Power Sector - Power Ministry Updates


Power Sector - Power Ministry Updates

Energetica India

The article collates the updates and announcement from India’s Ministry of Power

MNRE dedicates 4,611 smart LED streetlights to the people of Ara, Bihar

The 4,611 smart LED lights were installed in a record time of just three weeks and approximately 3 lakh more such lights will be installed in all 38 districts of Bihar.

Shri R K Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, dedicated 4,611 smart and energy-efficient LED lights to the people of Ara, Bihar. These LED lights have been installed in a record time of just three weeks under the Street Light National Programme (SLNP) of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. Ara Municipal Corporation is expected to save 27 lakh kWh energy/year, and Rs. 13.6 crore over seven years.

SLNP is the world's largest streetlight replacement programmebeing implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)- a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The Government of Bihar had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December 2017 with EESL to retrofit and install approximately 3 lakh conventional street lights with LEDs in all 38 districts. Within a record time of only three weeks, EESL has replaced 4,611 conventional lights with LEDs and completed the infrastructure work for segregation of street light circuit from normal electricity distribution circuit in the city.

As a part of this drive, EESL is collaborating with all 143 ULBs in 38 districts of Bihar, including 12 Nagar Nigams, 46 Nagar Parishads,and 85 Nagar Panchayats. Once all these conventional street lights are replaced with LEDs, these LED lights will help the ULBs as well as the nation to save over 7crores deemed units of energy annually, with an avoided peak demand of 17 MW. The retrofitting drive will also lead to an annual reduction of over 57,400 tonnes of CO2 playing a crucial role in India’s climate goals.

These ‘smart lights’ are connected through a web-based monitoring system that enables remote operations and additional operational savings. EESL has installed 89 panels of Centralised Control and Monitoring System (CCMS) with GIS mapping for remote control and monitoring of street lights.

Speaking on occasion, Shri R K Singh, “It is a moment of great pride and joy to dedicate the smart, future-ready and energy-efficient LED streetlights to the people of Ara. These lights will not only illuminate the streets but also enable better and safe mobility for the citizens. Hecommends the efforts of Ara Municipal Corporation and EESL for their relentless work to complete the installation of smart LED street lights in record time. Also, he is sure that such commitment and effort will be replicated across Bihar.”

“The government is working effortlessly to integrate center, state and the industry through this programme. This collaboration is leading to better opportunities for consumers to enable savings as well as help the nation towards energy sufficiency and cleaner environment” he added.


The procurement price of the LED streetlights has reduced from Rs. 135/watt to Rs. 70/watt due to mass procurement by EESL making LEDs affordable and accessible. EESL makes the entire upfront investment in retrofitting the streetlights. Municipalities pay EESL from the savings in energy and maintenance cost over seven years. EESL aims to create market innovations through solutions-driven approach and novel business model of Zero-Subsidy, Zero-Capex,and pay-as-you-save. EESL also undertakes social audits in all states post completion of the project.

EESL’s procurements conform to BIS specification and carry a seven-year warranty against technical defects. EESL conducts appropriate quality checks right from the bidding stage to the field level. This has resulted in the LEDs’ overall technical fault being less than 2 percent in over 50 lakh lights installed by EESL in the country. EESL has maintained an uptime of 97 percent for all streetlights across the country.

Shri R.K. Singh chairs meeting with IPPs, Assures of suitable action to resolve problems 

Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy has recently held a meeting with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to discuss the issues faced by them and find out possible solutions.

In the meeting, the issue of recent RBI circular, which lays down stringent provisioning norms on default of even one day in payment to the lenders, was raised by IPPs prominently, particularly in the context of delay in payment by DISCOMs including non-payment of Late Payment Surcharge (LPS).

Some of the IPPs raised concerns about thedelay in disposal of tariff petitions by Regulators regarding compensatory tariff for anincrease in taxes; duties, cess,etc. levied by Government. They also mentioned that escalation index of CERC did not reflect the actual increase in coal prices and requested CERC to make a separate index for thepower sector.

The meeting discussed the issues related to coal supply in detail. IPPs also brought up the issue related to theimplementation of new environmental norms and requested for early clarification regarding pass-through of the consequential increase in the cost of generation. They also raised the issue of financing of the capital costs for the new equipment to meet the norms.

The Ministerrecognized the important role played by IPPs in capacity addition and addressing power shortage in the country. He said that their concerns would be examined into and assured them of suitable action in consultation with concerned departments to strengthen the power sector.

The contribution of IPPs in thermal generation is substantial. Total installed capacity (including renewable) of theprivate sector is 1,48,896.74 MW, amounting to 44 percent of the totalcapacity of 3,34,399.83 MW in India.

Senior officials from the Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Finance were present in the meeting.

NTPC is 52000+ MW Company

NTPC Commissions Third Unit OfKudgi Super Thermal Power Station 

India’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd. has commissioned its 3rd unit of the 800 MW Kudgisuper thermal power station with effect from March 12, 2018. With this, the total capacity of Kudgisuper thermal power station has gone up to 2400 MW.

