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    Next step towards ‘24x7 Power For All’: Shri Piyush Goyal launches GARV-II App to track Rural Household Electrification and Citizen Engagement Window ‘SAMVAD’

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal launched the ‘GARV-II’App here today, as the next step in Government of India’s aim to provide access to electricity to all households in the country. Under this module, village-wise and habitation-wise base line data on household electrification for all States, as provided by them, has been incorporated.
    Explaining the features of the ‘GARV-II’ app, Shri Goyal said that the data in respect of about 6 lakh villages, with more than 15 lakh habitations having 17 crore people, has been mapped for tracking progress on household electrification in each of the habitations of these villages, which is a remarkable progress over the previous GARV App. In the earlier version of the ‘GARV’App, launched in October 2015 for the effective and efficient monitoring of village electrification programme, the data of only 18,452 un-electrified villages had been mapped and a 12-stage milestone-based monitoring mechanism was put in place.
    Further, the Minister informed that the status of village-wise works sanctioned under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and release of funds to the States for these projects has also been mapped in ‘GARV-II’ to monitor progress of works in each village. The progress is required to be updated by the implementing agencies of the States on day to day basis. All data would be made available in public domain to ensure transparency, enhance accountability of various stakeholders and facilitate view of near real time progress.
    Shri Goyal further said that this app is an important part of the ‘Digital India Initiative’ of Government of India and will contribute in further development of the villages. In order to bring more transparency, the Minister asked the Power Ministry officials to place more details regarding discoms, tenders and contracts in public domain.
    For places, where internet facilities are not available, Shri Goyal suggested to publish information regarding rural electrification projects like contractor’s name, amount sanctioned by the Government, deadline of the project etc. to be put on boards on the working sites in villages. This will help people in better monitoring of Government’s work, he added.
    Shri Goyal, also urged State governments to determine an average price for electricity connections for APL (Above Poverty Line) families across the State so that they can be given electricity connections through the option of paying by easy monthly installments. The Minister said that the Government aims to achieve ‘24x7 Power for All’ and does not distinguish between BPL and APL households.
    The Minister also interacted with State Power Secretaries on the occasion, in which a suggestion for increased appointment of Grameen Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVAs) in districts with heavy work load was well appreciated. Several GVAs also shared their experiences of working in inaccessible and hostile areas to achieve electrification of every rural household. The Minister congratulated them for their immense dedication and zeal in making ‘24x7 Power for All’ a reality.
    During the event, Shri Goyal also unveiled the Citizen Engagement Window ‘SAMVAD’ which has been created to enhance participation of public at large. The feedback and suggestions from the people would be automatically forwarded to the concerned Managing Director(s) and Superintending Engineer(s) of DISCOMs through SMS & e-mail on their dashboard for online monitoring and further action.
    The Minister presented awards to the best performing GVAs as well as the Digital India Award 2016 to GARV for featuring in the Top 3 best Apps that have played a pioneering role in bringing Good Governance in the country.
    Other dignitaries present during the event were Shri P.K. Pujari, Secretary, Power, Shri B.P. Pandey, Special Secretary, Power and CMD, REC Ltd and other senior officials of the Ministry of Power, along with over 400 GVAs from 19 States, who interacted with the Minister. State Power Secretaries from 29 States were also connected through video conferencing.
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    ‘Empowering the Grid to meet Future Challenges’- A Curtain Raiser

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, shall be presiding over an event, ‘Empowering the Grid to meet Future Challenges’ in New Delhi on 21st December 2016. The event would be organized by Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), under the auspices of Ministry of Power.
    Government of India has set a vision of ‘24X7 Power for all’. To realize this vision, Ministry of Power, along with other central agencies, has put special focus on efficient utilization of conventional generation resources and development of 175 GW renewable capacity by 2022. All Central & State Government agencies along with private sector organizations are geared up to develop electricity infrastructure in the country.
    For optimum use of resources, a strong National Grid has been evolved and a number of high capacity power transmission corridors have been developed to facilitate seamless power transfer from surplus regions to deficit areas.
    During the event, Shri Goyal would be releasing 3 reports viz., ‘Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission, an Enabler’ and ‘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.
    Shri Goyal would also be launching ‘Coal Mitra’–a Web portal for Flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal, during the event. The event is expected to be attended by State Energy Secretaries, Head of State Utilities, officials from International Financing Agencies, various CPSE’s, private sector and other Statutory bodies along with Media and Analysts.
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    Ministry of Power26-December, 2016 11:48 IST
    102Villages Electrified Last Week; 11,429 Villages Electrified till date under DDUGJY

