Power Newsletter - December 22 to 26, 2014

The peak power deficit declined to 3.7% last month from 4.4% in October, mainly on account of weaker demand, says report.

Dec 26, 2014 05:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Top News
Central Govt plans to invest Rs. 5,800 cr in solar sector
According to the report, Central Government is planning to invest Rs.5,800 crore in solar sector is expected to give a much-need fillip to the industry. Report said it need to establish 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects by Central Public Sector units and other government organisations. The projects are to be established with VGF support of Rs.1,000 crore over a period of 3 years (2015-18). NTPC, NHPC, CIL, IREDA and Indian Railways, among others have agreed to set up solar plants.
Peak power deficit declined to 3.7%
The peak power deficit declined to 3.7% last month from 4.4% in October, mainly on account of weaker demand, says report. Report said that the power requirement during November was 137,620 megawatt (Mw) of which 132,530 Mw was met, leaving a shortfall of 5,090 Mw, according to official data by the Central Electricity Authority. Total electricity demand during the period was 1,48,166 MW as against supply of 1,41,160 MW.
Cabinet gives nod to Ordinance on Coal
The Cabinet has given clearance to the Ordinance on Coal reforms, as per latest news reports. The bill, which did not get passed in the winter session of parliament due to the constant disruptions in the Upper house due to the conversion row, finally had to be taken as an ordinance by the Cabinet.
The Ordinance will facilitate e-auction of coal blocks for private companies for captive use and help allot mines directly to state and central PSUs. After the judgement of Supreme Court which rendered 204 coal mines as illegal, the government acted swiftly and prepared Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014.
News Infocus
Energy Audits to reduce energy wastage by commercial buildings: Nair
Modi government has recently initiated a new programme to reduce energy wastage by commercial buildings by systematically conducting energy audits across the country, said Jayakumar Nair, National Joint Secretary, Society of Energy Engineers and Managers, a certification body on energy management. He was addressing a group of bank employees at ING Vysya Bank corporate office in Bangalore on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Week.
Nair mentioned that the government has elaborate plans to develop a new framework for energy efficiency in commercial buildings that capture the existing building’s current usage, energy ratings, cost benefit analysis and subsequently initiate stringent conservation measures. Replacing regular bulbs with CFL and LED lights, maintaining the AC temperatures at 25degree Celsius, using devices on power save mode and use of public transport are the various ways one can take up to conserve energy, he said during an interactive session with bank employees.
Domestic News
Piyush Goyal launches portal for e-auction of Coal Mines
Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy has formally launched the portal for e-auction of 24 coal mines. The registration process has been started and interested bidders with end use plants could visit MSTC website for the purpose. The registration process will be as per KYC norms and will be available on MSTC website.
E-auction of coal mines for qualified bidders will be held from February14, 2015 to February 22, 2015.The entire mine allocation process for Schedule II coal mines will be completed by March 23, 2015 with the signing of Coal Mine Development & Production Agreement and the Vesting Order.The second phase of auction for 32 Schedule III coal mines will commence soon.
Coal Ministry to Commence First Batch of E-Auction of 24 Coal Mines
Pursuant to the order of Supreme Court and in line with the provisions of Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2014 and subsequent Rules, Ministry of Coal will commence the first batch of e-auction process for the 25-1-24 (Marki –Mangli II being in inviolate area as informed by MoEF) Schedule II mines from tomorrow, December 25, 2014.
Swarup stated that bidders with specified end use plant are only permitted to participate in this auction. After own consumption, if there is any surplus coal, the successful bidder will be permitted to sell the surplus coal only to CIL at respective bid price or notified price of CIL for that specific grade of coal. Registrations will commence on December 25, 2014 and interested bidders with end use plants could visit MSTC website for the purpose.The registration process will be as per KYC norms and will be available on MSTC website.
Alstom T&D to supply 765kV switchyard for NTPCs Darlipalli STPP
Alstom T&D India has secured an order worth around €23 million (INR 1800 million) from NTPC Limited tosupply a 765 kV switchyard at the 2x800 MW Darlipalli Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Sundergarh, Odisha. The 765kV switchyard will facilitate evacuatethe 1600MW of power produced by STPPto the state grid of Odisha. Alstom T&D India will design, engineer, manufacture, install and commission eleven 765kV bays and fourteen 132kV bays. All equipment will be manufactured and supplied from Alstom T&D India’s manufacturing facilities located in Padappai, Hosur and Pallavaram.
Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy Submits Report
Suresh P. Prabhu, Chairman of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy has presented its final report to Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy. The Advisory Group interacted with officials of Ministries of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, Environment and Forest, Cabinet Secretariat, CEA, various Public Sector Companies, under these Ministries, officials of some of the State Governments, Consulting organizations like Mckinsey, Bain & Company, KPMG, Centre for Policy Research, World Bank, Association of Power Producers etc. to ascertain their views and suggestions. The Report covers contemporary issues and challenges in respect of the Ministries of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy.