With this commissioning, the capacity of NTPC and NTPC Group stands at 45,300 MW and 52,191 MW respectively.

NTPC has 20 coal based, 7 gas based, 11 solar PV, two hydro, one wind and 8 subsidiaries / joint venture power stations. The company is currently building an additional capacity of over 20,000 MW at multiple locations in the country.

REC and PFC not to grant any loan to DISCOMs which are making heavylosses unless they draw up a roadmap for reducing the losses 

Shri R K Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy recently took a review meeting of the two financing arms of the Power Ministry – Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC).

The Minister directed the two institutions that before granting of loan either for capital expenditure or non-capital expenditure, the adherence to prudential norms must be carefully observed. He noted that many distribution companies have been making heavy transmission and distribution (T&D) losses and it may be difficult for them to repay the loans.

The Minister directed that DISCOMs which are making heavy losses (above 15 percent) will not be granted any loans for capital expenditure or non-capital expenditure. Until and unless they draw up a roadmap for reducing the losses over a definite time frame (not more than 2 years), and they can show that they are taking action on the roadmap.  This will be vetted by the Ministry of Power and only then will the grant of theloan be considered for such DISCOMs.

EESL to install energy-efficient LEDsacross all airports in India

Signs MoU with Airports Authority of India to invest Rs. 24.41 crore on theinstallation of LED lights across all airports, buildings,and facilities of AAI

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for installing energy-efficient LED lights at airports, buildings,and facilities owned by AAI across India. EESL will make the entire upfront investment of Rs. 24.41 crores on the project.

The MoUis signed under the Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP). The entire procurement of lighting equipment, installation and maintenance will be undertaken by EESL without any cost burden on AAI. The project will be completed within 4 months from the date of signing a definitive Energy Performance Agreement (EPA).

Under the MoU, EESL will execute the energy efficiency programme on Energy Service Companies (ESCO) model where the entire upfront investment is borne by EESL and recovery of investments is made through monetized shared savings. The contract period is five years,andEESL takes complete responsibility forreplacement/repair for the duration.

EESL has partnered with several leading institutions like the Indian Railways, Central Public Works Department, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation,etc. to replace inefficient lighting and cooling appliances with efficient equipment. EESL has already retrofitted energy-efficient appliances in prominent government buildings such as NITI Aayog, NirmanBhawan, Sardar Patel Bhawan, ShastriBhawan, J&K Assembly, Jammu Secretariat, VidyutBhawan, and Rajiv Chowk metro station. At present, the cost savings through 508 completed building projects across India are estimated to be over Rs. 41 crores with reduction of 38,392 tonnes of CO2 emissions, which is bound to increase with each completed project. Currently, the programme is being implemented at 2,862 buildings across India and will be completed by March 31st, 2018. 

As part of the Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme launched in May 2017, EESL intends to bring in theinvestment of around Rs. 1000 crore covering more than 10,000 large government / private buildings by 2020 enabling annual monetary savings of Rs. 800 crore, energy savings of 100 crore kWh per year and yearly CO2 reduction of 10 lakh tonne.

The MoU was signed by Shri Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL and Shri A.K. Sharma, Executive Director, Airports Authority of India, in the presence of Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power and ShriGuruprasadMohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India.

Speaking at the occasion, ShriSaurabh Kumar, MD, EESL said, “Replacement of existing conventional light fittings with energy-efficient LEDs across airports and buildings of AAI will contribute significantly to India’s climate goals. Multiple commercial buildings in India have been successfully transformedinto energy-efficient complexes. He further added that they are well on the way to radically transform the energy efficiency scenario in the country by retrofitting huge commercial complexes.”

About EESL:

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the Ministry of Power, Government of India, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio in the country. Driven by the mission of Enabling More – more efficiency, more innovation, EESL aims to create market access for efficient and future-ready transformative solutions that create a win-win situation for every stakeholder. By 2020, EESL seeks to be a USD 1.5 billion (Rs 10,000 crore) company putting together all the programmes of EESL.

Thus far, EESL has distributed over 29 crores LED bulbs and retrofitted 48 lakh smart LED streetlights across India through self-sustaining commercial models. It has pioneered innovative business approaches to successfully roll-out large-scale programs that allow for incentive alignment across the value chain and rapidly drives transformative impact. EESL aims to leverage this implementation experience and exploit new opportunities in theoverseas market for diversification of its portfolio. As on date, EESL has begun its operations in UK, South Asia,and South-East Asia.

ASH TRACK Mobile App launched for better management of fly ash produced by thermal power plants 

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh, has launched a web-based monitoring system and a Fly Ash mobile application named ASH TRACK.

The platforms will enable better management of the ash produced by thermal power plants by providing an interface between fly ash producers (thermal power plants) and potential ash users such as – road contractors, cement plants,etc.

Speaking on occasion, Shri R K Singh said that proper management of fly ash is important for not only the environment but for the power sectoralso as the ash produced by the power plants occupies a lot of land space. He explained that at present, 63 percent of the fly ash is being utilized and thetarget is for 100 percentutilization of the fly ash.

