Ghatkopar building goes solar, to save Rs1.65 lakh on power bills

A residential building has become the first in Ghatkopar to use solar energy to meet their electricity needs.

The 15-storey Shivshakti Heights, located near the railway station, has got a 9.135 kilowatt (kW) peak power rooftop solar system installed, which lights the lifts and the building’s common areas. The building is home to 76 families.

“Adopting solar energy is not only a smart move that results in savings but also contributes to improving the environment by helping reduce the carbon footprint,” said Dinesh Doshi, member of the co-operative housing society.

Spread across 1,100 square feet, the system consists of 29 solar panels that generate 14,600 kilowatt hour (kWh) solar energy as compared to 60,000 kWh, the annual electricity consumption of the society. The residents hope to save Rs 1.65 lakh in electricity bills annually. “During winter months, the panels generate 45 kWh solar energy in a day and during peak summer months, it goes up to 50 kWh,” said Animesh Manek, founder and director, Avishakti Rooftop Solar Pvt. Ltd, the private company that installed the system.

A Mumbai house with two bedrooms uses, on an average, around 8 KWh electricity daily. “By going solar, we reduce the dependency on the electricity grid and thereby cut the electricity bills by 25%,” said Bharat Satra, another resident of the building. Read More…

Empowering the Grid to meet Challenges of 24×7 Power To All

Government of India has set a vision of ‘24X7 Power for all’. To realize this vision, Ministry of Power, along with other central agencies, has put special focus on efficient utilization of conventional generation resources and development of 175 GW renewable capacity by 2022. All Central & State Government agencies along with private sector organizations are geared up to develop electricity infrastructure in the country.

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, shall be presiding over an event, ‘Empowering the Grid to meet Future Challenges’ in New Delhi on 21st December 2016. The event would be organized by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), under the auspices of Ministry of Power.For optimum use of resources, a strong National Grid has been evolved and a number of high capacity power transmission corridors have been developed to facilitate seamless power transfer from surplus regions to deficit areas.

During the event, Goyal would be releasing 3 reports viz., ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission, an Enabler’ and ‘Green Energy Corridors – II’ and ‘Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis’.

The first two reports, prepared by PGCIL, cover aspects of comprehensive transmission plan to integrate renewable energy sources into the National Grid and role of Transmission as an Enabler in growing Renewable Energy (RE) penetration scenario. The last report has been prepared by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO).

The ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission, an Enabler’ report covers the study of balancing and stability issues for 15% & 30% RE capacity penetration and the aspects of Balancing Reserve Analysis with Thermal Power Plants, both gas and supercritical coal, Reservoir type Hydro & Pumped Storage Plants and the Way forward.

The ‘Green Energy Corridors-II’ (Part-A) report details about the identified capacity of Solar Parks and transmission infrastructure requirement in various states at Intra-State and Inter-state level. It inter-alia covers the financing options available for rationalization of transmission tariff and the challenges to be addressed to facilitate smooth integration of solar power parks.

The ‘Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis’ report covers the analysis of data archived by POSOCO since 2008 with insights towards diurnal, seasonal and yearly demand patterns, decomposition of demand data into seasonal trends at all levels – National, regional and individual State level.

The Demand Pattern Analysis may be used by Central and state level planning agencies for Generation, transmission and distribution planning, Identification of areas/sectors with maximum growth and Behavioral pattern of the population residing in that state/ region. It can also be used as valuable input for research by the academia and the industry.

Goyal would also be launching ‘Coal Mitra’ – a Web portal for Flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal, during the event. The event is expected to be attended by State Energy Secretaries, Head of State Utilities, officials from International Financing Agencies, various CPSE’s, private sector and other Statutory bodies along with Media and Analysts.

Goyal Launches Citizen Engagement Window `SAMVAD’ As Part of Mobile App Garv II

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While Launching the Garv-II mobile App for tracking rural electrification in real-time basis on Tuesday, Union minister of state for power, coal, mines and RE, Piyush Goyal also unveiled the Citizen Engagement Window ‘SAMVAD’ which has been created to enhance participation of public at large.

GARV-II also has a citizen engagement window ‘SAMVAD’to enhance participation.

People can contribute in the programme by providing their feedback and suggestions which shall be automatically forwarded to the concerned Managing Directors and Superintending Engineers of DISCOMs through SMS & Email on their dashboard.

During the Garv-II launch event, the Minister presented awards to the best performing GVAs as well as the Digital India Award 2016 to GARV for featuring in the Top 3 best Apps that have played a pioneering role in bringing Good Governance in the country.

Goyal Launches Citizen Engagement Window `SAMVAD’ As Part of Mobile App Garv II

While Launching the Garv-II mobile App for tracking rural electrification in real-time basis on Tuesday, Union minister of state for power, coal, mines and RE, Piyush Goyal also unveiled the Citizen Engagement Window ‘SAMVAD’ which has been created to enhance participation of public at large.

