This issue analysed the causes that led to the coal shortage and what the government´s response to that has been and which remedies can be explored. In addition, the IT in Power section covered the Perform Achieve and Trade scheme being implemented by BEE. The Renew section brought out the need to encourage solar manufacturing, which may displace $15 billion fossil fuel imports annually by 2030.
We took a look at the whole distribution franchise model, which was once considered to be the power sector´s magic mantra, but now seems to have crumbled. You will find a few interesting takes from the article, as a source in the know came up with the inside story on what actually went wrong. Meanwhile, despite being endowed with rich hydro-power potential, India has been unable to tap its to the fullest.
M&A activities in the power sector is not new. The cover story, ´The Rs 4.5 lakh crore Power Push´, covered the biggest acquisition deals of the power sector during the year. The Balance of Plant feature covered how a number of gaps in execution of BoP jobs are hampering the power sector.
This issue had a compre-¡hensive take on the requirement of Rs 1.5 lakh crore electrical equipment for pending projects, which are likely to see the light of the day and on-going projects in India. The story also reveals the exact amount of requirement, considering the size of the power project. The spotlight section mentioned how Essel Utilities and Distribution have been bucking the trend in distribution reform.
The New Year saw us focus on how CIL´s monopoly in the coal business, which the government has no intention to break with competition in place, and coal mine cancellation, has hampered India´s coal production. The story also suggested that focused and serious miners who can produce equivalent to India´s coal behemoth, would be in restricting the import element.
In this issue, we did a preview of how the budget can fire India´s power sector. The power industry, especially, the private sector which has the lion´s share, shared their expectations with us on various issues such as tax, T&D, finance, customs and exercise, etc.
For the first time, we got an exclusive interaction with Devendra Fadnavis, CM, Maharashtra. Meanwhile, with a 28 crore strong populations living in the dark, our cover story highlighted how Decentralised Renewable Energy can change the socio-economic lifestyle of a farmer who wants to grow crops and provide livelihood to his family, an entrepreneur who wants to earn profits, a student who wants to appear for exams etc.
The cover story focused on how government-led reforms´be it State or Central´have never seen parallel traction, especially when it comes to physical and financial implementation. In this issue, Tarun Kapoor, JS, MNRE, Government of India, hints on why Concentrated Solar Power projects is not a success story in India.
The story ´Subsidy leakage: Swipe It Away!´ brings out the overall tendency of State Electricity Boards when it comes to reform. Be it wrongful inclusion or exclusion, the existing subsidy mechanism often encourages utilities to shy away from billing accuracy in certain case. The feature BTG grabs the attention of readers as the headline suggests: 12 GW of Orders Up for Grabs.
The issue covers the transmission sector, which is in a static mode, these days. With Rs 33,900 cr projects still under bidding stage, not much headway has been made in this sector. The issue also covered Arup Roy Choudhury, CMD, NTPC, and his views on green energy norms.
LED is a strong buzzword these days. The story: LED There Be Light! brings out the enormous opportunities for private LED manufacturers via 269 municipal corporations of India, as they will be converting 33.65 lakh streetlights into LED. Our Renew section covers how states were shying away from their prime responsibility or Renewable Purchase Obligation. However, the recent Supreme Court order will give much needed impetus to the renewable sector.