Pradhan inaugurates the month long awareness drive on fuel conservation Saksham 2017

What is Saksham 2017 all about:

  • Draft fuel efficiency norms for heavy duty vehicles to be released on 1st April, 2017 says Pradhan
  • The minister urges everyone to turn off vehicle engine at traffic signal; could save 2% of fuel translating to Rs 14000 cr.
  • Pradhan said that the BS IV fuel will be available across the country from April, 2017 and that the Ministry is already planning and working on bringing in BS VI fuel by 2020.
  • Pradhan urged everyone to follow fuel conservation steps and contribute to saving of energy and fuel wherever they can.
  • He added there are more than 15 Cr two wheelers and more than 3 Cr three wheelers currently on roads in India.
  • By turning off vehicle engine at red light stops of traffic signal, about 2 % of fuel can be saved which translates to Rs 14000 Cr of saving for the country.
  • Drawing a parallel to the PMUY which has an allocation of Rs 8000 Cr to distribute LPG cylinders to 5 Cr BPL families across the country, Pradhan highlighted the importance of energy/fuel conservation for saving costs that could be used for other developmental projects.
  • Over 1.60 Cr LPG connections have been given under PMUY since its launch in May 2016.
  • Pradhan underlined the need for energy security and conservation for future generation and for providing clean fuel for poor households.
  • He appealed to all citizens to participate in this festival and adopt practices/behavioural changes leading to fuel saving such as LPG, PNG, CNG.
  • Pradhan inaugurated the month long awareness drive on fuel conservation called Saksham 2017 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav), organized by PCRA and other Oil and Gas PSUs. Saksham 2017 is aimed to create awareness amongst masses towards judicious utilization and conservation of petroleum products along with use of energy efficient appliances and switching to cleaner fuels.

With acquisition of Chhabra plants, NTPC on its way to become a 50 GW plus power company.

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The acquisition of Chhabra thermal power plants by NTPC Ltd will help the central power major emerge as a 50 GW or 50000 MW plus company within the next few months.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that NTPC inked on Wednesday with the Rajasthan state power utilities provides it with the access to taking over an operational 2000 MW thermal power plant or Stage-1 of the
Chhabra Thermal Power Plant Stage-I (4x 250 MW) along with the under construction 1320 mw Stage-II (2×660 MW) of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited.

All going well, the financial formalities and takeover of the Chhabra projects is expected to be completed within the next six months, said an official.

The 2000 mw Chabra Stage-I is already operational. The takeover therefore assumes significance as with Rajasthan’s Chabra I and II thermal power projects coming under NTPC’s fold, the latter’s installed power capacity that is currently in excess of 48 GW will cross 50,000 mw.

The commissioning of 800 MW unit at Kudgi in Karnataka last month has already taken NTPC’s total installed capacity to 48,028 MW.

The MoU for takeover of Chhabra was signed with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RVUN) and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL) in the presence of Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan in Jaipur on 11th January, 2017.

The organisations shall execute Binding Agreements based on the detailed due diligence being underway.
It may be noted here that AES India, Adani Power, Tata Power-ICICI were earlier in race for acquiring these power projects in Rajasthan.

A statement from the Rajasthan government said that eventually two more units of 660 MW each will be transferred to NTPC after their completion.

“After transfer of Chhabra thermal power plant to NTPC, the state government will receive equity as per latest valuation, and the losses being incurred from Chhabra will stop after transfer of the plant and debt liabilities of the state government shall also be reduced,” it added.

NTPC to take over Chhabra Power Station in Rajasthan

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India’s largest power generation company, NTPC Ltd has taken over the 2000 mw Chhabra Thermal Power Plant Stage-I (4x 250 MW) and 1320 mw Stage-II (2×660 MW) of Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited by NTPC Ltd.
The 2000 mw Chabra Stage-I is already operational.
The takeover move assumes significance as with the takeover of Rajasthan’s Chabra I and II thermal power projects by @ntpclimited to take the latter’s capacity to over 50,000 mw. The commissioning of 800 MW unit at Kudgi in Karnataka last month has already taken NTPC’s total installed capacity to 48,028 MW.
The power major signed a  Memorandum of Understanding ( MoU) with Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited   (RVUN) and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (RUVNL)  in the presence of Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan in Jaipur on 11th January, 2017.
The organizations shall execute Binding Agreements based on the detailed due diligence being underway. A. K. Gupta, Executive Director (Commercial)  NTPC,  N.K. Kothari CMD, RVUN and MD, Bannalal from RUVNL signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations.
AES India, Adani Power, Tata Power-ICICI were in race for acquiring the Rajasthan power project, newspaper Mint had reported earlier.

