Powering the energy sector

Synopsis: The Electricity (Amendment) Bill will be a game-changer if we implement its provisions successfully. Introduction India’s energy sector is struggling to meet the development needs of people. Also, DISCOMS are fighting with various problems ranging from poor infrastructure, ineffective operations to State level tariff policies. Under this backdrop, the Government of India released Electricity… Continue reading Powering the energy sector

Free power at a big price

Synopsis: The promise of free power to households/ other activities cannot be sustained. Introduction With elections coming near in many states, political parties started offering a lot of freebies to the people. Promises such as free power up to 300 units /month for households, free households, free households etc have been made. These all have… Continue reading Free power at a big price

Nursing the ailing power discoms back to health

Synopsis: Despite the UDAY scheme, the condition of DISCOMS is critical. This demands a closer analysis. Introduction The DISCOMS provide power to households by connecting power producers to households. Though this seems a good economic proposition, the condition of DISCOMS in India is fragile. What are the causes for the fragile economic health of Discoms?… Continue reading Nursing the ailing power discoms back to health

SAUBHAGYA completes Four years of successful implementation

What is the News? SAUBHAGYA Scheme has completed four years of successful implementation. What is the Saubhagya Scheme? The SAUBHAGYA Scheme was announced by the Prime Minister in 2017.  Objective: To achieve Universal Household Electrification in the country through last-mile connectivity and providing access to electricity to all un-electrified households in rural areas and poor… Continue reading SAUBHAGYA completes Four years of successful implementation

NTPC commissions largest Floating Solar PV Project in the country

Source: PIB What is the News? The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Ltd has commissioned the largest floating solar PV project in Andhra Pradesh. About the Largest Floating Solar PV Project: The largest Floating Solar PV Project of 25MW is located on the reservoir of Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.  This is the… Continue reading NTPC commissions largest Floating Solar PV Project in the country

Government proposes amendment to Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge) Rules

Source: PIB What is the News? The Ministry of Power has released the draft Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge) Amendment Rules, 2021. Purpose of the Amendment: The Rules seek to amend the norms for facilitating electricity generators to sell power to third parties. This can help reduce fixed costs and cut retail tariffs for electricity consumers.… Continue reading Government proposes amendment to Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge) Rules

Revisit the idea of ‘aging out’ India’s coal plants

Source: The Hindu  Synopsis: It is right to let old coal capacity fade away in due course, but age shouldn’t be used as the sole criteria for it. The focus should be on doing detailed analysis and weeding out the needless capacity in the pipeline, to derive long-term economic and environmental benefits. Background: The government… Continue reading Revisit the idea of ‘aging out’ India’s coal plants

Expiry of safeguard duty: Boon for solar developers, bane for manufacturers

Source: Business Standard  Synopsis: The decision of the center to impose a basic customs duty from April 2022 and the expiration of the existing safeguard guard duty will result in higher solar imports. This move will benefit solar plant developers, but create more problems for domestic manufactures.   Background: Indian solar cell and module makers may… Continue reading Expiry of safeguard duty: Boon for solar developers, bane for manufacturers

Explained: Electricity amendment bill 2021 —why are states such as WB opposing it?

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Resolving issues with the discom-sector. Synopsis: The Central government is facing opposition to the Electricity Amendment Bill 2021 even before it is introduced in Parliament. Examining key concerns being raised. Context West Bengal Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister requesting that the Bill not be brought before Parliament claiming… Continue reading Explained: Electricity amendment bill 2021 —why are states such as WB opposing it?

Power Minister Launches “Reform and Regulatory Knowledge base for Power Sector

Source: PIB What is the News? The Union Minister for Power has launched a “Reform and regulatory knowledge base for the power sector” and a “Regulatory Data Dashboard Program”. These initiatives have been developed by IIT Kanpur. About Reform and regulatory knowledge base for the power sector: It is an e-certification program to provide regulatory… Continue reading Power Minister Launches “Reform and Regulatory Knowledge base for Power Sector

The draw of space and nuclear technologies

Source: thehindu.com Synopsis: It remains to be seen whether the new ventures of Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates will strike a chord and benefit mankind. The projects are aimed to address the issues of climate change and high reliance on fossil fuels, however they are subjected to various criticisms. Background: Jeff Bezoes blasted into space… Continue reading The draw of space and nuclear technologies

Rural Power sector – Way ahead: Explained, pointwise

Source: The Hindu   Syllabus: GS 3 – Infrastructure: Energy Relevance: India’s power sector and the problems with Discoms need radical solutions to achieve Energy Security. Introduction Recently, Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission(RERC) ordered that energy access must go beyond powering rural homes. In other words, the order mentioned the need to electrify essential and productive human… Continue reading Rural Power sector – Way ahead: Explained, pointwise

Smart Metering Program shouldn’t be implemented in Haste

Relevance: Inefficient discoms have been a critical problem for India’s power sector since long.   Synopsis: Smart meters have the power to improve the revenue recovery rate of discoms and ensure better electricity services to the consumer. But such outcomes can be expected only if our roll-out program are executed well and not in haste.  Background:  Announced in Union Budget 2020 –21, smart… Continue reading Smart Metering Program shouldn’t be implemented in Haste

Renewable energy: Centre looking to set up portal to disclose payment delays by Discoms

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE) is considering setting up a web portal to publicly disclose payment delays to renewable energy players from power distribution companies (Discoms).This move is expected to usher in more transparency in pending payments. The industry has demanded that a portal should be similar to Payment Ratification and Analysis in… Continue reading Renewable energy: Centre looking to set up portal to disclose payment delays by Discoms