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    Consumers to get 20W LED tube lights at Rs 230: Piyush Goyal
    By PTI | Updated: 5 Dec, 2016, 17:22 hrs

    NEW DELHI: State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will distribute LED tube lights at Rs 230 per unit to consumers through discoms and other marketing channels, Parliament was informed today.

    At present, the retail price of LED tube lights of 20 W ranges between Rs 700-800 per unit.

    The consumers would get these lights at one-fourth of the market price and that too without any subsidy.

    "EESL plans to distribute LED tube lights of 20 watts to consumers at an upfront cost of Rs 230 per unit," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

    According to the statement, these tube lights have a technical warranty of 3 years against defects. The distribution of LED tube lights will be done by EESL in the same manner as under the Unnat Jyoti By Affordable LEDs For All (UJALA) scheme, which provides LED bulbs to domestic consumers at an affordable price.

    Earlier in August this year, EESL received bids as low as Rs 140 per unit for supply of these tube lights. The economy of scale helps EESL reduce procurement price of energy efficient appliances.

    As per estimates of EESL, the replacement of conventional tube lights with LED ones will result in annual average saving of around Rs 350. Thus, a consumer would be able to recover the cost within 7-8 months.

    ESSL has already brought down the retail price of 9 watt LED bulbs under UJALA scheme to as low as Rs 65 per unit to encourage consumers to opt for these energy efficient lights.

    The aggregation of demand and bulk procurement have resulted in reduction of 88 per cent in procurement prices of LED bulbs from Rs 310 per piece (in February 2015) to Rs 38 (in August 2016).

    Retail price of LED bulbs has been reduced to Rs 65 from Rs 550 during the same period.

    The government wants to replace all the 77 crore incandescent bulbs sold in India with LED bulbs under this scheme. This will result in reduction of 20,000 MW load, energy savings of 105 billion kwh and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions savings of 80 million tonnes every year.

    The annual saving in electricity bills will be Rs 40,000 crore, considering an average tariff of Rs 4 per kwh.

    Each LED bulb helps a consumer save anywhere between Rs 160 to Rs 400 every year and has a life expectancy of 25,000 hours, thus making the cost recovery less than a year.

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    Overall power deficit at 0.7 per cent in April-October: Piyush Goyal
    By PTI | Updated: 24 Nov, 2016, 15:39 hrs

    NEW DELHI: India recorded overall power deficit of 0.7 per cent in the first 7 months of the current fiscal, with availability of 681.34 billion units, as against demand of 686.09 BU, Parliament was informed today.

    The government has planned to make the country energy surplus with generating target of 1,178 billion units to achieve overall electricity surplus of 1.1 per cent in 2016-17.

    According to the Load Generation Balance Report (LGBR) for 2016-17, the Centre has set a target of generating 1,178 billion units with overall surplus of 1.1 per cent and peak surplus of 2.6 per cent.

    In a written reply to the Lok Sabha today, Power Minister Piyush Goyal stated that 681.34 BU were available against the power demand of 686.09 BU during the April-October period this fiscal recording a deficit of 0.7 per cent. In 2015-16, this deficit was 2.1 per cent.

    Similarly, he further stated that against the peak power requirement of 1.59 GW, as much as 1.56 MW was available in April-October period, resulting in peak power deficit of 1.6 per cent. Last fiscal, peak power deficit was 3.2 per cent.

    In another reply to the House, Goyal stated that during 2016-17 (April to October), 568.85 BU of thermal power was produced in the country.

    He further stated that the average Plant Load Factor (PLF or proportion of capacity utilisation) of thermal power plants (coal/lignite) during 2016-17 (April-October, 2016) was 59.17 per cent and the PLF for gas based power plants during 2016-17 (April-October, 2016) was 23.59 per cent.

    Listing the step taken by government to boost electricity generation for making India power surplus, the minster said: "During the 12th Plan period (2012-17), a capacity addition of about 88928.2 MW against the target of 88537 MW from conventional sources have been achieved till October 31, 2016 and about 21,128 MW against the target of 30000 MW from renewable sources have been achieved till September 30, 2016."

    He also said that the growth of domestic coal supply to power plants has been around 6.2 per cent during 2015-16.

    During the 12th Plan 1,00,468 ckm against the target of 1,07,440 ckm of transmission lines and 2,88,458 MVA against the target of 2,82,750 MVA of transformation capacity have been completed till October 31, 2016, he added.

