Monday, 5 December, 2022
TopicPower ministry

Topic: Power ministry

State discoms have a ‘trick’ to put off payments, avoid tariff hikes. Now, Modi govt wants it gone

In its letter to states & UTs, power ministry says large regulatory assets created by SERCs without specifying mandatory trajectory for their recovery is in contravention of law.

Buy your own wagons, don’t depend on railways alone — govt tells 8 power firms to avert crisis

In first 2 months of 2022-23, several power plants ran out of coal due to delays in transportation. As a result, Indian Railways had to cancel passenger trains to make way for freight trains.

How India’s power crisis is self-made & why we could face another crunch during the monsoon

In 109 of 165 thermal power plants that are currently operational, the actual coal stock is less than 25 per cent of normative stock that they are mandated to keep.

Modi govt asks coal plants to operate at full capacity to address power crisis

Of the 17.6 gigawatts of India’s power generation capacity that’s designed to use imported coal, just 10 gigawatts is currently operating, the power ministry said.

Modi govt asks states to utilise unallocated power from central stations amid coal crisis

The power ministry also said that the distribution companies should not sell electricity in the power exchange and starve their own consumers.

Caught between SC & Centre, 24 Uttarakhand hydel projects stuck on paper after 2013 floods

Despite 31 Supreme Court hearings and 3 government committee reports, a clear policy on hydroelectricity projects (HEPs) in Uttarakhand has remained elusive. 

Modi govt is considering shutting down old, polluting thermal power plants

Efforts to close old coal plants have gathered pace amid rising outcry against air pollution and deepening concerns over climate change.

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.

Modi govt sees privatisation as answer to ailing state power firms

States with electricity utilities losing more than 15% of revenue due to archaic networks, power theft & sloppy billing, collections will be pushed to privatise.

Govt plans Rs 2.5 trillion-worth power reforms to boost infrastructure

The plan could include the installation of about 250 million prepaid smart meters, which are expected to boost revenue collection, as well upgrade systems to better monitor and control networks.

On Camera

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PM Modi pays tribute to Dr Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary

What explains Modi’s silence as states fight on, relations with Centre worsen

Whether it's Karnataka-Maharahstra or Assam-Meghalaya, Modi govt's reluctance to get dragged into border disputes is self-defeating.
A cashier checks Indian rupee notes inside a room at a fuel station in Ahmedabad | Reuters file image

Rupee falls to 81.75 against dollar, loss on stop losses and dollar outflows

The rupee was down 0.5% to the dollar and has been an underperformer among Asian peers. The offshore Chinese yuan was up 0.9%, leading Asian currencies higher.

Defence

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Chinese President Xi Jinping. (Photo Credit - Reuters)

In western arms sanctions on Russia, China’s arms industry could stand to gain

The arms export embargoes on Moscow could create an opportunity for Beijing to supply arms to countries like Myanmar, which are heavily dependent on Russian arms.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Gujarat election is anything but dull. BJP’s political neurosis about AAP is the hidden headline

Gujarat is the only state where Modi is directly in contention. Even if he wins, the team that runs him closest has much to gain.