Two day Power Ministers Conference concludes with several collective decisions concerning Power, Coal, Renewable Energy and Mines Sectors power-sector-news

 

New delhi .The two-day Conference of State Power, New & Renewable Energy & Mines Ministers concluded in Vadodara, Gujarat today. It was attended by Ministers and senior Officials from the 20 participating States and 2 Union Territories, Secretaries and officers of the Union Ministries of Power, Coal, New& Renewable Energy and Mines, along with the Chairpersons of Central and State PSUs.

Addressing the media after the conclusion of the two-day conference, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, informed that consensus was achieved on various important issues without any disagreement and the future plan of action was finalized with the State Ministers during the marathon deliberations.

Informing about the Ujwal DISCOMs Assurance Yojana (UDAY), Shri Goyal expressed positiveness that all States would come overboard by the end of November, 2016 so that they can complete the formalities of signing the MoUs by December this year and complete the process of issuing bonds by March, 2017.

The Minister expressed confidence that 100% Rural Electrification, including villages in LWE Districts and dense forests, would be achieved by 1st May, 2017, one year ahead of schedule as set by the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. Further, the Minister informed that the Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) is in the process of drawing up a scheme for extending long term basis soft loans to the States at a flat rate to achieve 100% household electrification across the States for both APL & BPL population.

Talking about the achievements in proactive governance in the Power sector, Shri Goyal noted that all the States have now come on the URJA map after which the consumers will receive real time information in advance through sms about every power outage in their area, whether planned or non-planned. The Minister also informed that 2600 census towns, hitherto not covered under the IPDS Scheme, have been brought under the programme for IT enablement.

Using the two-day conference as a platform, the Minister has urged all the States to undertake a drive to sanitize all the data that they provide to the centre for disseminating to the people through various mobile apps. “This would bring accuracy in the figures provided to the people and save the Government from various controversies”, he added.

In the Hydro power sector, the Minister detailed out a number of issues that were discussed and on which consensus was achieved during the conference. Most important of these were, forming of a new committee which would work in mission mode to get the 22 stalled large hydro power projects started and inject fresh investment to make them viable in the next 3 months.

Further, with a wide consensus, it was decided to give Hydro power a renewable energy status and a separate Renewable Energy Purchase Obligation (RPO) should be set up for the hydro sector.

The Minister has asked REC & Power Finance Corporation (PFC) to work out a plan to assist stressed and stalled small hydro power projects in the country to make them viable and get them restarted at the earliest. It was also decided that the States would be given incentives to comply with the RPOs.

“A National Electricity Plan has been prepared to forecast the actual demand of electricity in real time and to attract new investments in the sector to promote new power generation capacity”, the Minister informed the media.

Talking about a new initiative, Shri Goyal informed that the Government would aid the setting up of small solar units by farmers, which would in turn power agricultural pump sets.

Regarding the Mines sector, the conference decided on a host of issues. Secretary, Mines, Shri Balvinder Kumar informed the media that all the States except Tamil Nadu will implement the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana by end of this month, the Mining Surveillance System for major minerals will be launched by the next fortnight across the states, under the National Mineral Policy G4 level of exploration of 80 blocks of 100 sq. km each will be carried out by March 2017. Further, he added that the Ministry has asked Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala and Uttarakhand to modify their rules to enable auctioning of minor mineral blocks.

Finally, in the concluding remarks, Shri Goyal informed the gathering that taking forward this remarkable journey of cooperative federalism the next State Power Ministers’ Conferences would be held in Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh) and subsequently in Rajgir (Bihar). 



Posted Date :  08-10-16

Categories : power-sector-news

Similar news

Defence Minister on her visit to Andaman Nicobar Command

Port Blair: Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister of India reached at Port Blair on 13th January evening and she was received by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, ADC, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman & Nicobar Command at INS Utkrosh.  The Defence Minister is on a two-day visit to Andaman Nicoba
Posted Date :  14-01-19

Read more

Powergrid placed at 81 in the 2017

NEW DELHI: POWERGRID has been placed at #81 in the recently published 2017 Platts Top 250 Global Energy Rankings, registering a leap of 11 positions from last year's rank #92. With this POWERGRID has retained its top position as 'Fastest Growing Electric Utility in Asia' for the fourt
Posted Date :  28-09-17

Read more

Global Crude oil price of Indian Basket

New Delhi: The international crude oil price of Indian Basket as computed/published today by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas was US$ 51.24 per barrel (bbl) on 01.08.2017. This was higher than the price of US$ 50.80 per bbl on previous pu
Posted Date :  03-08-17

Read more

Electricity Generated from Nuclear Power Plants

New Delhi: Electricity generated by central sector generating stations is allocated to the beneficiary States and Union Territories in the electricity region by the Ministry of Power (MoP). As per the extant guidelines of MoP, 50% of power is allocated to ‘Home’ State, 15% unallocated power k
Posted Date :  03-08-17

Read more

Power Sports Control Board Held Executive Committee Meeting

NEW DELHI. 53rd Meeting of Executive Committee of Power Sports Control Board(Ministry of Power, Govt. of India) organized on 28th April,2017 at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi. Representatives from PFC, BBMB, PGCIL, NHPC, THDC, REC, MOP, CEA, NEEPCO and SJVNL attended the meeting.    On this occ
Posted Date :  05-05-17

Read more

Conference of Power Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers

NEW DELHI. The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal addressing at the inauguration of the Conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States & UTs, in New Delhi on May 03, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Po
Posted Date :  04-05-17

Read more

UP Signs Power for all Agreement with Central Government

Lucknow. The Uttar Pradesh government on Friday signed an agreement with the Centre for “Power for All”.The agreement was signed in presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal. UP was the only state in the country which had not signed the scheme aimed
Posted Date :  17-04-17

Read more

NTPC is now 50498 MW Company

With commissioning of 500 MW unit at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh the total installed capacity of NTPC has risen to 50498 MW. In FY 17 NTPC's annual generation has topped 250 BUs: Company commenced Coal Mining at Pakri Barwadih: Commissioned First high efficiency 800 MW unit at Kudgi and has
Posted Date :  03-04-17

Read more

Energising India

NEW DELHI .The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal interacting with CEOs at an event felicitated by Follow CII, in New Delhi on March 20, 2017.
Posted Date :  22-03-17

Read more

Govt Planning To Set Up Scrap based Steel Plants

New Delhi.The government on Friday said it is planning to set up scrap-based steel plants in north and west parts of India to augment the country's production capacity. "We are examining the feasibility of setting up scrap-based steel plants," Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh
Posted Date :  18-02-17

Read more

Minister reviews power projects sets deadline for completion

Patna . Bihar's Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav yesterday reviewed the progress of the work of two power projects at Nabinagar in Aurangabad and Kanti in Muzaffarpur district and asked the concerned agencies to expedite the work to start generation in this year itself.   
Posted Date :  15-02-17

Read more

661 STREET LIGHTS REPLACED WITH LED IN CGARH UNDER SLNP

Chhattisgarh . A total of 661 street lights have been replaced with LED lights under Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.    A total of 1,639,265 street bulbs have been replaced with LED Lights throughout the country und
Posted Date :  07-02-17

Read more