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    What the article has not analyzed is that to generate 20000 MW, you need to establish a capacity of about 30000 MW which will involve a capital outlay of Rs 150000 crore atleast.
     
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    Government mulls long-term gas contracts to run power plants: Piyush Goyal

    Concerned that India’s demand of gas is not fully exploited, Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said the government is looking to sign long-term gas contracts with other countries to run its under-utilised power plants.
    “We are hoping to tie up long-term gas contracts… so that we can start powering our gas-based power plants once again many of which are running at a very low level of capacity utilisation,” Goyal said addressing a ministerial session at Petrotech conference here.
    Elaborating further, he said, “We do hope to see in the days to come some engagement where we can bring down our cost of gas and start powering our gas-based power plants. This will not only provide us clean fuel but also lead to spinning reserve so that our electricity grid remains stable. This will help us providing 24X7 affordable power to all by 2022.”
    Earlier last year, the government had launched gas subsidy scheme under the Power System Development Fund (PSDF) to run stranded gas-based power plants is the country. Three phases of auction of e-bid Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) have been completed so far and the fourth Phase is presently under operation from October 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.Under the fourth phase, PSDF support ranges from Rs 0.21 per unit to Rs 0.22 per unit, which was secured by the successful bidders in the reverse auction.
    The Centre had sanctioned PSDF scheme for importing spot Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) in 2015-16 and 2016-17 for the stranded gas based power plants as well as for plants receiving domestic gas up to the target Plant Load Factor (PLF), selected through a reverse e-bidding process.
    The grid-connected gas based power generation capacity in the country is 24,150 MW. Of this, a capacity of 14,305 MW had no supply of domestic gas. These comprise 29 plants, which were eligible to participate in the auction under PSDF.
    Goyal said the discussion during the Petrotech will help in framing a policy to expand the use of gas in days to come.
    He further said, “India is largely import dependent in oil sector. We are 81 per cent import dependent in oil and 37 per cent in gas… we are not consuming gas to the extent we can. True demand of gas is not being exploited.”
    On climate change, he said, “India is one country which is committed in its global fight against climate change. Our role in this global effort is not dependent on what any other country does. It is not because of compulsion but it comes out with commitment.”
    Talking in lighter vein he said, “This is one industry (oil sector) which has dominated world politics. It is oil and gas. Probably, it dominated (US) election results…”
    In another session, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “Petroleum Ministry and Petrochemical Ministry should be linked together. There should be one ministry.”
    He further said, “There is no rationale of having one petroleum ministry and petrochemical ministry. There is need for convergence and integration across. A lot of value addition will happen across sectors like in gas with new technologies.” Talking about Make in India, he said there is specific plan across 25 sectors for make in India and there has been continuous monitoring of these sectors by the government.

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    NTPC to phase out 11,000 Mw old power plants in five years: Piyush Goyal
    The company would phase out power plants older than 25 years and added that the whole process would require around Rs 50,000 crore and would take around five years
    Debapriya Mondal | ETEnergyWorld | December 14, 2016, 19:59 IST


    New Delhi: Country’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd will replace its old power plants having a total capacity of 11,000 Megawatt, power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal today said.

    He said the company would phase out power plants older than 25 years and added that the whole process would require around Rs 50,000 crore and would take around five years.

    “It is very concerning that this country has very old power plants running which leads to very high carbon dioxide emission. The government wants to not only bring in new pollution control technology but also wants to phase out old power plants to bring down pollution levels,” Goyal said.

    He further said that on Monday he had a consultation with NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Gurdeep Singh and within two days NTPC confirmed that it will phase out its old plants.

    “NTPC has already given the in-principle clearance to replace around 11,000 MW of its old, inefficient thermal power plants,” he said.

    Further, the Minister informed that the Power Ministry is in talks with the Environment Ministry for clearances, which should not be a problem as it is a huge step in increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. He also urged the State Governments to work in Mission-mode to modernize their existing thermal power plants with new super critical technology
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    Automatic Environment clearance for replacing old units of NTPC: Piyush Goyal
    Shreya Jai | New Delhi Dec 14, 2016 08:06 PM IST

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    In a bid to speed up replacement of old units of state owned power producer NTPC, the Power Ministry is pursuing the Environment Ministry to consider automatic approval.

    "We have asked the environment minister that no new environment approval should be needed by these plants. As these would be as per the environment norms, they should get automatic approval. They will look into the suggestion and take decision," said Piyush Goyal, minister of state for coal, power, mines and new & renewable energy.

