Reduced power demand has been an issue for some time in India and it has been blamed largely on financially challenged DISCOMs (utility companies). One of the most overlooked reasons is energy efficiency.
The Ministry of Power has written to the Central and State Electricity Regulatory Commissions to enforce tariff rationalisation for hydropower projects. These measures are expected to bring down tariff for power generated from a new hydropower project, a Power Ministry notification said.
Power Minister R K Singh Thursday ruled out consolidating all state-owned power sector firms like NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL and PFC into a single entity, saying it would be the biggest company of the world but will not be manageable.
The government on Thursday cleared investment proposals worth over Rs 31,560 crore in power projects, including two coal-based thermal plants and a hydro project on river Chenab in Jammu and Kashmir.
The latest sets of data from the power ministry suggest that the sector has witnessed a smart turnaround, mostly because of the UDAY scheme introduced a few years ago.
Power Minister, Th Biswajit replying to Dr Chaltonlien Amo stated that electrification of Tipaimukh areas have already started during the first week of February 2019 and is targeted to be completed by March 2019.
India Smart Utility Week 2019 to be Inaugurated by Shri AK Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power on March 13, 2019
ISUW 2019 is supported by Ministries of Power, New and Renewable Energy, Science and Technology, External Affairs, Heavy Industries, Environment Forest and Climate Change,
Given the surge in power demand during the summer season, the power ministry has asked the coal and railway ministries to ensure sufficient fuel supplies to the power plants so that they can run at full capacity utilisation levels (PLFs).
The Ministry of Power (MoP) has constituted a new committee to study and submit its recommendations into the issue of delayed payments by distribution companies (DISCOMS) to power generating companies (GENCOs) and Independent Power Producers (lPPs).
Union Power Minister R K Singh on Wednesday said the Modi government has made tremendous progress on the electricity generation front and India has started exporting energy to neighbouring countries.