Bengal gets proposal for 800 MW solar power project: Minister

Source: Business Standard, Aug 24, 2019

Kolkata: West Bengal has received a proposal for 800 megawatt (MW) solar power project with an estimated investment of ₹3,000 crore from a private investor, a state minister said on Saturday.

Power purchase agreement (PPA), however, will be the key to execute the project, West Bengal’s Power Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said.

“We have received an offer for 800 MW solar power project in a single location from a private investor,” he said at ‘10th Energy Conclave’ organised by CII here.

Chattopadhyay, however, said the investor was seeking to get the PPA for the project before it proceeds further. Read the rest of this entry »

Ocean energy now a renewable source, govt approves proposal

Source: Financial Express, Aug 22, 2019

Ocean energy has been included in renewable energy to give a further boost to ocean energy in India. Power Minister R K Singh approved the proposal. It has been clarified by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to all the stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion, etc. shall be considered as renewable energy and shall be eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO). The total identified potential of tidal energy is about 12,455 MW, whereas the total theoretical potential of wave energy in India along the country’s coast is estimated to be about 40,000 MW, according to the ministry. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) has a theoretical potential of 180,000 MW in India if suitable technological support is provided. Read the rest of this entry »

NTPC plans to spend Rs 20,000 cr on 5,000-Mw ultra mega solar park in Kutch

Source: Business Standard, Aug 19, 2019

Mumbai: The country’s largest power producer NTPC plans to set up an ultra-mega solar park in Gujarat for a phased capacity of 5000 MW at an estimated investment of Rs 20,000 crore.

“We have identified two-three locations in the Kutch district and the park is likely to developed at Rs 4 crore per MW cost,” said Gurdeep Singh, chairman and managing director for NTPC. He added the company is also exploring Rajasthan as a location for another solar park.

NTPC is also considering spot market options to sell some part of its solar power, without signing long term power purchase agreements. “We are exploring if we can have some capacity on merchant basis,” Singh added. Read the rest of this entry »

Govt plans import tariffs on green equipment to boost local industry

Source: LiveMint.com, Aug 09, 2019

NEW DELHI: The Union government may raise tariffs on imports of green energy equipment in a bid to boost their local manufacturing and protect domestic companies from cheaper imports, said Anand Kumar, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

The fast-growing domestic market for solar components is dominated by Chinese companies due to their competitive pricing. The surge in imports led the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in its previous term to impose a safeguard duty from 30 July 2018 on solar cells and modules imported from China and Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Government banks on taller towers to expand wind energy scope

Source: Financial Express, Aug 07, 2019

New Delhi: The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) is coming with a new wind potential map which would assess power generation capacities from taller towers. Currently, the country’s wind energy potential is benchmarked considering ‘hub height’ of 100 metres.

The new map would account for electricity generation from 120 meter high wind plants, which is expected to broaden the scope of installing these units, Bhanu Pratap Yadav, joint secretary, MNRE, said at CII’s wind power conclave in New Delhi. Currently, with the 100 metre hub height, it is economically viable to set up wind power plants only in certain parts of western and southern India. Read the rest of this entry »

Andhra govt asks all wind power developers to stop power production

Source: Business Standard, Jul 25, 2019

The Andhra Pradesh government in a shocking move has asked all wind power developers to stop power production. The state government notified all power units that they are curtailing wind power procurement by 100 per cent.

“The state government informed the developers verbally to stop their wind turbines with immediate effect,” said a senior sector executive. There was no notice to the Load Despatch Centre which schedules all power supply.

The moves comes the same day when the AP High Court stayed the proceedings for revising the rates of renewable power and cancelling agreements signed by last government.

Cabinet nod to 2,880MW hydel project in Dibang

Source: LiveMint.com, Jul 18, 2019

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday gave the green light to the 2,880 megawatts (MW) Dibang hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh, approving a ₹1,600 crore pre-investment and clearance expenditure for the ₹28,080.35 crore strategic project.

The move is part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s focus on the northeastern region.

Mint reported on 12 June that the power ministry planned to seek the CCEA’s approval for pre-construction activities for the project, as part of the proposed 100-day action plan for the second term of the Narendra Modi government and is strategically important for the country.

India and China have been at loggerheads over the diversion of the Brahmaputra river, which originates in Tibet. Accelerating hydroelectric projects such as Dibang would give user rights to India even as it explores a diplomatic option. Read the rest of this entry »