    He said this would help speed up the investment approval for these units. The minister said the NTPC has already done informal board consultation and received in-principle approval for replacing around 11,000 MW of power plants which are older than 25 years.

    "As land, water supply and other infrastructure is available, the cost should be approximately Rs 50,000 crore. The rate of interest is low and will be lower post demonetisation," said Goyal.

    Business Standard had earlier reported that NTPC, is planning to build new units at existing plant sites and phase out the old ones. The first two identified plants are at Talcher and Badarpur, two of the oldest NTPC units. JV Industrial Companies, an American firm, is studying the Talcher plant.

    NTPC had also sent a team to Japan, Europe and the US to study available technology and the retrofitting that can be done. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) estimates 10,180 MW of supercritical units can be installed in place of retired plants or those proposed for retirement with a total capacity of 5,228 MW.

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    Rs. 4866 crore saved in energy conservation, Piyush Goyal to felicitate Winners of National Energy Conservation
    The participating entities for the 2016 energy awards have collectively invested Rs.5111 crore in energy conservation measures and achieved monetary savings of Rs. 4866 crore in a short period of 13 months.
    By Shubhang Chauhan | Updated: December 13, 2016 7:33 PM IST Follow Email
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    Rs. 4866 crore saved in energy conservation, Piyush Goyal to felicitate Winners of National Energy Conservation
    New Delhi, Dec 13: The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal, will inaugurate the National Energy Conservation Day in New Delhi on December 14 and felicitate winners of National Energy Conservation Awards and National Energy Conservation Painting Competition 2016.
    In a press release, the ministry said, “The participating entities for the 2016 energy awards have collectively invested Rs.5111 crore in energy conservation measures and achieved monetary savings of Rs. 4866 crore in a short period of 13 months. The investment will continue to pay in the coming years as well. These entities have also saved 7378 million units of electricity, which is equivalent to the energy generated from a 1352 MW thermal power plant.”
    Spearheaded by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, the awards recognise industrial and other establishments which have taken effective measures to conserve energy, and students from across the country who paint ideas for energy conservation. A large number of Industrial units, office & BPO buildings, hotels, hospitals, zonal railways, railway stations including metro stations, state designated agencies, municipalities, manufacturers of BEE star labelled appliances, thermal power stations, universities and other Institution buildings, electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), financial institutions and state road transport corporation & undertakings sent in their entries for Energy Conservation Awards aimed at recognising effective energy efficient technologies and practices, the press release that is available on PIB said.
    Piyush Goyal will interact, through video conferencing, with school students across the country and view their paintings depicting exciting ideas on energy conservation. He will also share with students his own ideas on the subject. This year, more than 1.14 crore students from across the country participated in the school painting competition, which is 8% higher than the last year.
    Besides presenting the painting competition prizes, Mr. Goyal will also present National Energy Conservation Awards 2016 – 3 Top Rank Awards, 43 First Prizes, and 48 Second Prizes to establishments for best energy conservation technologies and practices.

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    Govt committed to bring power to all households by 2019: Piyush Goyal
    IANS | New Delhi Dec 11, 2016 05:40 PM IST

    Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday said the Centre is committed to supplying electricity to every household in the country by 2019.

    Addressing the 'Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit' at Rashtrapati Bhavan here, the Minister called upon the international community to act in unison for making the world a better place for children.

    "Why wait for 2030 for the sustainable development goal of power to reach every house? Fourteen years is too long a time and too significant for our children. If we have to make a difference, we have to make it now.

    "The Modi government assured of electricity to every house by 2022. But I have made it a personal mission to see that electricity reaches every home by 2019 so that children get equal opportunity for a better life," said Goyal.

    "I think this is small debt that our generation owes to our children," he said.

    Hailing the summit that brought together around 25 laureates and leaders, Goyal said it was time for the world to come together and battle child labour, trafficking and slavery.

    "Let us shake the world's conscience; let's tell the world that we have to work together to make a difference to the children of our times. If we can't together stand up for children, we will not be standing up for anything much," he said.

    Piyush Goyal lauded students of Kashmir for taking Class XII board examinations amid continuous unrest and terror threats.

    "Schools in the Kashmir valley were burnt but I salute the grit and determination of the students of Kashmir who, despite terror threats, came out in large number for the board exams. Over 95 per cent of the students took the exams despite adversity," he said.

