Electric Utilities

While India continues to add generation capacity, the gap between demand and supply remains wide. A major reason for this chasm is unchecked demand. The judicious use of electricity needs to be encouraged through an innovative system of incentives and penalties. Efficient usage will ensure that demand matches supply of electricity; it will also give the renewable energy sector in India, the much needed incubation period.

Electric utilities, by virtue of being the supplier of electricity, are the best placed in the power ecosystem to manage the demand of their consumers through ingeniously designed Demand Side Management (DSM). Therefore, our Electric Utility programme is working to build a case for a national mandate on Demand Side Management so that utilities are both empowered and mandated to manage the demand of their consumers.

To make this possible, the Electric Utilities programme is supporting enabling policies and regulations at the central and state level; designing programmes that can provide evidence for policy adoption, and facilitating implementation tools and aids for Industry and policy makers.

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    Already accounting for 9% of India's total installed energy capacity, wind power looks to add another 6GW this year, an unprecedented expansion that will help the country overshoot its Paris climate pact commitment.>>

    Huffington Post |  22 May 2017
    India's First Electric Cab Fleet To Be Launched In Nagpur This Month

    The first electric taxi fleet in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from the 26th of May 2017. With India's pledge to go all electric by 2030, this is a good way to get things rolling. Nagpur will be the first city in the country to adopt electric cabs and the success of this project will determine its applicability in other cities. >>

    NDTV |  15 May 2017
  • State discoms lower losses in FY16, improve cost coverage t

    Operational performance of state power distribution companies has improved with a decline in commercial losses of electricity and marginally better coverage of costs in fiscal 2016, a report by the Power Finance Corp (PFC) said.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 May 2017
    Emission standards soon for Railways

    Indian Railways will soon come under emission standards, with the Engine Development Directorate of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation drawing up the draft norms for diesel locos. The emission burden from the transport sector as a whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne CO2, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013. >>

    The Hindu Business Line |  02 May 2017
  • If India meets renewables target, no more coal power needed till 2027

    Investing in renewables brings environmental benefits like reduced pollution while creating employment opportunities as well. Therefore, renewable energy has the potential to solve the energy trilemma of ensuring energy security, energy access and sustainability.>>

    The Economic Times |  29 Apr 2017
    Pollution tapers solar yield by 25 per cent: Study

    India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually. >>

    The Economic Times |  26 Apr 2017
  • Better Energy Management Electrifies the Corporate Agenda

    Forward-looking businesses are realizing huge cost savings by investing in energy efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy—as well as being able to make and meet ever more ambitious greenhouse gas commitments.>>

    BSR |  12 Apr 2017
    India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

    India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. Among states, Andhra Pradesh tops the chart with largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 31, 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively. >>

    The Economic Times |  11 Apr 2017
  • Energy efficiency 2.0

    Globally, governments are trying to ginger up today’s moribund carbon markets, by fixing floor prices for carbon and mandating purchase. On its part, the World Bank will soon start the ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’, which will essentially pay for emission cuts. The 10 GW of saving achieved by India in 2016-17 is but just a pinch. A whole new industry is opening up.>>

    Business Line |  11 Apr 2017
    Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

    The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment. The new energy -- mainly from wind and solar installations, but not including large hydro projects -- was up eight percent from the previous year, on global investment of USD 242 billion (227 billion euros). >>

    The Economic Times |  07 Apr 2017

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