NTPC starts 660 MW Solapur Super Thermal Power Project in Maharashtra

NTPC Ltd, India’s largest power producer, has taken its total installed production capacity beyond the 51,000 MW mark with the addition of the 660 MW Solapur Super Thermal Power Project in Maharashtra. The total capacity of the NTPC Group has become 51410 MW, including 20 coal based, 7 gas based, 10 solar PV, one Hydro, […]

BHEL commissions 800 MW supercritical coal unit in Karnataka

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) commissioned an 800 MW coal-based supercritical thermal unit at the  Yeramarus Thermal Power Station located in Raichur district of Karnataka, the heavy equipment maker said. The plant is a joint venture between BHEL and Karnataka Power Corporation Limited and now has a capacity of 1600 MW. With this, BHEL has supplied […]

India is the first country to reuse nuclear waste on large scale – Minister

The Department of Atomic Energy today said that India is the first country in the world where the waste produced by nuclear power plants is being used for civilian applications. Jitendra Singh, the minister of state overseeing the department, also allayed concerns about any possible leakage of radiation from spent fuel. “There has been no […]

Govt not to supply LNG to stranded gas power projects from next month

The government is not planning to extend the two-year-old scheme to supply subsidized, imported natural gas to stranded gas power projects when it expires this month, according to a senior power ministry official. “We got a representation from the association of power producers requesting us to extend the scheme,” said the official “but we have decided […]

India to add 34.5 GW of hydroelectric capacity in 10 years

India will set a target of adding 34.5 GW of hydro-power generation capacity in the next ten years, according to power ministry sources. “The target for the 13th plan has been set at 13.31 GW and that for the 14th plan will be 21.15 GW,” said a power ministry official. This will take India’s total […]

After missing twice, India comfortably meets power sector targets for 12th five-year plan

After missing its targets by wide margins in the previous two five-year plans, India is all set to comfortably meet or exceed all its power sector targets for the 12th five-year plan that ends this month. Five-year plans, borrowed from the Soviet Union, are a legacy of Nehruvian policy of setting development targets every five […]

India plans for eight-fold increase in nuclear power capacity to 45 GW

India is planning to increase its nuclear power generation capacity to 44,628 megawatt, about eight times the current capacity of 5,780 MW, the Prime Ministers’ Office said today. At present, India has seven nuclear power plants. However, given that most of these were set up decades ago, most of these facilities contain individual units of […]

Poor water levels cripple hydropower generation in Telangana, Jharkhand, Andhra, TN

Water levels of dams in central and south India are abnormally low this year, going by data of hydro-electricity production across India. According to data of electricity produced by dams in India from April 2016 to February 2017, both the south and central India are facing extreme shortage of water. The average production of hydro-electricity […]

Power companies to save Rs 2,500 cr/yr as coal linkage rationalization expands

The amount of money estimated to be saved by power companies in India due to the rearrangement of coal supplies has risen to Rs 2,503.50 cr per year, according to power ministry sources. The program of swapping coal sources, known as ‘coal linkage rationalization’, is in its third phase. The first phase, which was carried out […]

Chhattisgarh leads as India uses solar to take power to villages

The central Indian state of Chhattisgarh has come out as a leader in India’s quest to take electricity to remote villages where grid-based power cannot be supplied due to economical reasons. The state accounts for 550 of the 852 ‘decentralized distributed generation’ schemes set up with central assistance so far, according to data sourced from […]

18,420 megawatt of thermal power projects face funding difficulties in India

A large chunk of under-development coal-based power units have their construction stalled due to the paucity of funds, according to numbers obtained from the power ministry. In total, projects that have a design capacity of 18,420 megawatt, or 18.42 gigawatt, are classified as ‘stalled’ due to financial reasons, the ministry said. This is equivalent to […]

At 4.5¢ per unit, solar achieves grid parity in India with coal power

About a week ago, India witnessed an event that environmentalists in India, and perhaps many across the world, have been waiting for — the achievement of grid parity between solar and coal in India. India depends on coal for meeting about 75% of its power needs. The country accounts for about 7% of the world’s […]

India may miss national solar mission target for 2016-17

After having met its solar power installation target for last financial year with relative ease, India could end up missing its target for the year ending March 2017. India had around 6 GW of installed solar power generation capacity at the end of March 2016, and by this year, it was supposed to rise to […]

Delhi Pollution Control Board extends shutdown of NTPC Badarpur plant till January

NTPC Ltd said the Delhi Pollution Control Committee has given directions to keep all its units in Badarpur Thermal Power Station closed till January 31, 2017. The reason for the committees direction has not been disclosed by NTPC. However, the reason is likely to be concerns around poor air quality in Delhi. The plant was […]

ABB creates record with 1.2 mln volt transformer for new India grid

Power generator ABB said it developed, manufactured and energized a 1.2 mln volts ultra high voltage power transformer to support India’s plans to build a 1,200 kV transmission system. The new grid will supplement the existing 400 kV and 800 kV networks as demand for electricity increases. “The 1.2 million volt transformer represents the highest […]

Heritage Foods commissions second wind power project with Suzlon in Andhra

Heritage foods Ltd, one of the largest private sector dairy enterprises in Southern India, said it has finished the commissioning of the 2nd wind power plant at Vajrakarur of Ananthapur District in Andhra Pradesh. The wind power plant has a 2.1 MW capacity and is expected to generate 5 million units per year. At Rs […]