    Enumerating the various child rights schemes of the Narendra Modi government, Goyal said education is a potent weapon to battle discriminations and prejudices faced by children.

    The second and concluding day of the summit saw the likes of Nobel Peace Prize winners Tawakkol Karman and Leymah Gbowee, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Panama's first lady Lorena Castillo sharing their vision for creating a child-friendly world.

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    Ministry of Power16-December, 2016 18:19 IST
    NTPC and NALCO signs MoU to establish a 2400 MW Coal based power project at Gajmara, Odisha

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NTPC Limited and National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), here today. The MoU will facilitate the setting up of a Joint Venture (JV) Company to establish a 2400 MW coal based power project at Gajmara, Dhenkanal, Odisha.
    Addressing the media, Shri Goyal informed that the generated power will be taken by the NALCO as a JV partner for the Brownfield expansion of its 5 lakh tonne Aluminium smelter at Angul and the Greenfield project of a 6 lakh tonne smelter at Kamakhya Nagar, Odisha. The estimated investment in all these projects will be approximately Rs. 36,000 crores.
    Further, Shri Goyal noted that this JV is a unique win-win project for both the companies. In a situation of India being Coal surplus and power prices coming down, NTPC would be able to provide uninterrupted power supply to NALCO’s plants through this project. On the other hand, NALCO would be able to produce Aluminium in the country, which previously was not possible due to high power prices, he said.
    “We have brought back Aluminium smelter plant to the people of Odisha, which was going to be established outside the country due to lack of cheap power in the country a couple of years back. This would not only give a boost employment generation in the region but also give a fillip to economy of the country as a whole”, Shri Goyal said.
    Speaking about the sensitivity of Ministry of Power towards environment conservation, Shri Goyal said that the Ministry has taken cognizance about the pollution being caused by thermal power plants in the region and NTPC has accorded in-principle approval to modernize all power plants older than 25 years, in the next 5 years, by replacing them with energy efficient supercritical power plants. Hence the people of Dhenkanal will experience an improvement in the Quality of Life in the times to come, he added.
    Congratulating the Ministry of Power for executing the long pending project, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan said that after the establishment of this power plant, this less developed region of Odisha would experience the fruits of its own mineral wealth being used for the all-round development of its own people, which was not the case so far. The 2400 MW power plant at Dhenkanal and the increased Aluminium production at Angul and Kamakhya Nagar would fuel industrial growth, in a sustainable manner, that would transform the face of the region in near future, he added.
    The JV between NTPC and NALCO has potential to create value for both the companies which have public equity – both Government of India equity as well as publicly held equity. Both the companies will initiate the efforts on fast track and necessary modalities like the Joint Venture Agreement, Power Purchase Agreement etc. will be finalized by the end of the current financial year.
    Other dignitaries present at the MoU signing ceremony were Shri Tathagata Satpathy, MP Lok Sabha from Dhenkanal constituency of Odisha, Shri Prafulla Kumar Malik, Minister for Labour & Employees State Insurance, Steel and Mines, Government of Odisha, Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC, Dr. T. K. Chand, CMD, NALCO and other senior officials of the Ministries of Power and Mines.
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    Ministry of Power15-December, 2016 18:04 IST
    India to Receive Euro 1 billion Soft Loan for ‘Green Energy Corridors’ from Germany

