All stories by Shreya Jai
States add 1.1 million families to un-electrified listRediff.com29 Jun 2022
Two years after the Centre's flagship village electrification scheme Saubhagya concluded with the government claiming 99.9 per cent success, several states have added close to 1.1 million rural households that remain to be connected to the electricity grid. This new list includes earlier unwilling households that have now agreed to have a metered connection and also those built or discovered in the states' surveys since 2019. Assam and Uttar Pradesh are the states that have the majority of such new additions.
Adani among 11 bidders in race for CIL's Rs 3,100-cr coal import tenderRediff.com22 Jun 2022
Eleven bidders, including Adani Enterprises, have shown interest in the first-ever coal import tender issued by national miner Coal India (CIL). Recently, state-owned NTPC awarded 6.25 million tonnes (mt) of imported coal tender worth Rs 8,300 crore to Adani Enterprises. CIL, in a public statement on Tuesday, said: "The prominent Indian agencies among them (11 coal importers) were Adani Enterprises, Mohit Minerals, and Chettinad Logistics. "A couple of coal exporting agencies from abroad, including one from Indonesia, have also shown interest," it said.
Coal India production slower than the captive minesRediff.com30 May 2022
Coal production by Coal India (CIL) has grown slower than the captive mines, awarded over the last six years. During 2020-22, production from the captive mines jumped by 38.5 per cent while CIL saw a tepid growth of 3.4 per cent, according to government data. In terms of dispatch to the power sector, captive mines have raced ahead, witnessing a growth of 72 per cent compared to 15 per cent for CIL. For the current fiscal year, CIL's production is expected to be around 565 million tonnes.
Govt pushes states, gencos to import coal before monsoonRediff.com20 May 2022
The Union ministry of coal, while acknowledging that domestic coal stock is not enough to meet the power demand, asked state governments and the power generating companies (gencos) to import coal before monsoon season sets in. The ministry has warned the gencos if they do not import coal for 10 per cent blending in their fuel demand by the end of this month, blending benchmark would be increased to 15 per cent. The order pertains to all - central, state and independent power producers (IPPs)/privately owned units.
Of power, privatisation and politicsRediff.com26 Aug 2021
As the Centre pushes reforms in the power sector, especially for the beleaguered electricity distribution segment, several states, especially those ruled by Opposition parties, are clamouring against it. Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerela have voiced their reservations against the proposed amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003. The irony is the states opposing the amendments on the ground of threat of privatisation already have private partnerships in power supply. The proposed Bill was slated to be placed on the floor of Parliament in the Monsoon session. But it still awaits Cabinet approval amid several states complaining that they have been not consulted on the issue.
Govt plans to contest SC order on this endangered birdRediff.com7 Jul 2021
The Great Indian bustard is at the centre of another impending legal tussle. The government is planning to move the Supreme Court seeking a review of its order that asked Gujarat and Rajasthan to lay transmission lines linked to solar power units underground so as to not pose any threat to the endangered bird. The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has sought a view from the law ministry and will move the court basing its arguments on estimates showing that the bird's population was declining even before solar power plants came to the region, said a senior government official requesting anonymity.
Lessons for foreign firms from SoftBank Energy's exitRediff.com27 May 2021
Energy's exit is a cautionary tale for several foreign investors in India as close to 16 Gw of solar and wind power projects languish without any power purchase agreement, 24 Gw without transmission connectivity and around 2 Gw unilaterally cancelled by project developers.
Solar power in India is likely to cost 20% more. Here's whyRediff.com22 Mar 2021
Glass shortage in China and the rising prices of imported glass used in finished solar panels have already hit the cost of solar panel imports. The cost of solar modules imported by India have increased 22 per cent since June last year. India imports close to 90 per cent of its solar cells and modules, of which nearly 80 per cent is from China. Domestic solar equipment makers import glass panels and are the largest suppliers in China. The price of a solar module glass has increased 150 per cent in the past six months, revealed industry estimates.
75 coal mines to go under the hammer in second round of auctionRediff.com25 Feb 2021
In order to keep the interest of new and small players intact, the coal ministry is offering only small- and medium-sized coal mines in the second round.
Vedanta, JSW among bidders for e-auction of coalminesRediff.com31 Oct 2020
This is the first time India is offering coalmines to private companies for commercial sale.
How Delhi plans to curb and control pollutionRediff.com23 Oct 2020
In December 2016, the Supreme Court directed the central government to have a graded action plan to tackle the menace of air pollution. There are two plans - Comprehensive Action Plan and Graded Response Action Plan.
Coal India, NTPC 'break the jinx', report growth in Q2Rediff.com2 Oct 2020
Growth in power demand remains in negative though it is picking up as coronavirus-related restrictions are eased.
Adani Green Energy to raise $1.8 bn from foreign banksRediff.com12 Sep 2020
The company will raise $1.8 billion for the under construction and contracted portfolio of 12 GW, which includes the country's first manufacturing-linked solar power plant of 8 GW.
How govt plans to ease the process of coal miningRediff.com26 Aug 2020
Centre plans to acquire land and then give it on lease to miners.
Govt-owned REC removes Chinese firm from J-K power projectRediff.com31 Jul 2020
The Chinese sub-contractor had been removed following the directives of the ministry of power regarding vulnerabilities in the power supply system and network.
How govt plans to raise Rs 90,000 cr for discomsRediff.com9 Jun 2020
LIC, EPFO and PSBs are likely to be asked to subscribe to bonds.
Taj Mahal gets a makeover before Trumps visit AgraRediff.com23 Feb 2020
From Dwight D Eisenhower to Bill Clinton, many American presidents have made sure they're photographed against the backdrop of the Taj. And, now the monument is ready to impress Trump for that family frame. Well, almost ready, reports Shreya Jai.
Adani bets big on renewable energyRediff.com23 Jan 2020
Eyeing to become India's largest player in 2020 Adani Group plans to invest 70 per cent of its capital expenditure in clean energy and energy efficient systems.
What Modi Told the Coal MinisterRediff.com13 Jan 2020
'The day I took charge, the PM told me you do the following -- stop imports, talk to all stakeholders and involve them to make mining more industry-friendly without affecting the environment.'
UDAY, to revive govt power distribution cos, is a flopRediff.com11 Oct 2019
The power ministry is planning to start a second version of UDAY, aimed only at reducing the losses of discoms and improving the quality of power supply.