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A file photo of actor Taapsee Pannu. | Photo: ANI

Taapsee Pannu, Huma Qureshi, Vir Das slam Mumbai discoms for unusually high power bills

After Mumbai residents, Bollywood celebrities slam discoms over high bills for June. Companies say bills calculated on an estimated basis due to lockdown.
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Covid shows future powered by wind, solar energy is short on batteries

A drop in energy demand caused by the Covid crisis has left European grids overloaded with green electricity, underlining the need for storage in a low-carbon energy system.
Expenditure secretary T. V. Somanathan | ThePrint

Link Aadhaar to ration cards, hike property tax — how states can increase borrowing limit

Expenditure Secretary T.V. Somanathan said the Centre's conditions to increase the borrowing limit for states are long-pending reforms aimed at ensuring debt sustainability.
Delhi's power regulator announced the new electricity tariff | PTI

Power grids prepare for load disruption after Modi’s call to switch off lights on Sunday

PM Modi’s call to switch off lights for 9 minutes Sunday evening could result in a sudden drop of about 15 gigawatt of power demand across the nation.
Electricity transmission towers in Maharashtra

India’s power market is booming. But it’s bad for business

The booming power market hasn’t translated into good times for the industry. Of 45 Indian electricity companies, just two are covering their cost of capital.
Smoke rises from a chimney as electricity pylons stand at the Tata Power Co. Trombay Thermal Power Station | Bloomberg

Modi govt plans to spend Rs 1.5 lakh crore to roll out smart power meters

The prepaid meters are expected to improve billing and raise enough revenue to generate savings for state power distributors.
Electric tower grid stand at Gas Insulated Substation (GIS), near Srinagar. (Representational Image) | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

As cyber attacks grow, regulator calls for firewalls at power grids across India

Energy networks across the world have been key targets for hackers, prodding governments to take safeguard measures.
Woman walk past a transmission tower in Jammu and Kashmir | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Energy access policy across the world is mostly based on intuition, instead of data

Paucity of rigorous research is bad news for enegy policy. There are hundreds of case studies and industry reports, but only a handful of academic studies.
Electricity transmission towers in Maharashtra | Karen Dias/Bloomberg

Record fall in electricity demand adds to bad loans woes of Indian banks

Prospective bidders for stressed power generators are wary as demand from distribution utilities contracted in three straight months to October

India’s renewables revolution needs what other countries are fast adopting: water battery

Pumped hydro energy storage can pave the way for India’s climate leadership by enabling another green revolution, this time in the power sector.

On Camera

Yogi Adityanath said ‘gunda raj’ over and people bought it. But UP crime still the worst

The Yogi Adityanath govt’s brazen touting of encounter killings has gained popular support, but has failed to curb crime on the ground in Uttar Pradesh.
Workers at a metro construction site in Mumbai (representational image) | Photo: ANI

India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

Pangong lake area and its eight fingers marked out, near LAC | Abhijit Iyer-Mitra | Twitter

Indian and Chinese troops begin disengagement in Ladakh, Army to remain very cautious

The Indian Army will carry out a verification process in a 72-hour window to ensure China's PLA soldiers have adhered to the agreement arrived at the Corps Commander-level meetings.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.