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Grid Stability Challenges Posed by Increasing Use of Renewables

The target of 175 GW of renewables by 2022 appears exciting for many of us, but it might not be so for the operators of the electricity grid. Not because they do not like renewables, but because there are a number of challenges that an increasing mix of renewable energy sources pose to the grid stability. Here […]

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Backing Down Wind Mills in Tamil Nadu – There are two sides to every coin

Read an interesting article in The Economic Times today how there is a tussle between wind power generators and private conventional power generators, with TANGEDCO and MNRE being the other actors in the drama. The script goes like this: MNRE would like wind generation to have “must run” status, meaning they should be backed down as […]

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Posted in: Chennai, Coal, Electricity Generation and Transmission, Gas, Onshore Wind, Policies and Regulations, Wind Energy

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Will RPO finally be enforced in India?

Yet again, we have heard about the government’s seriousness about RPO (renewable purchase obligation). The only difference is that, this time it is by the NDA government. Now, why would we take this any more seriously than all of the earlier attempts? Optimists point to the following: 1. To enforce RPO, the government plans to amend […]

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Decentralized Power Options Available in India

=========================================== Are you looking to get energy security for your company through reduction in the use of diesel, furnace oil, LPG and costly grid power? EAI can do a feasibility study for the use of solar PV & thermal, biomass for heat and power, waste heat recovery and energy efficiency to dramatically cut down fossil fuel use and […]

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Power Cuts in India – Are they Here to Stay?

Indian industry has been battling load sheddings from power utilities for many years now. Of course, some states are much worse than others in this context, but it is undeniable that a large part of the Indian industrial sector consider load sheddings and power cuts as a critical pain point for their operations. On the […]

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Six Northern States Could have Power Surplus by 2016

Six of the nine Northern States will have surplus power within four years if of all plants under execution are commissioned by the end of the 12th Plan period, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) reported recently. It, however, added that peaking shortage would continue. The peaking shortage was what, in all likelihood caused the […]

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105550 Villages Electrified Under RGGYY 2005-2012

I have been writing about the fact that tens of thousands of Indian villages are not connected to the grid. (here and here) It was hence of interest to me when I came across data on how many villages had been electrified Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana ( (RGGYY in short, to make life easy […]

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Posted in: Bottom of Pyramid, Electricity Generation and Transmission, Policies and Regulations, Rural Sector

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Southern Grid Integration with National Grid Advanced to Jan 2014

The Union Power Ministry has decided to integrate the southern grid with the national grid in January 2014, Minister for Power and Corporate Affairs M. Veerappa Moily said. He said it was scheduled earlier for December 2014, and the Ministry had now decided to advance it. There are indeed significant advantages of integrating the southern […]

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The Best Destination to See Sell Next Gen Energy Tech? India, Says GigaOm

The worst blackout in a decade hit Northern India on Monday forcing 370 million people to go without power. While blackouts are a huge problem for the country, they’re a massive opportunity for next-generation energy technologies like clean power, and the smart grid, says this GigaOm post. Sure, a problem is just an opportunity by […]

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