Despite India’s rapid electricity gains, quality remains a sticking point – report

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India has taken rapid strides in nearly doubling electricity access over the past two decades, but improving the quality and reliability of services remain as key challenges, according to a joint survey called Smart Access Study. The study, which was released in conjunction with NITI Aayog and the Rockefeller Foundation, was conducted to evaluate the status of electricity […]

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Asian Development Bank signs a $ 346 million loan pact for power supply project in rural Maharashtra

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Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed a $ 346 million loan pact to help provide efficient and reliable power supply to rural agriculture customers of Maharashtra. The signatories to the loan agreement are Maharashtra Rural High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS), Department of Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance, and […]

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Indian power distribution companies to turn profitable in 2-3 years, says minister

India’s power distribution companies, several of which are burdened by losses, are likely to turn profitable in two to three years as significant reforms are being rolled out, Power Minister R.K. Singh said on Wednesday.  The biggest problem is that many of the regulators that overlook state distribution companies are appointed by state governments, which in […]

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India’s coal-fired power output picks up on rise in industrial use from western states

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India’s coal-fired electricity generation rose 9.4 per cent in the first half of September, provisional government data showed, as demand from industrial western states rose for the first time since coronavirus lockdowns were enforced. The country’s overall electricity generation rose 1.6 per cent during the first 15 days of September, a Reuters analysis of daily […]

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Sale of diesel in India during August 2020 declined by 12% over July 2020: PPAC

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India’s consumption of diesel in August 2020 was 12 per cent lower than the levels recorded in July 2020, indicating a definite slowdown of economy as lockdown curbs in many areas has slowed industrial and commercial consumption. On a year-on-year basis, diesel consumption was down 20.7 per cent to 4.9 million tonnes in August. Diesel […]

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Shutting down old thermal power plants and freezing those under construction will save India Rs 1.45 lakh crore: Report

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Shutting down old coal-based power plants and freezing those under construction can save the national exchequer over Rs 1.45 lakh crore at a time when electricity demand has been hit due to COVID-19, a report by research organisation Climate Risk Horizons said. According to the report, this move will also improve the financial health of […]

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India issues guidelines bundling solar and thermal power in a world first

In a first-of-its-kind scheme in the world, solar and thermal power can be bundled by bidders to provide 24×7 electricity to power distribution companies (DISCOMs), according to the new official guidelines issued by the Ministry of Power (MoP). The aim is to scale up renewable energy without hurting the grid power with intermittent supply. According to the guidelines issued by the MoP for procurement […]

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