The Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has extended the validity of the existing power tariffs in the state till December 31 this year. The term of the tariffs, fixed in December 2016 by the commission, was slated to end on Saturday. The decision was taken in view of the fact that the commission is yet to finalise the norms for the KSERC (Terms and Conditions for Determination of Tariff) Regulations, 2017, which require distribution licencees, including KSEB, to submit tariff proposals for four years at one go. The draft policy was published last December.
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 the recommendation of the Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission (JERC) for a tariff hike.
Electricity charges for domestic users in the city, per unit, have been reduced, while fixed charges per month has increased, the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) announced on March 28. The total electricity bill is the sum of charges for the electricity used per unit and fixed charges.
Addressing media after the announce,emt, Power Minister Satyendar Jain said that the total electricity bills of every domestic consumer in Delhi across different categories have come down.
Out of 47,855 MW of the coal-based power plants currently under construction, only 6,445 MW of additional capacity would be required between FY17-22, the National Electricity Plan (NEP) published by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has said. The forecast was based on estimating power demand growth at 6.2% CAGR and capacity addition of other electricity generating sources such as gas (406 MW), hydro (6,823 MW), nuclear (3,300 MW) and renewable energy (1,17,756 MW). The capacity requirement forecast also took into account the possible retirement of 22,716 MW capacity of generation units due to their old age and inability to adhere to environmental norms.
Opposing the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to privatise power distribution in Lucknow, Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Meerut and Moradabad, around 1 lakh employees and engineers from the power sector have decided to go on a strike and boycott work on March 27. Employees said they would indefinitely strike work if the process of privatisation of power distribution in these five cities is not rolled back. Power sector employees under the banner of Uttar Pradesh Vidyut Karmachari Sanyukt Samiti (power employees joint action committee) on March 26 raised doubts on the fairness of the exercise and said in privatising the best revenue giving cities, the government is, in effect, privatising profits and nationalising losses.
India’s electricity production grew 34% over seven years to 2017, and the country now produces more energy than Japan and Russia, which had 27% and 8.77% more electricity generation capacity installed, respectively, than India seven years ago.
India produced 1,160.10 billion units (BU) of electricity–one BU is enough to power 10 million households (one household using average of about 3 units per day) for a month–in financial year (FY) 2017. Electricity production stood at 1,003.525 BU between April 2017-January 2018, according to a February 2018 report by India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), a trust established by the commerce ministry.
State-owned power giant NTPC on March 23 said its first unit of 2x800 MW Lara Super Thermal power station in Chhattisgarh commenced generating electricity, which took the group's total capacity to 52,991 MW.
NTPC has 21 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 19,000 MW at multiple locations in the country, it said in a statement.
The Odisha Electricity Employees and Engineers joined the nationwide protest in all state capitals against Electricity Bill 2014, privatisation of electricity distribution and Franchisee.
The nation wide call was given by the National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE). The Employees and Engineers of all Unions and Associations took out a rally from Station Square to State Assembly today and demanded review of Electricity Reforms Act, policy of Privatisation and Franchisee and the performances in this regard made so far through a commission of experts and make it’s finding public.
With subsidy dues that the Punjab government owes to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) running into Rs 5,000 crore, the cabinet, on March 13, allowed an increase in electricity duty by 2 percentage points, taking it to 15%. This means that bill of each consumer will also increase by 2%.
The duty will be applicable on domestic, commercial and industrial consumers and the increase will help the state government fund the subsidy dues. The additional burden on the state’s power consumers will be Rs 150 crore.
For the first time this year, KSEB Limited has been forced to evacuate power from costly thermal and naphtha stations in the state. The utility was forced to purchase power from Brahmapuram and Kozhikode diesel power plants on March 9, the day that witnessed the highest power consumption of the year (77.5 million units). “It is also a fact that we resorted to costly power only for a day, and that too just 0.38 million units. But this is a sign of things to come,” a top KSEBL official said.