A statement from the Rajasthan government said that eventually two more units of 660 MW each will be transferred to NTPC after their completion.

“After transfer of Chhabra thermal power plant to NTPC, the state government will receive equity as per latest valuation, and the losses being incurred from Chhabra will stop after transfer of the plant and debt liabilities of the state government shall also be reduced,” said the statement.

Pushpendra Singh, Energy Minister of Rajasthan, Sanjay Malhotra, Principal Secretary Energy,   Shreemat Pandey, Chairman DISCOMS, A. K. Verma, Joint Secretary  Power Ministry (GoI),   Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, R. G. Gupta, Advisor Energy Deptt.  were present on this occasion.

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd. commissions two projects in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu


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Tata Power’s wholly-owned subsidiary—Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) and India’s largest renewable energy company has announced the commissioning of 36 MW wind capacity of a 100 MW wind farm (under construction) at Nimbagallu in Andhra Pradesh, and 49 MW solar plant at Kayathar, Tamil Nadu, under Welspun Renewable Energy Private Limited (WREPL).

With these, the operating renewable energy capacity of TPREL grows to 1,876 MW, comprising 841 MW wind, 915 MW solar, and 120 MW waste heat recovery capacity as of today. In FY16, Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd increased its operational capacity by 1169 MW.

TPREL completed the acquisition of WREPL last year to become the largest Renewable Energy company in India. In 2016, TPREL has won 320 MW of solar bids, which are under development and will be commissioned in 2017. The company has also added 304 MW wind capacity in 2016, which are under development and construction in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

“With the commissioning of these 2 projects, TPREL continues to fortify its position of being the largest renewable energy company in the country. Our strategic approach is in line with Tata Power’s aim to expand its clean energy portfolio up to 35-40% by 2025,”  said Rahul Shah, CEO & Executive Director, Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited.

“We are extremely proud of this development and we continue to seek to grow our portfolio in India and in select international markets through organic and inorganic opportunities,”he added.

 TPREL’s strategy emphasizes the development of clean energy generation from non-fossil fuel and renewable energy sources to balance the carbon emissions from fossil fuel based generation capacity while contributing towards energy security of the country.

Coal India close to achieving e-auction target for FY17

Coal India has almost achieved its e-auction target for the current fiscal, and is looking at offering additional supplies.

At the start of the year, it targeted eauction sales of 120 million tonnes of which it has already achieved 113 million tonnes by December, officials said.

On offer is an additional 5 million tonnes which company officials think would be lapped up as its prices would be far lower than the international prices and it would offer a long-term assured contract which could be extended to 25 years. This would make it 118 million tonnes against a target of 120 million tonnes “We are now looking at offering additional volumes depending on the demand and stock positions at various coalfields,“ a senior Coal India official said.

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USL Diageo and Essar Oil Collaborate for Road Safety in India

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On the occasion of National Road Safety week, United Spirits (USL), a Diageo Group Company, and Essar Oil Limited, have announced a path-breaking collaboration to create a paradigm shift in road safety in India.

This programme that brings two big corporate houses together in a unique partnership will create awareness and drive definitive behaviour change, particularly among commercial vehicle and truck drivers through a combination of on-ground at the point of sale (petrol pumps), as well as digital, activity.

Essar Oil currently has a retail footprint of over 3200 outlets and petrol pumps in India, many of which are situated along national highways.

The year-long programme will educate drivers, especially commercial drivers, who arrive at these petrol pumps, providing training and awareness on various aspects of road safety, particularly drunk driving.  It will also provide training for first responders to help and assist road crash victims with the support of Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS).

“The great aspirations of our economy require commensurate attention towards safety. As a responsible corporate and a fast growing retail fuel supplier for road travel and transportation, Essar Oil is committed to creating and widening awareness of safety measures to save precious human lives that could be lost in road accidents. Essar Oil is happy to partner with United Spirits on creating awareness about the importance of road safety,” Lalit Gupta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Essar Oil Limited, said.