SAMVAD is part of the GARV-II mobile App and is aimed at enhancing citizen engagement. People can contribute in the programme by providing their feedback and suggestions which shall be automatically forwarded to the concerned Managing Directors and Superintending Engineers of DISCOMs through SMS & Email on their dashboard.

During the Garv-II launch event, the Minister presented awards to the best performing GVAsas well as the Digital India Award 2016 to GARV for featuring in the Top 3 best Apps that have played a pioneering role in bringing Good Governance in the country.

Over 400 GVAs from 19 States,who interacted with the Minister. State Power Secretaries from 29 States were also connected through video conferencing.

IOC’s Mathura Refinery provides first batch of BS-VI HSD to Auto Manufacturers for Trial runs

In a clear indication that oil companies are geared up to meet the target of BS IV and BS VI, IndianOil’s Mathura Refinery despatched BS-VI HSD to automobile major Honda on 27th Oct’16, achieving an important milestone towards cleaner environment and the ambitious jump from BS-IV emission norms to BS-VI emission norms by 2020.

IndianOil has committed to provide the required quantities of BS-VI compliant HSD & MS fuels to Auto Industry in time bound manner in line with their requirement of redesigning & testing the automobile engines with upgraded BS-VI fuel in Indian climatic & road conditions.

IOC said in a statement that the move will help boost morale of the entire automobile industry that the oil companies are geared up to meet the target of BS IV and BS VI.

Sanjiv Singh, Director (Refineries), IndianOil congratulated S M Vaidya, GM I/C, Mathura Refinery and his team for the initiative.

“The government has set very stringent target of meeting BS IV and BS VI standard fuel quality and all our refineries are  working hard to meet the strict time lines of April,2017 for BS IV and April,2020 set for supplying BS VI compliant fuel, respectively,” IndianOil said.

“As the largest refiner of the country with the combined refining capacity of over 80 MMTPA of crude oil , IndianOil is constantly focussing on efficiency improvement, value addition, capacity enhancement and diversification for bottom-line improvement while improving the product quality of petroleum products to address environmental concerns,” said Sanjiv Singh.

Mathura Refinery successfully demonstrated preparation of first batch of BS-VI HSD on 1st Septermber, 2016 to provide efficient service towards auto OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers).

Mathura Refinery leading from the front has lived up to its reputation and has strengthen the belief that IOCL can pull off the herculean task of delivering BS-VI compliant fuel within the stringent time schedule i.e by Sep’19.Mathura Refinery also has limited capability to produce MS VI, however trial of same is pending due to prevailing high MS stocks.

It is expected that MS stocks shall be reduced to desired level by Dec-16; subsequently trial of MS VI shall be undertaken. Mathura Refinery can produce 10 TMT of MS VI and HSD VI on monthly basis. Despatch facility for HSD VI is being developed at MR & Refinery is also playing a pivotal role in developing the loading bay at Mathura Marketing Terminal to ensure consistent supply of BS-VI fuel to customers.

Prime Minister Modi Dedicates three Hydro Projects in Himachal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydro projects in Himachal Pradesh – the 800 MW Hydro Power Station of NTPC, 520 MW Parvati Project of NHPC and 412 MW Rampur Hydro Station of SJVNL.

With commencement of generation from four 200 MW units, NTPC – Koldam has achieved capacity of 800 MW and provides peaking capacity to the northern grid. It shall annually generate 3054 GWh electricity at 90% dependable year basis. Twelve percent of the electricity generated from Koldam is being supplied to the home state Himachal Pradesh free of cost while 1 percent to the state on account of Local Area Development fund.

The three hydro projects, the PM said, will bring prosperity to the state as well as other parts of the country.


All the Project Affected Families are being provided 100 units of electricity every month free of cost which accounts for 0.62 percent of the total generation. Thus, a total 13.62 percent of electricity generated from the plant is supplied free of cost to Himachal Pradesh, while remaining power is supplied to other states like Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttrakhand and Chandigarh.


Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (I/C )for Power, Coal , New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Vir Bhadra Singh, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare among others were present on the occasion.

CMD NTPC Gurdeep Singh shared the salient features and highlights of the Koldam Project through the model displayed at the venue to the Prime Minister.