    Union Minister for State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today, said that in order to facilitate integration of large scale renewable generation capacity addition, a comprehensive scheme including Intra-State and Inter-State transmission system has been identified as a part of ‘Green Energy Corridors’. Intra-State Transmission System is being implemented by respective State Transmission Utilities (STU) and Inter-State Transmission System is being implemented by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL).
    The Minister informed that for the funding of green energy corridors in both intra and inter State transmission projects, under the framework of cooperation between Govt. of India and Govt. of Germany, KfW Germany is providing soft loan to the tune of Euro 1 billion. Intra State transmission schemes under Green Energy Corridors (GEC) are to be funded as 20% equity of the State Govt., 40% grant from National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) and 40% soft loan, whereas, the inter State transmission schemes are to be funded as 30% equity by PGCIL and 70% as soft loan, he added.
    For Inter-state transmission projects pertaining to Part A, B and C of Green Energy Corridor, loan agreement for financial assistance of Euro 500 million from KfW, Germany has been signed by PGCIL and the projects are likely to be completed by 2018. Further, for implementation of transmission schemes under Green Energy Corridor-Part D, PGCIL has taken loan from ADB.
    For Intra-state transmission projects under Green Energy Corridor; the States of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have signed the loan agreements from KfW, Germany for financial assistance of Euro 76 million, Euro 49 million, Euro 57 million, Euro 68 million, Euro 114 million and Euro 124 Million respectively.
    Further, Shri Goyal added that in order to integrate solar parks with the grid, Ministry of Power assigned PGCIL to implement Inter-State transmission scheme for evacuation from 8 solar parks (7200 MW). Transmission scheme for 6 solar parks (5750 MW) is already under implementation [Ananthapuram (1500 MW), Pavagada (2000 MW), Rewa (750 MW), Bhadla-III (500 MW), Bhadla-IV (250 MW), Essel Saurya (750 MW)]. Tender issued for Banaskantha Solar Park (700 MW), whereas Long Term Access (LTA) application for other MP solar park from the developer is awaited.
    To evacuate power from the renewable capacity addition in renewable rich States (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu), transmission system strengthening, both Intra State and Inter State, along with setting up of Renewable Energy Management Centre (REMC) and the control infrastructure is being implemented under GECs.
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    Ministry of Power15-December, 2016 18:06 IST
    World Bank Study pegs India’s Energy Efficiency Market at Rs. 1.6 Lakh Crores

    Union Minister for State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today, said that a World Bank study has pegged India’s Energy Efficiency Market at Rs. 1.6 Lakh Crores.
    Shri Goyal informed that the study titled, ‘Utility Scale DSM Opportunities and Business Models in India’, notes that the renewed Demand Side Management (DSM) market potential is estimated to be 178 billion kWh of energy savings per annum. This figure roughly translates into 18-20 percent of the current levels of all India annual electricity consumption and 150 million tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction potential, he added.
    Further, the Minister informed that the study has placed 5 States, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Kerala, in terms of their overall energy efficiency implementation readiness.
    The Ministry of Power, Government of India has fixed energy savings targets for XII Plan period (2012-17) as 60.5 BU (billion units) through various energy efficiency interventions, Shri Goyal added.
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    Ministry of Power13-December, 2016 12:33 IST
    7378 million units of Electricity, Rs. 4866 crore saved through energy efficiency measures in 2015-16

    National Energy Conservation Awards 2016 to be presented by Shri Piyush Goyal

    The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, will inaugurate the National Energy Conservation Day here on December 14 and felicitate winners of National Energy Conservation Awards and National Energy Conservation Painting Competition 2016.
    The participating entities for the 2016 energy awards have collectively invested Rs.5111 crore in energy conservation measures and achieved monetary savings of Rs. 4866 crore in a short period of 13 months. The investment will continue to pay in the coming years as well. These entities have also saved 7378 million units of electricity, which is equivalent to the energy generated from a 1352 MW thermal power plant.
    Spearheaded by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power, the awards recognise industrial and other establishments which have taken effective measures to conserve energy, and students from across the country who paint ideas for energy conservation. A large number of Industrial units, office & BPO buildings, hotels, hospitals, zonal railways, railway stations including metro stations, state designated agencies, municipalities, manufacturers of BEE star labelled appliances, thermal power stations, universities and other Institution buildings, electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), financial institutions and state road transport corporation & undertakings sent in their entries for Energy Conservation Awards aimed at recognising effective energy efficient technologies and practices.
    Shri Piyush Goyal will interact, through video conferencing, with school students across the country and view their paintings depicting exciting ideas on energy conservation. He will also share with students his own ideas on the subject. This year, more than 1.14 crore students from across the country participated in the school painting competition, which is 8% higher than the last year.
    Besides presenting the painting competition prizes, Shri Goyal will also present National Energy Conservation Awards 2016 - 3 Top Rank Awards, 43 First Prizes, and 48 Second Prizes to establishments for best energy conservation technologies and practices.
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    Shri Piyush Goyal launches ‘Coal Mitra’ Web Portal to facilitate Flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal

    Power Minister releases Reports on Renewable Energy Integration in National Grid as Green Energy Corridors and Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis

