Anupam Chatterjee

How PIB’s Bollywood memes on election made it a new star on Instagram

While the Election Commission of India is already using mainstream media to spread awareness on elections, PIB resorted to using memes to strengthen its connect with the youth.

One of the memes used by PIB News

Coal supplies: CERC order unlocks Rs 17,000 crore for power firms

The compensation on account of coal shortage would be worked out according a formula prescribed by the CERC on a case to case basis, the CERC said.

The remaining coal are being sourced from other expensive means such as imports and e-auctions. News

Govt plans 400 MW storage-linked renewable projects

In order to provide a leg-up to the power storage industry — which is still in a nascent stage in the country — the government is coming up with 400 MW of renewable energy tenders for round-the-clock (RTC) electricity sup

Storage is an important component of the balancing requirement and is expected to play a major role with the increase in renewable energy capacity. (Representational image) News

Falling module prices help solar developers absorb shock due to rupee depreciation

During the past one year, the rupee has fallen by about 5% against the US dollar while the module prices were down by 33% to around 21 cents per watt. 

Solar power has the potential to change the African electrical energy map in the years to come.(Representational image) News

Private firms fear aggressive bidding by Power Grid, write to CAG

The nine transmission projects in question, with and estimated cost of about Rs 2,700 crore, were recommended by an empowered committee on transmission for more than 19,000 mega-watt of renewable energy plants.

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Power plants seen bidding for 3GW Gujarat PPA in June

Additionally, the provision of penalty for gratuitous loadsheddings in the tariff policy would also push discoms to have adequate PPAs tied up.

Economy News

Modi government’s Saubhagya scheme lives up to its billing

Since its launch in September, 2017, 2.62 crore households have been provided with power connections, with only 18,734 remaining to be covered in the country

Saubhagya scheme, narendra modi,  International Energy Agency, Unelectrified households, Narendra Modi government , Saubhagya targets, discoms News

Scheme for Non-PPA units: States show interest in 1,400 MW of power

According to industry sources, 515 MW was won by Jindal Power, 290 MW by JSW Energy and 295 MW by Adani Power.

Scheme for Non PPA units, NHPC, Power Finance Corporation, Jindal Power, Adani Power, JSW Energy News

Power producers protest rise in coal auction prices

In a letter written to coal secretary Sumanta Chaudhuri, the Association of Power Producers (APP) complained that various subsidiaries of Coal India (CIL) have “suddenly and unilaterally” increased floor prices (reserve p

Power producers, Power producers protest, coal auction prices , power sector, e-auctions, Coal India News

Power to the kitchen: Govt to promote electricity as cooking fuel

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has requested the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) to divert a part of the cooking gas and kerosene subsidy (around Rs 25,000 crore/year) towards solar photovolatai

100% electrification, Saubhagya scheme, electricity for cooking, MNRE, MoPNG, solar generation News

UDAY: Discoms cut down on fresh borrowing

Belt-tightening and states’ reluctance to take on post-UDAY losses cited as reasons.

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India’s coal imports surge 40% owing to washery shortage

The firms have warned that imports of the fuel, which could drive up India’s goods trade and current account deficit, could rise further if adequate number of domestic washeries are not set up in the public and private sect

India’s coal imports surge 40% owing to washery shortage News

Rs 42k-cr burden: Discoms’ dues to power cos rise 20%

If the so-called regulatory dues of over Rs 17,000 crore are included, the outstanding amounts by the discoms to independent power producers alone would be a staggering Rs 40,770 crore.

Rs 42k-cr burden: Discoms’ dues to power cos rise 20% News

Adani Power’s Mundra unit gets a boost as CERC allows tariff hike

Regulator’s move to amend PPA with GUVNL could end the travails of the imported coal-based unit.

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Freedom of choice: Open access gets leg-up from states’ solar policies

Open access is the non-discriminatory use of transmission and distribution infrastructure of the licensees by consumers with demand greater than or equal to 1 MW for procuring electricity from the source of their choice.

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Bad loans: Supreme Court ruling a big blow to banks, defaulters rejoice

“Voiding of the circular is credit negative for Indian banks. (The circular) may now have to be watered down...The resolution of stressed loans impacted by the circular will be further delayed as the process may have to be

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Solar technology will synergise the power back-up business

The company, now a unit of Schneider Electric, also provides other electrical offerings such as fans, LED lighting, switches and wires.

Solar technology, Luminous Power Technologies, LED lighting, Sachin Bhalla, Schneider Electric News

Power demand continues to slide in Uttar Pradesh; experts attribute it to open access

The country’s most populous state — where aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses of discoms are among the highest — declaring muted electricity requirement also coincides with rising power costs.

Power demand, Electricity requirement in Uttar Pradesh, Saubhagya scheme,UDAY scheme, discoms News

Turning the corner? India’s power capacity addition falls to a two-decade low

The capacity addition on a net basis — the difference between the plants commissioned and retired — stood at 6,160 MW at February-end.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: States to spend more to avoid power cuts during polls

Prices of short-term power depend on a number of seasonal and durational factors.

power sector, power industry, power supply, power tariff News

RBI tells SC no corporate debt resolution plan yet despite 180-day extension for defaulters

Though banks invoked strategic debt restructuring in more than 140 cases, they were unable to change ownership even in a handful of cases, the RBI noted

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These states continue cheap electricity tariffs despite failing to meet UDAY targets

The development comes at a time when the tariff collection efficiency of the discoms, by their own admission, is deteriorating in the wake of new consumer additions through rural electrification.

power sector, power industry, power tariff News

These states giving cheaper electricity to consumers despite missing UDAY targets

Punjab, where too delayed subsidy disbursal to the discoms was a major issue last fiscal, has allocated a massive `8,969 crore to subsidise agricultural electricity in FY20.

Economy News

PFC on REC buy: Can’t shell out more than Rs 12,000 crore

Sources added that despite spending such a large sum, PFC won’t get the tag of the promoter of REC and the government would continue to hold the status to soothe its overseas bondholders.

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States seek Centre’s funds to meet environmental norms for thermal power plants

Analysts estimate that about 17 GW of power plants will have to be decommissioned as they would not meet the emission norms within the deadline, mainly due to lack of space to accommodate the new systems.

Industry News

Powering down! In first half of FY19, discoms report financial loss of over Rs 15,000 crore

Losses of the discoms in Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Andhra Pradesh more than doubled during H1FY19 over the year-ago period

Industry News

Wind power auction sees one-year high tariff

The sixth round of wind power auction by the state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) that concluded on Thursday discovered a tariff of Rs 2.82/unit, the highest since February last year when the price bottomed out

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