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India's first solar-powered island: Diu is setting an example for the rest of the country

India's first solar-powered island: Diu is setting an example for the rest of the country

It’s a hot afternoon in Diu. The sleepy island, with just over 50,000 people, is among the top 10 least populated districts in India. And it shows. The beaches are clean and quiet. Waterfront promenades are deserted — so are the markets. Even booze shops, which get droves of weekend visitors from dry Gujarat next-door, are desolate on a Wednesday. But Diu is much more than that — it is India’s first solar-powered island.

The secret lies in Fudam where a barren stretch of land soon gives way to a silvery expanse. It is not the sea. It is layer upon layer of solar panels glinting in the sunlight. This is Diu’s 9 MW solar park, spread over 50 acres. The solar park, built in two phases since 2016 and at a cost of Rs 62.48 crore, is helping the district of Diu, part of the Daman & Diu Union territory, get on the green map of the country. From importing all the electricity it needed from Gujarat, Diu now generates power to meet all its day-time needs. Solar now meets close to 30% of its daily electricity requirements.

 

UP’s power distribution reform plan scrapped

UP’s power distribution reform plan scrapped

Doing a volte-face on its power-sector reform agenda, the Uttar Pradesh government has dropped a plan to implement the franchise model for privatisation of electricity distribution in the state’s five cities, including capital Lucknow, and withdrew the tender documents inviting bids under the integr...

Victory For Power Employees in UP, Government Rolls Back Privatisation Move

Victory For Power Employees in UP, Government Rolls Back Privatisation Move

Power-sector employees in Uttar Pradesh, who were protesting for over a month against privatisation, have registered a victory.

The state government has agreed to withdraw the tenders it had floated in February inviting private companies to take over various electricity distribution activities in sev...

Adani, Torrent Power eye Brazil power distribution firms

Adani, Torrent Power eye Brazil  power distribution firms

At least two Indian companies—Adani Group and Torrent Power—have shown interest in acquiring six electricity distribution firms put on sale by Brazil’s Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras, or Eletrobras, two people aware of the development said.

Given the limited opportunities in India, these firms have b...

1st time ever! JERC issues power tariff orders for UTs before due date

1st time ever! JERC issues power tariff orders for UTs before due date

For the first time, the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) has issued orders for new rates of power for the next financial year in Goa and all Union Territories before the due date of March 31, a senior official said.

The JERC has been able to issue all the 10 tariff orders for Union Terr...

Thousands Of Power Employees Storm Delhi Against Privatisation

Thousands Of Power Employees Storm Delhi Against Privatisation

Thousands of power-sector employees from all over India stormed Parliament Street in Delhi on 3 April in protest against the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2014, which seeks to extend privatisation to the distribution of electricity.

The massive rally saw different unions of electricity employees and e...

Goa govt decides to subsidise power tariff for consumers

Goa govt decides to subsidise power tariff for consumers

Power minister Pandurang Madkaikar, stung by criticism from cabinet colleagues and the opposition alike, on Monday announced the government’s decision to increase the subsidy on power so that domestic consumers don’t feel the pinch of increased tariffs.
Madkaikar said low tension domestic consumers w...

UDAY fails to save UPs bleeding Discoms, 49% homes without power: Study

UDAY fails to save UPs bleeding Discoms, 49% homes without power: Study

 The electricity distribution companies (discoms) of Uttar Pradesh ran up losses totalling Rs 21,486 crore ($3.2 billion) by 2016, enough to pay the electricity bills of 100 million households for more than a month (at 10 units per day per household at Rs 5 per unit).

Successive governments have...

Under pressure, Goa government soft-pedals power tariff hike

Under pressure, Goa government soft-pedals power tariff hike

Under pressure from the opposition as well as members of the cabinet who opposed a proposed hike in domestic power consumption tariff, the Goa government on Monday said it will put off the hike for consumers utilising less than 200 units of electricity.

Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar told journal...

Relief for power sector as Allahabad High Court halts RBI’s NPA order

Relief for power sector as Allahabad High Court halts RBI’s NPA order

In a major relief, the Allahabad High Court  put on hold action against the power sector under the RBI’s stressed assets framework.

By its February 12 circular, the Reserve Bank of India had asked banks to scrap all debt restructuring mechanisms and begin the resolution process if a company dela...

Goa minister threatens protests over electricity tariff hike

Goa minister threatens protests over electricity tariff hike

A minister in the Goa government has threatened protests over the proposed 11 per cent hike in electricity tariff that will come into effect in the state from April 1. Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, addressing a press conference today, expressed "utter displeasure" at his government accepting t...

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