    102 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 19thto 25thDecember 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 17 villages belong to Assam, 9to Bihar, 10 to Chhattisgarh, 29to Jharkhand, 5 to Manipur, 30to Odisha and1 each to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on http://garv.gov.in/dashboard

    An update on ongoing electrification process: -
    In view of the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi’s address to nation, on Independence Day, Government of India has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 un-electrified villages within 1000 days i.e. by 01stMay, 2018. The project has been taken on mission mode and strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing village electrification process in 12 Stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.
    11,429 villages have been electrified till date. Out of remaining 7,023 villages, 698 villages are uninhabited. 3,775 villages are to be electrified through grid, 2,502 villages to be electrified through off-grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 48 villages are to be electrified by State Government.
    Total 1654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to 14thAug 2015 and after taking initiative by Government of India for taking it on mission mode, 9,775 additional villages have been electrified from 15thAugust 2015 to 25thDecember, 2016. In order to expedite the progress further, a close monitoring is being done through Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVA) and various actions are also being taken on regular basis like reviewing the progress on monthly basis during the RPM meeting, sharing of list of villages which are at the stage of under energization with the state DISCOM, identifying the villages where milestone progress are delayed.
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    Akhilesh Yadav gives mammoth Rs 52,000 cr push to power sector in UP
    By: Deepa Jainani | Lucknow | Published: December 24, 2016 6:28 AM

    In a huge push to the power sector, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday laid the foundation stone of as well as inaugurated power projects worth Rs 52,437 crore. The projects span all the three segments of the power sector — generation, transmission and distribution.

    Three thermal power plants with a total capacity of 33,000 MW will be built in the state. While the 1,320-MW Jawaharpur thermal, which is a greenfield project, would be built at a cost of Rs 10,566 crore, the 1,320-MW Obra C power project would cost Rs 10,416 crore and the Harduaganj extension project would incur Rs 574 crore.

    While the Jawaharpur and Obra C projects have been awarded to South Korea’s top power equipment manufacturer Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company’s Indian arm, Doosan Power Systems India (DPSI), the Harduaganj project has been awarded to Toshiba.

    Apart from these three new generating projects, the chief minister also launched five new generating units with a total capacity of 3,140 MW — of which two units of the 3×660 MW Bara thermal power project have been set up at a cost of Rs 10,340 crore, two units of the 3×660 MW Lalitpur Thermal power project have been set up with R11,000-crore expenditure and one unit of the 2×500 MW Anpara D thermal power project has been set up at a cost of Rs 3,900 crore.
    Apart from these, the CM also inaugurated the new transmission network that has been built by two Spanish companies — Isolux Corsan and the Cobra MEIL Consortium. While Isolux has set up a sub-station of 765 Kv at a cost of Rs 1,900 crore, Cobra has set up a 765-kv substation for Rs 2,100 crore. Two 400-kv substations have also been built by these two companies at a cost of Rs 1,640 core. Besides these, substations of 400 kv, 220 kv and 132 kv have also been set up for the distribution sector at a cost of Rs 182 crore.
    Speaking to FE, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation chairman Sanjay Agarwal said this is the first time in the country that such a major thrust has been given to the power sector. “This will definitely go a long way in fulfilling the Uttar Pradesh government’s thrust on providing 24-hour power to all,” he stated.
    It may be mentioned that UP’s ailing power sector will get a great push from these projects, especially those in the transmission sector.

    http://www.financialexpress.com/eco...s-52000-cr-push-to-power-sector-in-up/484810/
     
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    India plans nearly 60% of electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by 2027

    Thursday 22 December 2016 07.01 GMT

    The Indian government has forecast that it will exceed the renewable energy targets set in Paris last year by nearly half and three years ahead of schedule.

    A draft 10-year energy blueprint published this week predicts that 57% of India’s total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil fuel sources by 2027. The Paris climate accord target was 40% by 2030.

    The forecast reflects an increase in private sector investment in Indian renewable energy projects over the past year, according to analysts.

