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Modi govt set to meet electrification target, but millions still in darkness

Modi govt set to meet electrification target, but millions still in darkness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to victory in 2014 on pledges to improve the lives of Indians, including bringing power to every citizen.

Rural electrification became a cornerstone of Modi’s plan, which included connecting more than 18,000 villages by the end of this month. And with only a few left to be electrified, according to government data, that’s a target Modi’s administration looks set to meet.

But that will still keep almost 32 million homes in the dark: the government deems a village “electrified” if 10% of its households, as well as public places such as schools and health centres, are connected. As of Thursday, less than 8% of the newly electrified villages had all homes electrified, the data showed, leaving swaths of rural India without power, which can hinder economic growth, basic health care and education.

 

India can be the epicentre of a common SAARC electricity market

India can be the epicentre of a common SAARC electricity market

There are many lessons to be learned from the recently concluded conference of the International Solar Alliance. The most significant of which is that, emerging economies realise they will have to work together if they want to be energy-secure. This is particularly interesting in the context of the ...

UDAY scheme impact: Now, complacency to cost electricity discoms dear

UDAY scheme impact: Now, complacency to cost electricity discoms dear

If the state governments still wanted to keep electricity subsidies, they should give these to the intended beneficiaries via the direct benefit transfer (DBT) route, rather than burden the distribution companies (discoms) by making them the transfer agents, power minister RK Singh said. In an exclu...

DERC frames regulation for forum and ombudsman

DERC frames regulation for forum and ombudsman

Delhi's power sector regulator DERC has framed regulations providing for the formation of forum and ombudsman to redress grievances of the consumers.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Forum for Redressal of the Grievances of the Consumers and Ombudsman) Regulation 2018 provides for the con...

Electricity regulatory commissions must have a judicial member: Supreme Court

Electricity regulatory commissions must have a judicial member: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ordered that one of the members of electricity regulatory commissions should be a person of judicial background, quashing orders of various high courts that the chairperson of such bodies in states should be a high court judge. The top court also said the judicial member should be ...

Western Maharashtra farmers owe state Rs 11,000 crore in electricity dues

Western Maharashtra farmers owe state Rs 11,000 crore in electricity dues

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, minister for energy, has held Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party president, responsible for the unpaid electricity bill by farmers. These are unpaid bills for using water pumps for agricultural use.  Bawankule has said, a total Rs 22,000 crore is due from farmers...

Not mandatory to appoint HC judge as SERC's head: Supreme Court

Not mandatory to appoint HC judge as SERC's head: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that it is not "mandatory" to appoint a high court judge as the chairperson of State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), which determines power tariff, in the states.

The path-breaking verdict put to rest the vexatious question that had come to light due to conflicti...

EV charging stations don’t need separate license under Electricity Act: Power Ministry

EV charging stations don’t need separate license under Electricity Act: Power Ministry

The government clarified its position on electric vehicle charging stations and has said that a separate license will not be required under the Electricity Act 2003 for setting them up.

“The clarification has been issued in this regard that the Electricity Act 2003 does not need to be amended to allo...

IEX, JEPX tie up to explore opportunities in electricity market

IEX, JEPX tie up to explore opportunities in electricity market

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Japan Electric Power Exchange (JEPX) have tied up to jointly explore opportunities for a cooperation in electricity market.

The scope of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) includes opportunities for training to augment the electricity trading through competitive mark...

Power ministry unveils scheme to help 2,500 MW stranded thermal plants

Power ministry unveils scheme to help 2,500 MW stranded thermal plants

In an attempt to bring some relief to the stressed thermal power sector, the government has introduced a pilot scheme to procure electricity from power plants without PPAs. A combined capacity of 2,500 megawatt (MW) will be procured through this scheme.
Though no time line for inviting tenders has be...

National Electricity Plan revised to make room for more coal

National Electricity Plan revised to make room for more coal

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has revised the National Electricity Plan (NEP) after getting feedback from more than 30 state-owned and private institutions, mostly questioning the redundancy of coal. From retiring coal-based power completely, the CEA has said India would need 6,440 Mw ther...

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