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1000MW ( 2X500 MW) stage I of Mouda Super Thermal Power Project in Nagpur district of Maharashtra

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The Prime Minister said that even so many years after independence, power had not reached every nook and corner of the country, and in many areas there were acute power shortages. But he reiterated his Government`s resolve to provide power to all. The Prime Minister mentioned the stress he had laid on hydropower during his recent visits to Bhutan and Nepal, as well as to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the aim of the Government is to tap all sources of energy, with emphasis on clean energy, especially solar energy.

The Prime Minister said that even so many years after independence, power had not reached every nook and corner of the country, and in many areas there were acute power shortages. But he reiterated his Government`s resolve to provide power to all. The Prime Minister mentioned the stress he had laid on hydropower during his recent visits to Bhutan and Nepal, as well as to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the aim of the Government is to tap all sources of energy, with emphasis on clean energy, especially solar energy. Read More..

Courtesy: PTI

Government plans to merge all state-run hydropower firms; thermal projects may be transferred to NTPC

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The government plans to create public sector energy giants with a massive restructuring exercise that will amalgamate all state-run hydropower firms and transfer their thermal projects to create strong companies that can take on the rapidly growing private conglomerates. The exercise aims to merge all four central hydropower companies.

According to the proposal, NHPC, SJVN, THDC and NEEPCO may be merged into one organisation that will control 10,000 mw of existing and 32,500 mw of proposed capacity. It would also transfer 4,600 mw of thermal plants controlled by hydro firms to NTPC, which in turn would shed 1,400 mw of its hydropower plants if the proposal goes through. Read more..

Courtesy: Economic Times

Four Gram Panchayats in Uttarakhand joined forces to oppose a cement plant.

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When Basanti Devi entered the village of Bachwadi in Uttarakhand’s Takula block on one of her routine visits, she knew that something was wrong. Instead of the normal hustle, groups of men stood about talking quietly. She asked them what the matter was.

Basanti and the Gram Panchayat
Basanti Devi was on a  secure enough footing with the men of the village to ask them what was troubling them. After all, for the last five years she had been visiting them regularly. Her visits enabled the creation of women’s groups, helped them open bank accounts and generally allowed them access to a better, more dignified life. Inspired by her, the women of the five villages in that gram panchayat had pledged to protect their forest and stringently applied measures to minimise lopping. As a result of this, today the once-degraded forest was coming back to life. This  also resurrected the once-diminished stream that issued from the forest. If this were not enough, Basanti-di’s entire life and her long association with the Lakshmi Ashram were proof that she could be relied upon. Read more..

Courtesy: India Water Portal

Started selling power from three units of Rampur project: SJVN

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SJVN LTD. today said it has started selling power from three units of the Rampur Hydro Electric Project in .

Units 1, 2 and 5 of the project have started commercial operations, state-owned SJVN said in a regulatory filing to the stock exchange.

The 412 MW plant has six units, each with a capacity of 68.66 MW. The full project, which has the potential to generate 1,770 million units of electricity each year, is scheduled to be commissioned by June.

As the home state, Himachal Pradesh will buy 30% of the electricity generated by the plant and will get an additional 12% free.

The remainder output will be supplied to other parts of the northern region – Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand,  and.

The estimated cost of the World Bank-backed project is Rs 2,047.03 crore.

Shares of SJVN, formerly known as Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd, closed at Rs 22.90, down 1.93% on the .

Courtesy: Business Standard

It’s Green Lights All The Way For Mr Moily

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Jayanthi Fax: A Report Card

Jayanthi Natarajan cleared 289 projects in the 30-month period between Jul 2011 and Dec 2013. In two segments, though, her actions run contrary to the perception that her ministry was an obstacle.

Coal mines in 2012

  • No. of projects considered: 98
  • Approved: 57
  • Declined: 0
  • Additional information: 41

Coal mines in 2013

  • No. of projects considered: 81
  • Approved: 46
  • Declined: 0
  • Additional information: 35

Hydropower projects between April 2003 and December 2013

  • No. of projects considered: 86
  • Approved: 75
  • Declined: 0
  • Additional information: 11

Thermal power projects in 2012

  • No. of projects considered: 49
  • Approved: 27
  • Declined: 2
  • Additional information: 20

Thermal power projects in 2013

  • No. of projects considered: 52
  • Approved: 14
  • Declined: 4
  • Additional information: 34

Research by the Delhi-based EIA Resource and Response Centre using data on coal mines and thermal power projects; and by the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People on hydropower. More

Hydel project wall collapses during trial run

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MANALI: The reservoir of a hydel project near here burst on Sunday morning during a trial run of filling it with water, causing panic in settlements downstream. The exercise was undertaken just a few days before the commissioning of the project at Aleo village.

A 4.8MW hydropower project, Aleo Manali Hydropower Pvt Ltd stage-II, being set up on Allain Nullah, is scheduled to start power generation by the end of this month. Sources said the project management had opened the inlet gates of the reservoir, which has capacity to store 12,000 cubic meter of water, on Saturday. A day later, around 10am, a huge chunk of the reservoir wall collapsed when it was filled to only 75% of its capacity. As the water breached embankment, levels in Allain stream and the Beas rose suddenly, causing panic among residents in Kullu and Bhuntar towns, some 50 kms from here.

An official of the project management said the reservoir was being filled on a trial basis, but a wall collapsed before it was filled to capacity. “We have suffered huge losses. The reasons for the incident are still unknown. About 95% work of the project has already been completed,” he said.

According to Manali sub-divisional magistrate Vinay Dhiman, the project management had not informed them about filling up the reservoir on trial basis. “It could have proved fatal for many. We are looking into the matter and those found guilty will be liable for legal action,” he said.

Vashisht panchayat pradhan Govardhan Thakur alleged that the project management had neither informed them of the filling of reservoir nor warned the public. Thakur Dass, pradhan of Prini village, located next to the project site, said the management should take extra care of the people and property in nearby villages.

Courtesy: Times of India

Lanco in talks with CESC to sell Budhil Hydro Power asset Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/27240358.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Lanco Infratech (BSE -2.28 %) is in talks with Kolkata-based CESC (BSE 0.24 %) to sell the Budhil Hydro Power Project, sources with direct knowledge said. Deal talks are hovering around Rs 750 cr for the 70 MW hyro power project in Himachal Pradesh, negotiations are still on, sources said.
Macquarie is the advisor to Lanco for sale of Budhil Hydro Project. Lanco needs to sell assets and infuse cash into the company to fulfill the terms of CDR ( Corporate Debt Restructuring), a source said.  .. A consortium of lenders has given a nod to a Rs 7,700 cr CDR package.
Lanco said, “the information is not true and we do not wish to comment on media speculation.” Sanjiv Goenka of CESC was unavailable for comments on the development.
Courtesy: The Economic Times

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