    Coal Swapping Allowed between Government/ PSUs and the Private Sector
    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal launched ‘Coal Mitra’, a Web portal for flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal and released reports on ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission an Enabler’, ‘Green Energy Corridor II’ and ‘Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis’, here today. He was presiding over an event, ‘Empowering the Grid to meet Future Challenges’, organized by the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), under the auspices of Ministry of Power.
    The Coal Mitra Web Portal has been designed to bring about flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal by transferring the reserves to more cost efficient State/Centre owned or Private sector generating stations, leading to lower generation costs and ultimately lesser cost of electricity for the consumers.
    The web portal would be used by the State/Central Gencos to display information about normative fixed and variable charges of electricity for the previous month as well as margin available for additional generation so as to enable the utilities identify stations for transfer of coal. It would host data on Operational and Financial parameters of each coal based station; Quantity and source of supply coal to the power plant; and Distance of Power plant form the Coal mine.
    The Cabinet, on 4th May 2016, approved the proposal for allowing flexibility in utilization of domestic coal amongst power generating stations. Further, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has issued the methodology for this on 8th June 2016, followed by the issuance of a memorandum by the Ministry of Power on 10th June 2016. The methodology for use of transferred coal in Independent Power Producers (IPPs) generating stations would be issued separately.
    During the event, Shri Goyal would be releasing 3 reports viz., ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission, an Enabler’, ‘Green Energy Corridors - II’ and ‘Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis’. The first two reports, prepared by PGCIL, cover aspects of comprehensive transmission plan to integrate renewable energy sources into the National Grid and role of Transmission as an Enabler in growing Renewable Energy (RE) penetration scenario. The last report has been prepared by Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO).
    The ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission, an Enabler’ report covers the study of balancing and stability issues for 15% & 30% RE capacity penetration and the aspects of Balancing Reserve Analysis with Thermal Power Plants, both gas and supercritical coal, Reservoir type Hydro & Pumped Storage Plants and the Way forward.
    The ‘Green Energy Corridors-II’(Part-A) report details about the identified capacity of Solar Parks and transmission infrastructure requirement in various states at Intra-State and Inter-state level. It inter-alia covers the financing options available for rationalization of transmission tariff and the challenges to be addressed to facilitate smooth integration of solar power parks.
    The ‘Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis’report covers the analysis of data archived by POSOCO since 2008 with insights towards diurnal, seasonal and yearly demand patterns, decomposition of demand data into seasonal trends at all levels - National, regional and individual State level. The Demand Pattern Analysis may be used by Central and state level planning agencies for Generation, transmission and distribution planning, Identification of areas/sectors with maximum growth and Behavioral pattern of the population residing in that state/ region. It can also be used as valuable input for research by the academia and the industry.
    Making a new announcement at the event, Shri Goyal said that the Power Ministry has approved that henceforth Government and PSUs would be able to swap coal with private companies. Further, he said, “I would like to see the Coal sector open up and achieve the next level of Efficiency in power generation. For this the Ministry is working tirelessly and guidelines for coal swapping would be out in next 30 days.”He envisioned this coal swapping initiative to be cross sectoral and not confined to the power to power sector swaps.
    Congratulating PGCIL on achieving 1 lakh crore market capitalization, Shri Goyal said that it is no mean feat to achieve, especially looking at the current state of the global economy. He asked the Maharatna company to develop a robust mechanism to unlock its capital and expand the portfolio rapidly to achieve the target to integrate 175GW Renewable Energy in the National Grid and reach out to 5 crore families still without power. Shri Goyal exhorted PGCIL to grow from an Asset Holding Company to a Project Management and Implementing company. The Minister also commended PGCIL’s exemplary work done in Varanasi to untangle overhead transmission lines by laying down underground cables, a step that needs to be replicated across the nation, he said.
    Expressing conviction in India’s global leadership in technical and human skills, the Minister said that in the next 15 years India would quadruple its energy capacity. Shri Goyal also directed the Ministry officials to chalk out a plan to guarantee 24x7 Power to all Telecom towers in the country. “Not a drop of diesel would be used in any telecom tower in the country. Find a way how to achieve this”, he said.
    Going a step further, the Minister gave everyone a food for thought when he envisioned the mapping of essential utilities/services like education, health, water supply, power sector infrastructure etc. into mobile apps and then draw up a plan to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all of them. He said that building such a cohesive platform would automatically ensure 24x7 Power for All in the times to come.
    Other dignitaries present at the event were Shri P.K. Pujari, Secretary Power, Shri S.D. Dubey, Chairman, CEA, Shri I.S. Jha, CMD, PGCIL, along with senior officials of the Power Ministry, Heads of State Utilities and officials from International Financing Agencies.
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