    The draft national electricity plan also indicated that no new coal-fired power stations were likely to be required to meet Indian energy needs until at least 2027, raising further doubts over the viability of Indian mining investments overseas, such as the energy company Adani’s Carmichael mine in Queensland, the largest coalmine planned to be built in Australia.

    India’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, has been appealing to wealthier nations to provide capital to invest in renewable energy projects to help the country reach and exceed the targets agreed in Paris in November 2015.

    Significant state investment has not been forthcoming, but Tim Buckley, a director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said India had made up the shortfall with an influx of capital from the domestic and overseas private sectors in the past 12 months.

    Japan’s Softbank has committed to invest $20bn (£16.2bn) in the Indian solar energy sector, in conjunction with Taiwanese company Foxconn and Indian business group Bharti Enterprises.

    In September the largely French state-owned energy company EDF announced it would invest $2bn in Indian renewable energy projects, citing the country’s enormous projected demand and “fantastic” potential of its wind and solar radiation.

    Adani opened the world’s largest solar plant in Tamil Nadu earlier this year, and in October the energy conglomerate Tata announced that it would aim to generate as much as 40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

    Buckley said India’s “absolutely transformational” forecast was also driven by technological advancements that have led to the price of solar energy falling by 80% in the past five years.

    “India is moving beyond fossil fuels at a pace scarcely imagined only two years ago,” he said. “Goyal has put forward an energy plan that is commercially viable and commercially justified without subsidies, so you have big global corporations and utilities committing to it.”

    In the 2027 forecasts, India aims to generate 275 gigawatts of total renewable energy, in addition to 72GW of hydroenergy and 15GW of nuclear energy. Nearly 100GW would come from “other zero emission” sources, with advancements in energy efficiency expected to reduce the need for capacity increases by 40GW over 10 years.

    About 50GW of coal power projects being developed in India would be “largely stranded” under the forecast, Buckley said, with official modelling showing that “none of these plants are required before 2022 and only possible before 2027”.

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    Ministry of Power09-January, 2017 13:25 IST
    India’s partnership with Japan in Energy Sector critical for a Sustainable Energy Future for both Nations: Shri Piyush Goyal

    Union Power Minister presides over 7th India-Japan Energy Forum, 2017

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over a bilateral meeting with the Japanese delegation led by H.E. Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan. The meeting took place on the side-lines of the 7th India-Japan Energy Forum, 2017 being held in New Delhi today.
    During the day long sessions in the Energy Forum, there would be technical discussion sessions on critical subjects of mutual cooperation in the energy sector, which include Enhancing Renewable Energy and Grid Stability, Promoting Technological Cooperation in Energy Efficiency in Industrial and Commercial Sectors and Technological Options and Energy Efficiency Improvement in Transport Sector.
    Speaking on the scope of India-Japan cooperation, Shri Goyal said that this forum is a platform to engage with Japan for mutual benefit in the energy sector by working towards bringing Japanese strengths in cutting edge engineering and technology to India. This would help India in enhancing Grid stability, bringing Electric Mobility at affordable prices to the country etc., which the Government is vigorously pursuing, he added.
    The Minister also informed that during the bilateral meet with his Japanese counterpart, it was put across that India’s power demand is going to expand four fold in the next 15 years to become one of the largest energy markets globally and it would open immense business opportunities for Japan in the sector in India, hence making this bilateral engagement mutually beneficial for both countries.
    Shri Goyal also said that India and Japan should cooperate on long term contracts for LNG with a defined cost of energy which would provide a stabilizing factor for the Renewable Energy thrust that India is currently giving. India being a price sensitive market cannot afford costly power and hence needs Japanese cooperation in maintaining a balance between renewable energy and conventional coal based power.
    Further, Shri Goyal said that since large number of items in the Renewable energy sector come from abroad, we are working to create a sustainable framework for encouraging the manufacturing of solar equipments in India at less costs so as to make 24x7 Affordable and Quality power available to each citizen in India. This will also give a fillip to the Make in India mission by scaling up manufacturing sector in India with the help of cutting edge Japanese technologies in the power sector. India should leap frog the learning curve with the help of contemporary next generation technologies and should not miss out on the opportunities to provide sustainable energy future to every citizen, based on their needs, he added.
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    Ministry of Power09-January, 2017 18:20 IST
    Tamil Nadu becomes 21st State to join UDAY