“We are proud to have a like-minded partner in Essar Oil to address the critical issue of Road Safety in India. At United Spirits, we believe in the power of partnerships. Over the last three years, our signature Road to Safety initiative has worked with governments, NGOs and universities, achieving major milestones as a result of these strong partnerships. Essar Oil’s strong network and high vehicular footfall is an opportunity to further amplify our common cause of safer roads and initiate large-scale behaviour shifts,” said Anand Kripalu, Managing Director and CEO, United Spirits.

Recent government statistics reveal the appalling state of road safety in the country, bringing to light the astonishing data of 1 road accident occurring every four minutes in India. With over 1,45,000 fatalities a year, India accounts for 12.5% of global road accidents. The United Nations mentions that India suffers a loss of $58 billion annually due to accidents. In 2012, 48,768 lives were lost in road accidents on the national highways with the number increasing to 51,204 in 2015.

In support of the World Health Organisation’s goal to reduce the harmful use of alcohol by 10 per cent by 2025, in India, USL-Diageo has had a strong and multi-dimensional ‘Road to Safety’ initiative for the past three years, which has covered 23 states and 53 cities in India; trained 4,000 police officials on traffic regulations, enforcement of drunk driving offences and the correct usage of breath analysers; and educated 5,000 drivers of commercial vehicles on the dangers of drunk driving.

United Spirits Limited (USL) is a subsidiary of Diageo plc which is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. In 2013-14, Diageo plc acquired a 54.8% shareholding in United Spirits making India one of its largest markets.

The organization prides itself on innovative products that have made a mark on the world stage by regularly winning accolades and awards from international juries. USL exports its products to over 37 countries across the globe.

Headquartered in Bengaluru, USL has a strong global footprint supported by a committed team of 5000+ employees dedicated to fulfilling the company’s mission of becoming the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer goods company in India. The company has a strong distribution network and point of sale coverage and is represented in 81000 outlets across India. It has over 74 manufacturing facilities across 23 states and 3 union territories in India.

Essar Oil is a fully integrated oil and gas company of international scale with strong presence across the hydrocarbon value chain—from exploration and production to refining and oil retail.  Essar Oil owns India’s second largest single site refinery at Vadinar, Gujarat, having a capacity of 20 MMTPA, or 405,000 barrels per day. The Vadinar Refinery has a complexity of 11.8, which is amongst the highest globally. The refinery is capable of processing some of the toughest crudes and yet produces high quality Euro IV and V grade products.

Essar Oil has the largest private sector fuel retail network in India with over 3,200 operational outlets spread across 27 states and 4 Union Territories and more than 2,600 outlets at various stages of completion.

Tenders For 2300 mw of Solar Projects Shortly, SECI, MD, Ashvini Kumar

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Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) said on Monday that it will shortly float tenders for putting up 2300 mw of solar power projects. Alongside, SECI said it has also signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with various stakeholders for 3,200 MW of solar power.

SECI’s Managing Director Ashvini Kumar said the corporation is committed to finalise 5,500 MW of solar energy in next few years for which PPAs to produce 3,200 MW are already in place. Tendering process for the remaining 2,300 MW of solar power projects are at various stages of implementation, he said at a conference on ‘Roadmap to Achieve 175 GW Renewable Energy by 2022’.

Kumar also said that tendering for 100 MW of rooftop solar power projects have already been approved for government buildings as a separate package by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

“Following encouragement from the government to spur up and promote Make in India, the SECI has been specifying in its tendering documents a domestic content in solar power plants to also ensure level playing,” Kumar said.

According to him, Tamil Nadu has taken a lead in putting up solar power projects to a total capacity of 1,590 MW followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat with 1,370 MW and 1,158 MW respectively, whereas Andhra Pradesh has succeeded in creating a substantial solar capacity in its geographical landscape.

M Kamalakar Babu, managing director, New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP said the state will set up an energy university is for which a draft bill would be produced in the state Assembly in its budget session.


