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UDAY scheme is designed to address the financial problems of power distribution

December 25, 2015 2:39 am0 comments
UDAY scheme is designed to address the financial problems of power distribution

Kindly shed light on the government’s Amnesty scheme and how does it help in settling disputed electricity bills. How much has BSES benefited from this scheme? The aim of the Delhi government’s Amnesty scheme is to minimise power theft, bring consumers into the billing net, reduce litigation and accord a one time opportunity to […]

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UDAY scheme is a significant positive for the power sector

December 23, 2015 3:01 am0 comments
UDAY scheme is a significant positive for the power sector

States Girish Kadam, VP, Corporate Sector Ratings, ICRA Limited, in an interaction with Monica Chaturvedi Charna… Will government schemes like the recently announced UDAY initiative suffice in pulling utilities out of the quagmire? What are the key focus points of the scheme? The Government of India approved a scheme called Ujwal Discom Assurance […]

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Ray of hope for discoms

December 18, 2015 11:54 am0 comments
Ray of hope for discoms

Hope the UDAY scheme leads to a real sunrise in discom operations and enables them to come out with improvements to meet the government’s dream of uninterrupted power for all, says JD Kulkarni. The poor financial health of discoms has been one of the major reasons for the power sector’s […]

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Hydropower – Is there a road ahead?

August 26, 2015 5:17 am0 comments
Hydropower – Is there a road ahead?

Asks Umesh Agrawal, Associate Director – Energy, Utilities & Mining, PricewaterhouseCoopers, in conversation with R Srinivasan. What has been happening in this sector? Nothing too positive. India has the fifth highest hydropower potential in the world (140 GW). However, there has been an addition of just ~5700 MW (Source: CEA, […]

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Redefining hydropower development in India

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Redefining hydropower development in India

By Anish De Hydropower is one of the most economic and non-polluting sources of energy. Due to its flexible nature, it can also serve as a critical balancing resource, besides being suitable during peaking power requirements. Despite the potential benefits, hydropower development has lacked concerted focus, both at the central […]

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Cross-border cooperation in hydropower: Emerging vistas

August 12, 2015 8:51 am0 comments
Cross-border cooperation in hydropower: Emerging vistas

By K Ramanathan The value of hydropower as a clean, totally renewable, grid-friendly and infl ation-free resource is well recognised. However, hydropower development has been far from satisfactory in recent years in many countries for a host of reasons such as lack of finances, higher risk perceptions on the part […]

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Hydropower development in India: Untapped and in uncharted territory

July 31, 2015 12:04 pmComments Off on Hydropower development in India: Untapped and in uncharted territory
Hydropower development in India: Untapped and in uncharted territory

By Gaurav Sharma Clean power is the new buzzword in the Indian power sector. Keeping in mind India’s global commitment towards climate change obligations and increase of renewables in the total energy mix of the country’s installed capacity, several projects in solar and wind sectors have been planned over the […]

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“Hydro is a reliable, efficient source of electricity”

July 30, 2015 6:13 am0 comments
“Hydro is a reliable, efficient source of electricity”

Opines Ravi Kalra, MD, Voith Hydro Pvt Ltd, in an interview with Monica Chaturvedi Charna… A number of hydropower projects in Uttarakhand and large sized projects in Arunachal Pradesh are waiting for the Ministry of Environment and Forest‘s (MoEF’s) nod. In current troubled times, how is business in the sector […]

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“Planned capacity addition shall be realised”

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“Planned capacity addition shall be realised”

Utpal Moral, Director Technical – NEEPCO, expresses optimism regarding the future of large hydro in India, in an interview with Monica Chaturvedi Charna. What is the current status of NEEPCO’s 240 MW hydro project proposed along the Assam-Meghalaya border, which was facing local opposition? The Killing hydro electric project is […]

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100 GW: What needs to be done

July 10, 2015 11:56 amComments Off on 100 GW: What needs to be done
100 GW: What needs to be done

Ever since the announcement of the scale up of India’s solar programme to 100 GW in 5 years has been made, the singular question has been “is it real or not”. In our opinion the real question is what needs to be done to make it happen, and is there […]

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