Suzlon bags new and repeat orders in UK
Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group has signed four new contracts totalling over 60 megawatts (MW) in the UK, including the first contract to be signed in the UK with developer RES. Located near Granthouse in the Scottish Borders, Penmanshiel wind farm, developed by RES, will consist of 14 Senvion MM82, with a total rated output of 28.7 MW, producing enough electricity to power more than 20,000 homes. Pre-construction works have recently started on site and project completion is due in autumn 2016. A 20 year service contract has also been signed for the project.
LG recognised with National Energy Conservation Award 2014 by BEE and Ministry of Power
Recognizing most energy-efficient Air Conditioner manufacturers, the Ministry of Power, Government of India has awarded LG Electronics India with the National Energy Conservation Award 2014 as manufacturers of BEE Star Labeled Appliances (Air Conditioners) Sector. Conferred by the Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal on the National Energy Conservation Day, the National Energy Conservation Award promotes and celebrates India’s benchmarks in energy conservation.
Receiving the prestigious award on behalf of LG Electronics India, Mr. Sourabh Baisakhia, Business Head, Room Air Conditioners, LG India, said “We feel privileged and honored after being awarded as manufacturers of BEE Star Labeled Appliances in the Air Conditioners sector."
TPCIL synchronises first 660 MW unit with the grid
As per news reports, Thermal Powertech Corporation India (TPCIL)  synchronised its first 660 MW unit with the grid. TPCIL is a joint venture between Gayatri Energy Ventures and Singapore-based Sembcorp Utilities. The total generation capacity of the plant is 1,320 MW, and it stands at Krishnapatnam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Sembcorp holds 65 per cent equity in the JV, while Gayatri Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gayatri Projects, owns the remaining 35 per cent.
BHEL debuts in Turkish Power Market
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has achieved a breakthough in its international business by making its maiden entry in the Turkish Power Market. Against stiff International Competitive Bidding (ICB) as the company has bagged a contract for rehabilitation of 3 units of Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) for the 430 MW Tuncbilek Thermal Power Project in Turkey on EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) basis. Valued at Euro 16.96 million, the order envisages dismantling, supply, civil works and erection & commissioning of the Electrostatic Precipitators. The order has been placed on BHEL by Electricity Generation Company which is the largest electric power company in Turkey. EUAS is owned by the Turkish government and it generates and supplies electricity throughout the country.
LED based energy efficient smartstreet lights launched in Delhi
The Union Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu launched LED based energy efficient smart street lights in the national capital. The launch programme, held in Naraina Vihar, was also attended by the Union minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said it is a good initiative to reduce electricity consumption in the city, and it will help in improving the financial health of various municipal corporations in the national capital. He said that supply of 24X7 electricity is one of the major components of the smart cities, being envisaged and planned by the Central Government. The smart city requires smart leadership as well citizens, and this has to be based on sense of responsibility and transparency. Naidu said the creation of infrastructure for smart cities requires huge amounts, and this can only be achieved through Public-Private Participation. He said that there is no dearth of intellect, skill or willingness to work hard among the people of India, and there is need to harness the potential to take India to the path of progress, development and prosperity. The Minister said that with the new Government, atmosphere of confidence and trust has come, investments have gone up, and there is enthusiasm among the people. He said the Government is committed to work for development and betterment of the masses.
Renewable Energy Programmes Gets A New Impetus
Giving a fillip to the country’s renewable energy programme, the new government led by Narendra Modi has taken a slew of decisions in a span of six months to boost “Clean Energy” in the country.  These include providing support to Rs 1000 crore to Central Public Sector units to set up over 1,000 MW grid connected solar photovoltaic power projects, setting up of 25 solar parks each with a capacity of 500 MW requiring financial support from the centre of Rs 4050 crore and setting up of over 300 MW of solar power projects by Defence and Para military establishments. With these decisions, India will emerge as a major solar power producing country as nowhere in the world are solar parks are being developed on such a large scale.
Tata Power: Technical snag developed in Unit No.7 at Trombay Thermal Power station
Tata Power Company Ltd has announced that a technical snag developed in Unit No.7 at Trombay Thermal Power Generating Station.However, there is no associated damage to any other equipment. The gas turbine generator rotor of the Combined Cycle Gas based unit developed an inter-turn short and ground. However, there is no associated damage to any other equipment. The exact extent of the fault / repair and schedule required would be known once the rotor end rings are dismantled and fault / damage is closely examined.

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