The $12.9 bn Transaction To Sell 98% Stake in Essar Oil

The $12.9 bn Transaction To Sell 98% Stake in Essar Oil
·         Largest single tranche of inbound foreign direct investment
·         Transaction pegs Essar Oil’s enterprise value at Rs 72,800 crore ($10.9 billion) plus an additional Rs 13,300 crore ($2 billion) to be paid for Vadinar Port
·         Essar Global Fund decided to monetise Essar Oil, one of its key assets, after Rosneft and many other overseas firms evinced a keen interest in picking up a stake in the company
·         Rosneft, the Russian government owned integrated oil company, has picked up a 49% stake in Essar Oil Limited
·         Consortium of Trafigura and UCP pick up another 49% stake
·         All-cash deal expected to close in Q1 2017, subject to all necessary approvals
·         Essar plans to utilise proceeds from the stake sale to deleverage the Group and pave the way for strategic consolidation and growth in other businesses
·         There is no non-compete fee under the transaction with Rosneft
·         Deal in line with government’s vision to attract high ticket foreign investments into India
·         Transaction includes 20 MTPA refinery at Vadinar (Gujarat) and all supporting infrastructureessar
·         Deal demonstrates the ability of Indian businesses to attract overseas investment and indicates foreign players’ belief in the India growth story
·         Transaction also gives Rosneft and the UCP-Trafigura consortium access to Essar Oil’s pan-India network of over 2,700 fuel retail outlets
·         Deal will help Essar deleverage almost 50% of its Rs 88,000 crore debt and substantially reduce interest costs


Cabinet approves revision of ethanol price for supply to state-owned Oil Marketing Companies

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the mechanism for revision of ethanol price for supply to Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) for smooth implementation of their Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme.

It has been decided that for the next sugar season 2016-17 during ethanol supply period from 1st December, 2016 to 30th November, 2017, the administered price of ethanol for the EBP Programme will be Rs.39/- per litre.

Additionally, charges will be paid to the ethanol suppliers as per actuals in case of Excise Duty and VAT/GST and transportation charges as decided by OMCs. Also, if the need arises to increase/reduce the retail selling price of Petrol by Public Sector OMCs, then such increase/reduction would proportionately factor in the requirement of maintaining the fixed cost of purchase of ethanol during the ethanol supply year.

As per the decision, the prices of ethanol will be reviewed and suitably revised by Government at any time during the ethanol supply period that is from 1st December, 2016 to 30th November, 2017 depending upon the prevailing economic situation and other relevant factors.

The revision in ethanol prices will facilitate the continued policy of the Government in providing price stability and remunerative prices for ethanol suppliers.

The Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme was launched by the Government in 2003 which has been extended to the Notified 21 States and 4 Union Territories to promote the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels. This intervention also sought to reduce import dependency for energy requirements.

However, since 2006, OMCs were not able to receive offers for the required quantity of ethanol against the tenders floated by them due to various constraints like State Specific issues, Supplier related issues including Pricing issues of ethanol.

In order to augment the supply of ethanol, a need was felt to put in place a new mechanism for pricing of ethanol. Accordingly, the Government on 10th December, 2014 decided that the delivered price of ethanol at OMC depots would be fixed in the range of Rs. 48.50 per litre to 49.50 per litre including Central/State Government taxes and transportation charges.

The decision has helped in significantly improving the supply of ethanol. Ethanol supplies increased to 67.4 crore litres in 2014-15 and the projected supplies for ethanol supply year 2015-16 are around 120 crore litres. The objective to fix the delivered price of ethanol has been achieved to a large extent. In view of firming of sugar prices, falling crude prices and consequent under-recoveries of OMCs on this account, a need to re-examine the pricing of ethanol under EBP Programme has been felt.

Jharkhand becomes first state to launch Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene

Jharkhand has become the first state in the country to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene in four identified districts namely, Chatra, Hazaribagh, Khunti and Jantara from 1st October, 2016.

Under the DBTK Scheme, PDS kerosene is being sold at non-subsidised price, and, subsidy, as admissible, is being transferred to consumers directly into their bank accounts. This initiative of the governments is aimed at rationalising subsidy, based on the approach to cut subsidy leakages but not subsidy per se.

All You Need To Know About DBTK:

The Government has announced implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in Kerosene w.e.f. April, 1, 2016 in 33 districts identified by 9 State Governments namely, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Under the scheme for direct transfer of subsidy, the consumer will pay the non-subsidized price of kerosene at the time of purchase. Subsequently, the amount of subsidy will be directly transferred to the bank account of the beneficiary.

To avoid any inconvenience to the beneficiary during the initial purchase through payment of non-subsidized price, an initial amount of subsidy shall be credited to all eligible beneficiaries. As a part of this scheme, implementing

States will be given fiscal incentives equivalent to 75 % of subsidy saved in the first two years, 50 % of subsidy saved in third year and 25 % of subsidy saved in 4th year.

Challenges and issues associated with the implementation of the scheme: 

Various states have conveyed that issues having a bearing on implementation of the scheme included the basis of identifying beneficiaries, use of Point of Sale (PoS) machines, integration with the existing PDS system and modalities of availability of white kerosene, etc. were discussed.