For this, the Minister emphasized the need for education and awareness generation. He said that road contractors and construction engineers need to know the benefits of using fly ash in construction. The Minister asked the officials to work out the per kilometer construction costs of roads using fly ash and said if it is found to be expensive, then measures need to be taken to reduce the cost by way of thetax structure, subsidies,and transportation services. Similarly, Shri Singh stressed upon the need to come out with a policy to encourage fly ash use in cement plant.

Analysing the data, Shri Singh said that in spite of increased use of renewable energy, coal would remain the mainstay of power sector in India. In fact, the consumption of coal is going to increase as the economy grows.

Speaking on occasion, Secretary for Power Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla said that quality-wise Indian coal has much more ash content than other countries. Hence, he stressed upon the need for diverse approaches for the fly ash management. He suggested that there is a need to prevent the ash from coming to the power plant by washing the coal at its place of origin. Further, the Power Secretary talked about promoting R&D for increasing efficiency of power plants and reducing the ash generation. He said that their mantra should be ‘The least ash generated and maximum ash utilized.’ He also thanked NitiAayog for providing full support to this project.

Users can download the Ash Track mobile app from Google Play Store for Android OS and App Store for Apple IOS.

The ASH TRACK Mobile App has following features

For Consumers

  • The app shows coal-based power plants situated within the radius of 100 km and 300 km from a given location
  • The user can select power station from where he wants to take fly ash
  • Ash availability, distance from user’s location, details of contact person will be displayed
  • The user can apply online for allocation of ash
  • SMS will be sent to the applicant and the respective power plant instantly

For Power Stations 

  • The app shows perspective users within the radius of 100 km and 300 km of power plants
    • Power station can see the location of prospective ash users surrounding the power plant like – cement plants, NHAI, PradhanMantri Gram SadakYojana (PMGSY) projects, brick producers, etc.
    • Power plants can contact the prospective users for thesupply of ash.

Ash Utilisation Data

  • App gives plant wise, utility wise and state wise ash utilization status in the country.
  • Shows details of real-time ash generation and utilization.

The ASH TRACK App would be managing 200 million tonnes of fly ash by tracking coal-based power plants situated within 100 km and 300 km from given location and availability of fly ash, along with prospective users within the same radius. The App provides plant-wise, utility-wise and State-wise ash utilization status in the country.

The thermal plants would regularly update fly ash generation, utilization,and stock on the web portal and the app. This would allow effective monitoring and review for increasing ash utilization. This would also help in protecting theenvironmentregarding reduction in fugitive emissions, saving of precious topsoil and conservation of land for sustainable development.

Fly ash, the end product of combustion during the process of power generation in the coal-based thermal power plants.It is a proven resource material for many applications of construction industries and currently is being utilized in the manufacturing of Portland Cement, bricks/blocks/tiles manufacturing, road embankment construction and low lying area development, etc. 

CEA has written to all states to use 5-10% of biomass pellets with coal for power generation in thermal power plants

The Ministry of Power has issued a policy to use 5-10% of biomass pellets along with coal for power generation in thermal power plants.

To promote the use of the biomass pellets, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has written to all Central/State Utilities, State Governments,Power Equipment Manufacturers/Integrated Power Producers/Generating Companies that all fluidized bed and pulverized coal units of power generating utilities (coal-based thermal power plants), public or private located in India except those having ball and tube mill, shall endeavor to use 5-10% blend of biomass pellets.These are made, primarily, of agro residue along with coal after assessing the technical feasibility, viz., the safety aspects, etc.

The Minister also informed that the NTPC had invited tenders for procurement of 500 TPD (tonnes per day) agro residue based biomass pellets and 500 TPD of agro residue based torrefied biomass pellets/briquettes for power generation at NTPC Dadri Project, to be supplied over a period of two years.

Realized energy saving of 8.67 MTOE under PAT Scheme exceeds energy saving targets of 6.68 MTOE by about 30%

The outcome of the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme had exceeded the expectations.The realized energy saving of 8.67 Million Tonnes of Oil Equivalent (MTOEis about 30more than the assigned energy saving targets of 6.68 MTOE.

PAT Cycle-I was completed in March 2015In this cycle, 478 Designated Consumers (DCsbelonging to 8 sectors (Aluminium, Cement, Chlor-Alkali, Fertilizer, Iron & Steel, Pulp & Paper, Thermal Power and Textilewere notified with mandatory specific energy consumption (i.e.energy use per unit of productionreduction targets.

Further, these cumulative energy saving targets of 6.68 MTOE were to be achieved in a cycle of 3 years.  At the end of the PAT Cycle-I, upon monitoring and verification (M&V), which was carried out by third-party energy auditors, accredited and impaneled by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), it has been assessed that these DCs have collectively achieved energy savings of about 8.67 MTOE.

The sector-wise details of the energy saving targets assigned at the beginning and achievements at the end of the PAT Cycle-I are given in the Table.

| Article published on 26/04/2018 by Moulin

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