India’s power demand to expand four fold in the next 15 years and Japan Can Become An Important Business Partner : Goyal

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India’s power demand is going to expand four fold in the next 15 years to become one of the largest energy markets globally and it would open immense business opportunities for Japan in the sector in India, hence making this bilateral engagement mutually beneficial for both countries, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal said while presiding over a bilateral meeting with the Japanese delegation.

The meeting took place on the side-lines of the 7th India-Japan Energy Forum, 2017 being held in New Delhi today. The Japanese delegation is led by Hiroshige Seko, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan.

Speaking on the scope of India-Japan cooperation, Goyal said that this forum is a platform to engage with Japan for mutual benefit in the energy sector by working towards bringing Japanese strengths in cutting edge engineering and technology to India.

This, he said, would help India in enhancing Grid stability, bringing Electric Mobility at affordable prices to the country etc., which the Government is vigorously pursuing, he added

The Minister also informed that during the bilateral meet with his Japanese counterpart, it was put across that India and Japan should cooperate on long term contracts for LNG with a defined cost of energy which would provide a stabilizing factor for the Renewable Energy thrust that India is currently giving. India being a price sensitive market cannot afford costly power and hence needs Japanese cooperation in maintaining a balance between renewable energy and conventional coal based power.

Further, Goyal said that since large number of items in the Renewable energy sector come from abroad, we are working to create a sustainable framework for encouraging the manufacturing of solar equipments in India at less costs so as to make 24×7 Affordable and Quality power available to each citizen in India.

This will also give a fillip to the Make in India mission by scaling up manufacturing sector in India with the help of cutting edge Japanese technologies in the power sector. India should leap frog the learning curve with the help of contemporary next generation technologies and should not miss out on the opportunities to provide sustainable energy future to every citizen, based on their needs, he added.

No additional levy on use of cards at petrol stations says Petroleum Minister

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In what came as a big relief for consumers of petrol and diesel as also petrol pump owners, union minister of state (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan said Monday that neither the customers nor petrol pumpndealers will bear additional charges on digital transactions at petrol stations.

He said that the Government had issued guidelines in February 2016 stating that the Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charge will not be passed on to the consumers and that the stakeholders will take appropriate steps to absorb the MDR charges.

The Government has stepped in after the issue on levy on digital transaction at petrol stations was raised by association of petrol pump dealers.

Pradhan said that there will be no additional levy on digital transaction at petrol stations even after 13 January, 2017. He also clarified that the Petrol pump transaction fee is a business model between the banks & oil marketing companies which they will resolve.

The All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) on Sunday announced that it would not accept payments through credit and debit cards from Monday in protest the banks’ decision to levy additional charge of up to one per cent on such transactions.

Piyush goyal to dedicate world’s largest street light replacement programme to the nation

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Union Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal will dedicate the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP), currently running in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area, to the Nation in New Delhi on 9th January, 2017.

It is the World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture under the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

The SLNP programme is presently running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. A total of 15.36 lakh street lights have already been replaced in the country with LED bulbs, which is resulting in energy savings of 20.35 crore kWh, avoiding capacity of 50.71 MW and reducing 1.68 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.The energy efficiency market in India is estimated at US$ 12 billion that can potentially result in energy savings of up to 20 per cent of current consumption, by way of innovative business and implementation models.

Under the SLNP, SDMC area alone accounts for over 2 lakh street light replacements. The cumulative annual energy savings in SDMC through this programme is 2.65 crore kWh which has helped to avoid capacity addition of 6.6 MW, resulting in a daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases. Additionally in Delhi, under Phase II of the street lighting programme, EESL has signed a tripartite agreement with BSES and SDMC to install 75,000 more street lights with more focus on installation in parks.

In the SDMC Project, EESL is addressing complaints from various sources viz., registered from BSES helpline, night patrolling team by EESL, mobile vans, e-mails, social media and other sources including Ward Councilors.

Additionally, EESL is putting stringent complaint redressal mechanism and Centralized Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) to enable remote operation and monitoring of the street lights. CCMS provides real time information on energy consumption and remote monitoring of the street lights.

On the occasion, Shri Goyal will also launch the mobile app called EESL SL Complaint App for SDMC, wherein users can now lodge complaints about faulty street lights. These complaints will be addressed to within a period of 48 hours. Consumers can also WhatsApp on the helpline numbers 7827999111/ 7827999222 or they can send their complaints to