Apart from the nine States, other States also evinced keen interest in joining the DBTK platform.

The government has decided to carry forward the process and discuss the modalities of implementation with the nominated nodal officers. All other stakeholders including NIC, Banks, etc will also be part of the consultative process.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan hints at replicating Jurong Model in India

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan during his Visit to the Jurong Island in Singapore on Saturday hinted at the possibility of replicating Singapore’s petrochemical complex at two places in India – in Odisha’s Paradip port and Haryana’s Panipat district.

Dharmendra Pradhan, who is currently on a visit to Singapore and London, tweeted, “Jurong model is interesting; similar petrochemical complex can be developed in Panipath and Paradip with good planning.”

“The Island hosts Ports, three refineries & several petrochemical plants manufacturing entire value chain of products,” Pradhan added.

Oil minister Pradhan hints at replicating Jurong Model in India

Dharmendra Pradhan in his tweets added that he visited the Jurong Island at Sembcorp, that provides all common utilities to the industries in the 35 sq km island.

Dharmendra Pradhan also visited Keppel Shipyard, Singapore where CEO YY Chow showcased high tech rigs, FPSO, LNG carriers developed by Keppels. The minister noted that many Rigs & FPSO working in Indian oil sector are developed here;some innovative technologies can be useful in India.




TARANG – the latest real time monitoring mobile application for transmission projects in India

As distribution of power vests with the states, the ways to imbibe accountability and transparency in the working of state distribution companies (or DISCOMs) also rests with the respective state governments.

While we still await a transparent system from states listing exact details on power purchase and its distribution to end consumers, the Central government (union power ministry) has already launched half a dozen mobile applications and e-platforms that give every citizen of this country besides other stakeholders a complete and transparent account of what is happening across the power generation and transmission space.

It is important to mention here that power being a concurrent subject—while generation and transmission of power is the responsibility of the Central government, the distribution of power and further giving electricity connections to people of this country is the responsibility of the state governments.

On its part, the ministry of power under minister Piyush Goyal has launched some significant mobile applications like Vidyut Pravah, Ujala, GARV, URJA (all being free mobile applications).

The latest digital offerings from the power ministry includes the TARANG’ mobile application along with two e-platforms: ‘e-Trans’ & ‘DEEP’ e-bidding web portals.

While the Vidyut Pravah mobile application is an excellent attempt to track availability and cost of power across India, TARANG is the latest mobile application that has caught the industry’s eye.

“TARANG” tracks the real time progress of transmission projects and associated works being carried out in transmission systems across the country.

Developed by RECTPCL, a subsidiary of Rural Electrification Corporation under the Ministry of Power, ‘TARANG’ (or the Transmission App for Real Time Monitoring & Growth) Mobile App & Web Portal is a powerful monitoring tool that tracks upcoming transmission projects and monitor the progress of Inter-State & Intra-State transmission systems in the country, being developed through Regulated tariff mechanism as well as Tariff Based Competitive Bidding(TBCB) route.

While facilitating effective monitoring of progress of under-construction transmission systems in the country, the TARANG app also gives details on the status of stalled/delayed transmission systems in country which would enable the stakeholders viz. Ministry of Power, State Governments, all private sector transmission developers and PSUs like Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., for expeditious completion of such projects.

Even the Green Energy Corridors, an important component of India’s renewable energy mission, would also be monitored through TARANG.

A new web platform : e-Trans’ has been launched for e-bidding and e-reverse auction for Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) in transmission projects. As a result, companies bidding for power transmission projects will no longer be required to submit manual bids.

With e-Trans, the interface will be electronic and on the lines of coal sector, reverse auction will allow bidders to revise their bids during live bidding process for transmission sector projects.

Companies that will bid the lowest levelised tariffs for power transmission will bag the projects. A better price discovery shall ultimately benefit the power consumers in India.

While ensuring transparency and accountability, the step is being seen as a big boost for enhancing investors confidence in undertaking power transmission projects.

All these three e-platforms including “TARANG’ , the Mobile App, ‘e-Trans’ & ‘DEEP’ e-bidding web portals, that have been developed by Rural Electrification Corporation Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of REC Ltd and were launched by the Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Piyush Goyal on August 17.

Introduction of the electronic platform shall enhance ease, accountability & transparency and would boost confidence of investors in power transmission sector.

‘DEEP (or Discovery of Efficient Electricity Price) e-Bidding’ portal for medium term (1-5 years) purchase of power provides a common e-bidding platform with e-reverse auction facility to facilitate nation-wide power procurement through a wider network so as to bring uniformity and transparency in the process of power procurement.

By the introduction of e-Bidding and e-reverse auction process for medium term (1-5 years), the time span of the complete bidding process and the cost of procurement of power is expected to be reduced substantially, thereby significantly benefiting the ultimate consumers.