Coal Auction: Does it plug the fuel availability gap?

Ever since the Supreme Court struck down the "arbitrary" and "illegal" allocations of 214 out of the 218 coal blocks allocated since 1993, an air of uncertainty hung over the Indian industry. An approximation of 28,000 MW of generation capacity was directly affected by the de-allocation, and about Rs 2.87 lakh crore of investments hitherto made in the coal sector was put at risk overnight. In view of this and the power situation as precarious as ever, Government's ambitious agenda of doubling power capacity, transforming India into a global manufacturing hub and ensuring '2...
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Industry sceptical about proposed 5 ultra mega power plants

New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) At a time when the successful coal auctions bring hope for India's power sector and the 2015-16 Budget proposes five new ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), the industry itself doubts whether sector constraints would allow these projects to make the grid. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has in the budget for the next fiscal proposed setting up five new ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), each of 4,000 MWs, in the "plug-and-play mode", with all clearances and linkages ready before the project is awarded by auction. This will unlock investments to...
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Industry sceptical about proposed 5 ultra mega power plants

At a time when the successful coal auctions bring hope for India's power sector and the 2015-16 Budget proposes five new ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), the industry itself doubts whether sector constraints would allow these projects to make the grid. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has in the budget for the next fiscal proposed setting up five new ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), each of 4,000 MWs, in the "plug-and-play mode", with all clearances and linkages ready before the project is awarded by auction. This will unlock investments to the extent of Rs.100,000 c...
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Industry Speak : “Investing in RE can revive economy”

Industry leaders are buoyant about the future of India’s solar power sector despite the recent slowdown due to the sluggish economy and delay in allocation of project under Phase-II of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). Ratul Puri, Chairman of Hindustan Power Projects Ltd, speaks to Richa Kapoor about the prevailing energy scenario and the role solar energy and other forms of renewable energy will play in providing complete electrification by the end of the 12th plan Q: The total solar energy potential in India is huge and this may contribute signific...
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What will be the fate of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

With a view to push solar energy, the Government of India announced the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) bundling scheme - blending of the solar energy along with the unallocated thermal energy in 2:1 ratio. The idea of bundling scheme was aimed with a view to promote consumption of solar energy, however, this scheme is yet to kick off for many reasons. The states now has become circumspect about the bundling scheme because of various reasons, the most important being its cost. Today thermal energy cost is Rs. 3.5-3.6 per unit while solar is cost...
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The government aims to boost solar power capacity 30 times in seven years. Is the target realistic?

Just two years ago, few outside Gujarat's Patan district had heard of the tiny village of Charanka. It is home to the tribal Ahir community at the eastern end of the great Kuchchh desert. Acres of wasteland owned by the community grows little except the occasional wild bushes. But in 2013, it found itself under the spotlight when the then chief minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the one-of-its-kind solar park there. Twenty-three small and big players came together to set up the 345 megawatt (MW) solar park (being expanded by another 300 MW). That made it capture 10 per c...
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Focus on research and innovation in renewable space: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for focus on research and innovation in the renewable energy sector rather than simply adding more capacity. “Solar power costs of have come down over the years and is closing in towards grid parity with thermal power. This has been possible due to the research and development that has taken place in the field. It will be R&D that will bring down prices further,” said Modi, addressing the inaugural session of Re-Invest 2015, the global investor meet for the renewable energy sector organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable ...
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