    State to derive an Overall Net Benefit of approximately Rs. 11,000 crores through UDAY

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) Scheme with the Government of Tamil Nadu and its Discom TANGEDCO, for operational and financial turnaround of the DISCOM, in New Delhi today. The signing ceremony was held in the august presence of the Shri P. Thangamani, Minister for Electricity, Prohibition & Excise, Government of Tamil Nadu.
    Tamil Nadu would derive an overall net benefit of approximately Rs. 11,000 crores through UDAY, by way of savings in interest cost, reduction in AT&C and transmission losses, interventions in energy efficiency, coal reforms etc. The state also signed 24X7 Power For All document on the occasion. With Tamil Nadu joining the cause, 92% of country’s Discom debt has been covered under UDAY
    By signing the MOU under UDAY, the State Government is taking over 75% of debt of Rs. 30,420 crores of TANGEDCO. The scheme also provides for the balance debt to be re-priced or issued as State guaranteed Discom bonds, at coupon rates around 3-4% less than the average existing interest rate. The State would have savings of about Rs.950 cr. in annual interest cost through reduction of debt and through reduced interest rates on the balance debt.
    UDAY lays stress on improving operational efficiencies of the DISCOMs. Tamil Nadu and TANGEDCO have committed to bring about operational efficiency through compulsory feeder and distribution transformer metering, consumer indexing & GIS mapping of losses, upgrade/change transformers, meters etc., smart metering of high-end consumers, reduction in transmission losses and increased power supplies in areas with reduced AT&C losses. The reduction in AT&C losses and transmission losses to 13.5% and 3.7% respectively is likely to bring additional revenue of around Rs. 1,601 crores to TANGEDCO.
    Demand Side interventions in UDAY such as usage of energy-efficient LED bulbs, agricultural pumps, fans & air-conditioners and efficient industrial equipment through PAT (Perform, Achieve and Trade) would help in reducing peak load, flatten load curve and thus help in reducing energy consumption in Tamil Nadu. The gain is expected to be around Rs. 2,304 crores.
    The Central government would also provide incentives to the State Government and the Discom for improving the power infrastructure in the State and for lowering the cost of power. The State would get additional/priority funding through the Central schemes such as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Power Sector Development Fund (PSDF) or such other schemes of the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy, if they meet the operational milestones outlined in the scheme.
    The State shall also be supported through additional coal at notified prices and in case of availability through higher capacity utilization, low cost power from NTPC and other CPSUs. Other benefits such as coal swapping, coal rationalization, correction in coal grade slippage, availability of 100% washed coal would help the state to further reduce the cost of power.
    The State would gain around Rs. 4,320 crores due to these coal reforms. With the financial turnaround through financial and operational efficiencies, TANGEDCO’s rating would improve, which would help in raising cheaper funds for its future capital investment requirement. This is expected to provide interest cost saving of around Rs. 60 crores for TANGEDCO in 3 years.
    The ultimate benefit of signing the MOU would go to the people of Tamil Nadu. Higher demand for power from DISCOMs would mean higher Plant Load Factor (PLF) of generating units and therefore, lesser cost per unit of electricity thereby benefittinconsumers. Availability of 24x7 power for all would increase the economic activity and improve employment opportunities in the State.
    UDAY was launched by the Government of India on 20th November, 2015 to ensure a permanent and sustainable solution to the debt-ridden Distribution utilities to achieve financial stability and growth, now has 21 States in the Club after Tamil Nadu coming on board.
    Shri PK. Pujari, Secretary, Power Ministry,Shri Rajeev Ranjan, Additional Chief Secretary, (Energy), Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr. PV Ramesh, CMD, Rural Electrification Corporation Limited, Dr. M. Sai Kumar, CMD, Tangedco and other senior officials of Power Ministry and Tamil Nadu government were present at the occasion.
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    Hydel revival, commercial mining by private companies crucial, secy group tells Modi

    The group, comprising top officials of about 10 departments, suggested a six-pronged strategy to face the energy and environment-related challenges.

    Sarita Singh | ET Bureau | January 09, 2017, 08:18 IST

    NEW DELHI: Allowing commercial mining of coal by private firms within a year and reviving hydro power projects with financial aid in the next six months are key to building energy security of the country, a group of secretaries to the government has advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    The group, comprising top officials of about 10 departments, suggested a six-pronged strategy to face the energy and environment-related challenges.

