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Latest Power Sector Developments

October 19, 2019
Industrial tariff has risen sharply - Maharashtra
Power consumer activist Pratap Hogade has strongly contested the claim of state government regarding reduction in cost of power for industries in the state. He has pointed out that due to increase in fixed charges and reduction in night rebate the effective increase is quite high as compared to August 2012 tariff. The energy charges as per August 2012 power tariff of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) wa... Read more..
Power supply: applications to be cleared - Kerala
The Kerala State Electricity Board will clear the pendency of applications for power connections by August 15 on clearing litigations and the hurdles raised by the Forest Department, Power Minister Aryadan Mohammed has said. Replying to the discussion on the demand for grants for Power in the Assembly on Monday, Mr. Aryadan said 15,517 applications for power connections were pending when the government assumed office. As ... Read more..
Govt flips the switch to 20 year power plan
Shifting focus to power transmission, the Narendra Modi government would soon launch a 20-year plan for the sector to keep pace with growing generation and its poll promise of '24x7 power for all'. The plan, titled 'Perspective Transmission Plan for 20 Years' is being circulated to all states and sector stakeholders for their feedback. The total investment envisaged is Rs 2.6 lakh crore during the 13th Plan (period). Read more..
Coal India goes on a production overdrive to fuel economy
“Recover the coal sector for me, the entire economy will rebound.” This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first message to Union Coal Secretary Anil Swarup last October after appointing him as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the ministry. Recalling the conversation, Swarup now believes, with the successful auctioning of coal blocks to captive miners and state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) recording double-digit producti... Read more..
Solar panels power Sivaganga farmers
T Kannan, a farmer in Tiruppuvanam in the district, is a happy man today. For the past couple of years, erratic power supply had disrupted his water supply, constantly leaving him without water for irrigation. But today, he receives continuous water from 6am to 5pm, allowing him to comfortably grow plants like Vallarai Kerrai, Tulasi and Ponnanganni Kerrai. For this, he thanks the solar-powered water pump he recently inst... Read more..
Uttar Pradesh to oppose power supply’s privatization
The Akhilesh Yadav government in UP is all set for a fresh round of bout with the Modi government at the Centre, this time over the electricity amendment bill that potentially paves way for blanket privatization of power supply to the consumers. UP state power minister Yasar Shah confirmed to TOI that the state government had already sent its objection to the Union power ministry about the bill that seeks to bring in priv... Read more..
Power regulators in tussle over Electricity Act
The electricity regulatory commission at the Centre and in AP and TS are locked in a tussle over guidelines stipulated in the Electricity Act to address disputes between states. The Central ERC says that it alone can take up issues on a power plant supplying power to more than one state. The TS and AP ERCs insist that they can resolve the issues that emanate within their states. Read more..
3 Akola MSEDCL engrs suspended for demanding bribe to give power
Rattled by the attempted suicide by a farmer couple inside an MSEDCL office in Akola district, the top bosses have suspended three staffers including two engineers. Another engineer has been suspended for inordinate delay in issuing the demand note for new connection to an industrial consumer. Two engineers have been issued show cause notices in this case. Read more..
Power Supply Under Five Electrical Sections to be Hit - Kerala
Power supply to several places falling under five electrical sections in the district will be hit on Thursday on account of maintenance works, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) said on Monday. Supply to areas served by the Paravankunnu transformer in the Manacaud electrical section limits will be disrupted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday on account of repairs on the LT line. Supply to places served by the Mangot... Read more..
Coal allocation scam: SC seeks views from CBI, ED to probe Hindalco Industries' graft case
The Supreme Court on Monday sought views from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate ( ED) on a petition that demanded a probe into alleged payments worth crores made by Aditya Birla group company Hindalco Industries to environment ministry officials for getting various clearances to group companies. It sent also notices to the agencies over alleged diversion of coal from Reliance Power's Sa... Read more..
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