights at 7 locations, construction of open gym at 2 locations, construction of drainage system at 2 locations, Chhath Ghat at 1 location and library and community building at 2 locations.  The total cost of all these projects is about Rs 9 crore.

Renewables-Rich Rajasthan Has Potential To Lead India’s Energy Transition

As India looks to expand its renewable energy capacity, a new report from IEEFA finds that Rajasthan can play a key leadership role in the country’s transition to a low-cost, low-emission, profitable electricity system. Rajasthan’s installed renewable energy capacity reached 9.6 gigawatts (GW) at the end of fiscal year (FY) 2019/20. It also added more solar power capacity (1.7GW) in FY 2019/20 than any other Indian state, ahead of Karnataka (1.4GW), the state with the highest installed solar capacity, and Tamil Nadu (1.3GW).Rajasthan has high solar radiation and wind speeds and an abundance of barren land that make it suitable for utility-scale solar parks. And it is already home to the world’s largest solar park – the 2.25gw bhadla solar park, located in jodhpur district. “These factors make rajasthan an attractive destination for domestic and foreign investors looking for opportunities in renewable energy, electricity grid infrastructure and associated manufacturing,” says shah.

USAID-NREL Partnership Offers Solutions To Accelerate Distributed Photovoltaic Market Growth in India

As part of a long-term effort to facilitate DPV market design in India, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Partnership released two reports addressing deployment concerns for DPV technology. One reportPDF calls attention to common quality and safety issues at various stages of an RTPV system’s life, and offers solutions for addressing them, while the other reportPDF presents regulatory considerations for DPV-plus-storage program design for retail customers. Although the two reports assess different aspects of DPV deployment, they share the broader conclusion that there is tremendous opportunity for India’s leaders to create supportive standards and regulatory frameworks to enable DPV deployment and meet India’s 2022 targets.

First Accounting Of Green Investment Flows In India Reveals A Need For Significant Increase

A new report by Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) launched today shows that “green sectors” such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and low-carbon transport, are helping to drive economic growth in India. The report highlights that, in total, green finance flows in India for FY 2017 were INR 111 thousand crores (USD 17 billion) and INR 137 thousand crores (USD 21 billion) for FY 2018. The total tracked green finance for the years 2016-18 amounted to INR 248 thousand crores (USD 38 billion). This compares to an estimated USD 170 billion per year required for India to finance its climate actions, putting tracked green investments at an estimated 10% of required investments across sectors. The report also mentions that green investments outpaced India’s GDP growth during the study period. The GDP of India grew at an average rate of 7.2% between 2016-17 and 2017-18, and the tracked investments suggest an increase of 24%. This indicates that green investments have the potential for driving economic growth of the country.

Union Power Minister Inaugurates Projects Worth Rs 6.99 Crore In Bihar

R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power & New and Renewable Energy inaugurated CSR projects undertaken by REC Ltd. (Formerly Rural Electrification Corporation) worth Rupees 6.99 Crore, in Barhara (Bhojpur District), Bihar, through video conferencing yesterday. There were a total of 77 schemes, which included 36 schemes for construction of P.C.C. roads, 23 schemes for installation of LED/ Solar and high mast lights, Construction of 3 Chat ghaat, Construction of 3 community hall & sub health centers and Installation of 12 nos. of arsenic removal plant.

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