    These include taking policy decisions in the next 1-3 years in areas of energy security, fuel substitution, energy efficiency, energy access and environment conservation, a senior government official said.

    The group has also sought expanding direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme available for LPG customers to kerosene and electricity within a year.

    Performance audit of distribution companies, the weakest link in the Indian power sector, has been recommended besides other measures such as introducing effective feeder metering, consumer mapping, smart metering and differential electricity tariff for peak and non-peak hours.

    Exploring multilateral funds for promoting manufacturing of energy-efficient equipment and mandatory use of star-labelled electrical equipment by households have also been recommended.

    Renewable energy status, interest subvention schemes and long-term financial support to hydro projects of less than 100 MW have been called for by the group.

    The group, comprising oil secretary Kapil Tripathi, power secretary PK Pujari, coal secretary Susheel Kumar and former coal secretary Anil Swarup, mines secretary Balvinder Kumar and renewable energy secretary Rajeev Kapoor, is among eight groups constituted for suggestions on various sectors.

    The group has recommended competition to state-run Coal India Ltd in commercial coal mining. The Coal Mines Special Provision Act of 2015 provides for opening up commercial coal mining to private entities.

    So far, Indian companies with end-use plants have been allowed to mine coal for captive purposes. The Act ends the monopoly of Coal India in commercial mining and allows private companies registered in India to mine and sell coal.

    The group of secretaries suggested putting in place a satellite surveillance system for mines, single-window for obtaining environment, forest, wild life and coastal regulation zone clearances in six months.

    It asked for creating online process for clearance at all levels. The secretaries also suggested low GST slab in the forthcoming Budget for the renewable energy sector, energy efficient equipment, star-rated products and coal beneficiation.

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    Piyush Goyal to showcase world's largest street light replacement programme on Monday
    The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has done a cumulative annual savings of 2.65 crore units with the replacement of over 2 lakh street lights with LED bulbs
    Debapriya Mondal | ETEnergyWorld | January 08, 2017, 23:27 IST

    New Delhi: Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal will on Monday unveil street light replacement programme running in south Delhi, which is hailed to be the world’s largest such programme.

    Under the programme, which is being implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has done a cumulative annual savings of 2.65 crore units with the replacement of over 2 lakh street lights with LED bulbs.

    The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in south Delhi has also resulted in daily reduction of 22,000 tonnes of green house gases.

    “Additionally in Delhi, under Phase II of the street lighting programme, EESL has signed a tripartite agreement with BSES and SDMC to install 75,000 more street lights with more focus on installation in parks,” a government release said.

    The SLNP programme is presently running in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

    A total of 15.36 lakh street lights have already been replaced in the country with LED bulbs, which is resulting in energy savings of 20.35 crore kWh, avoiding capacity of 50.71 MW and reducing 1.68 lakh tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per annum.

    The energy efficiency market in India is estimated at US$ 12 billion that can potentially result in energy savings of up to 20 per cent of current consumption, by way of innovative business and implementation models.

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    India committed to goals on renewable energy: Piyush Goyal
    John Sarkar | TNN | Updated: Jan 18, 2017, 03.11PM

    ABU DHABI: India is committed to meet its renewable energy goals and is not bothered about US president-elect Donald Trump's skepticism on policies related to climate change, Piyush Goyal, India's minister of state with independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines, told delegates at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
    Goyal was asked whether Trump's negative stand on global warming will influence India to change its plans of becoming a global hub for renewable energy. "India doesn't interfere in any other country's elections and we respect the fact that America has chosen its leader," Goyal said. "However, clean energy is not something that we are working on because somebody else wants us to do it. It's a matter of faith and the faith of the leadership in India. Nothing on Earth is going to stop us from doing that."

    Although India remains dependent on coal to fuel its energy needs, it aims to scale up its solar power capacity to 100GW by 2022. It is targeting 60GW from wind energy and plans to bring in hydro power, from which it generates 40GW, into the category of renewable energy. By 2022, the country plans to generate around 225GW from clean and renewable sources. When other global industry experts said renewable energy needs private funding to be successful, Goyal said he does not see any challenge in getting finance for renewable energy in India. "Gone are the days when government had to bring in subsidies. We don't need to convince the industry anymore. We just need to make sure that there are no roadblocks."
    The minister said the cost of renewable energy has been gradually decreasing and currently it is at par or marginally higher than what is generated from fossil fuels.
    The writer is in Abu Dhabi at the invitation of Masdar.

