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13th Feb, 2019

Indian Power Stations 2019 commemorates 36 years of operations by NTPC Limited

Raipur, 13th February 2019 - Union Power Minister, Shri RK Singh today said “The power sector is witnessing an increased demand which is further expected to go up in the near future. The current consumption of 1200 units per capita is expected to grow 2-3 times at par with the international consumption after each and every individual of the country has access to electricity.”

Shri RK Singh was addressing the Indian Power Stations 2019, an international operation and maintenance conference organised annually by NTPC .

Talking about the issues like dearth of financing available in this sector, Shri RK Singh suggested “measures like pre-payment for consumption of electricity from both discoms and end consumers, privatising distribution companies to make the process more market oriented”.

The 8th edition of the conference was attended by over 500 delegates and it coincides with the synchronisation of NTPC’s flagship Singrauli power station on February 13th 1982.

Shri Singh said “We need to efficiently use all the energy sources available and devise measures to enhance the storage of energy to meet the constantly growing demand. Simultaneously, on the operations’ front, it is imperative to not postpone any scheduled maintenance of the power plants and not let the power demand dictate the running of the plants.”

He further added that with initiatives being undertaken by the government to augment power generation and distribution in the country like the Saubhagya Scheme and flexibility of power, the government’s directive to fulfil 40% of power requirements through non fossil fuels by 2030 is on track.

The government has already commissioned 98GW of energy requirements of the target 175 GW in the renewable sector. At the same time, there has also been an emergence in the need for companies to focus on safety, environment sustainability, reliability and efficiency he said.

Shri A.K. Bhalla , Union Power Secretary said, “We appreciate the efforts undertaken by NTPC to become a green company with its increasing focus on development of power from solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy. Also, the initiatives undertaken to follow best practices and innovations around fly ash utilisation and water conservation have bolstered the process.

Shri Bhalla further added “It is imperative to check and reduce emissions and ensure consumption of power through efficient means, keeping in line with the commitments of the 2030 Paris Climate Agreement.”

Shri Gurdeep Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC Limited said, “We endeavour to provide the most efficient form of energy through safer, greener, more reliable and affordable sources by adopting latest technologies and best practices. We have been successful in setting benchmarks in the sector through our operations, which has helped us deliver 24% of the nation’s power requirement through 15% installed capacity. Further, at NTPC, we are open towards creation and sharing of knowledge through learning as well as unlearning not limited to our plants, but also other government organisations and private utility players.”

Shri Prakash Tiwari, Director (Operations), NTPC Limited said, “With rapid growth in renewables, base load stations need to adopt flexibilisation in generating and meeting stringent environment norms. IPS 2019 will address these challenges and evolve best operation & maintenance strategies to deal with them.”

In the conference with the theme of Generating safe, reliable, eco-friendly flexible power delegates from power generating and utility companies both state owned and private sector participated. A total of 11 international papers and 71 domestic papers on issues pertinent to the sector are slated to be presented during the two-day conference being organised at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

On this occasion an e-book on technological advancement for water treatment by NETRA (NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance) along with the NTPC Sustainability report and a Compendium of Abstracts ‘Near miss trips, exceptional trips, and modifications done. The conference reinforces the need to deliberate and discuss the issues pertinent to the sector and collectively devise solutions to ensure efficiency of power generation and distribution. The Minister also gave away awards to the winners of Grand Ash Challenge.

Techno Galaxy exhibition 2019 showcasing the products and technologies from 42 Indian and international manufacturers is also being held on the occasion.

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Under the present rooftop solar programme, which was approved by the Government in December 2015, an aggregated capacity of 2100 MW is targeted to be achieved in residential, institutional, social and Government sector through central financial assistance by the year 2019-20.

As per data captured on the SPIN portal of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy), a total of 1279 MW capacity grid connected rooftop solar PV systems have been reported installed in the country as on 31.1.2019.

While no formal study has been commissioned to study the rooftop solar scenario, the Government is taking a number of steps to promote rooftop solar in the country, these include:

  1. Providing central financial assistance for residential/institutional/social sectors and achievement linked incentives for Government sectors through Rooftop Solar Scheme.
  2. Persuading states to notify the net/gross metering regulations for RTS projects. Now all the 36 States/UTs/SERCs have notified such regulations and/or tariff orders.
  3. Prepared model MoU, PPA and Capex Agreement for expeditious implementation of RTS projects in Govt. Sector.
  4. Allocate Ministry-wise expert PSUs for handholding and support in implementation of RTS projects in various Ministries/Departments.
  5. Suryamitra program is being implemented for creation of a qualified technical workforce.
  6. Initiated DG S&D rate contract for solar rooftop systems.
  7. Creation of SPIN-an online platform for expediting project approval, report submission and monitoring progress of implementation of RTS projects.
  8. Initiated Geo-tagging of RTS project, in co-ordination with ISRO, for traceability and transparency.
  9. Facilitated availability of concessional loans from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to SBI and PNB respectively, for disbursal of loans to industrial and commercial sectors, where CFA/incentive is not being provided by the Ministry.

This was informed by Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy and Power Shri R. K Singh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.

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