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    Ministry of Power02-February, 2017 19:11 IST
    Budget gives impetus to priority programmes of Ministry of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines: Shri Piyush Goyal

    Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal while addressing the media here today, said that the allocations have been increased for social sectors across the board including affordable housing, infrastructure, rural development.
    Further, the Minister added that the Budget 2017-18 promotes the ‘Make in India’ mission by correcting inverted duty structure in many areas the budget and has provided impetus to transformative changes happening in the Ministry of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines. Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises are back bone of the sector and have been made competitive with reduction of Corporate Tax to 25% up to turnover of Rs. 50 crores, he added.
    In the New & Renewable Energy Sector, Shri Goyal informed that the Budget has affirmed target for Solar Power of additional 20,000 MW capacity during next year. Further, the budget has provided renewed thrust on renewables, with
    · Removal/ reduction of customs/ excise duty on Solar tempered glass
    · Reduction of Customs duties on various raw materials would further bring down the cost of clean energy
    · Railways to contribute to solar energy by powering 7,000 stations through solar power
    Regarding the allocation for Ministry of Power, Shri Goyal said that it has been increased by 33% to Rs 13,881 crores, due to major thrust on flagship rural electrification scheme Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). The allocation for this scheme has been increased by 44% from Rs. 3,350 crores to Rs 4,814 crores, while the contribution to urban areas scheme Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) has been increased by 29% from Rs 4,524 crores to Rs 5,821 crores. The Budget document has confirmed that “We are well on our way to achieving 100% village electrification by 1st May 2018”, Shri Goyal added.
    In the Coal and Mines sector, Shri Goyal said that the Budget lays special emphasis on conservation, safety and infrastructure in coal mines. A number of steps taken are as follows:
    · Allocation for Ministry of Coal increased by 34% from Rs 556 crore to Rs 745 crore
    · Allocation for Ministry of Mines increased by 12% from Rs 1,083 crore to Rs 1,213 crore
    · Conservation, Safety and Infrastructure Development in Coal Mines increased by 43% from Rs 350 crore to Rs 500 crore
    · To benefit domestic aluminium manufacturers, export duty on other aluminium ores including laterite has been imposed at 15%.
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    Talking about the huge boost provided in the Budget to domestic LED companies, Shri Goyal counted a number of steps taken, which are:
    · Customs duties reduced for parts to promote domestic value addition
    · The budget has provided for reduction in Basic Customs Duty (BCD) from 10% to 5% for all parts used to manufacture LED luminaries, drivers etc. Thereby promoting domestic value addition
    · On importing semi-finished inputs for LEDs that includes driver assembly and other such products, BCD of 5% is levied. This will make the LED products of those manufacturers who assemble the LEDs in India cheaper whereas those who are importing semi-finished products would witness increase in costs
    · Excise duties on all parts used in the manufacture of LED lights or fixtures reduced to promote domestic manufacturing
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    ABOUT SLNP

    Prime Minister Shri Naremdra Modi, has launched the Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) on 5th January, 2015 to attain significant savings by promoting LED based lighting. The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture company of four Public Sector Undertakings under the Ministry of Power. There is no element of Government of India subsidy in the scheme. EESL has evolved a service model to enable municipalities to replace conventional lights with LEDs at no upfront cost. The resultant reduction in Energy and maintenance cost of the municipality is used to repay EESL over a period of time. The target is to install 3.5 crore LED street.
    lights in all the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of the country by March, 2019, which will result in avoided capacity generation of 1500 MW and save 9 billion KWh per year. The benefits likely to be accrued to the country as a result of implementation of SLNP programme is as follows:

    No of LED bulbs distributed/street lights to be replaced in 3 years:- 3.5 crore
    Expected annual energy savings:- 9 billion KWh (Approx)
    Expected reduction in installed load:- 1500 MW (Approx)
    Estimated capital investment (excluding O&M cost) (Approx):- Rs. 35,000 crore
    Annual estimated GHG emission reductions (Approx):- 6.2 million tonnes of CO2
    Estimated quantum of energy saved so far as a result of implementation (billion KWh per year):- 0.42


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