Gas-based power plants plants are in doldrums over the last six years due to dwindling domestic gas production and the cost of gas shooting up in the global markets. However, moderation in global gas prices in the recent months is raising hopes of revival of these gas-based power plants. LNG imports may come to the rescue of stranded gas-based power plants.
Initiatives like ´Power for All´ and Smart Cities programme are expected to change the way power is transmitted, distributed and used in the years to come. However, there is one critical aspect of power supply that is failing to catch the attention - ´Power Quality´ (PQ). Power Quality is a neglected subject, despite its potential to boost industry and economy.
The cover story ´Right of way for Monopoles´, looks at this emerging technology in the transmission segment: Monopoles. We speak to the industry leaders undertaking such projects for their take on how the market has emerged, growth trends and the prospects they see for the segment in the future, in India.
Coal plays a critical role in providing affordable power to teeming millions. However, adoption of supercritical technologies will add to its own sustainability. Our report on Power Finance finds that banks are riddled with colossal piles of bad debts, the major chunk of which comes from the power sector.
Even as the country is suffering from low per capita power consumption, facing idle capacities of 25,000 MW is the paradox that is puzzling experts. We look at the reasons and remedies for the surplus scenario. Our Power Point column gives an incisive analysis on Energy Demand in the leading demand creators in Asia - India and China.
Our cover story ´Illuminating Villages´ looks at rural electrification programmes, which have proved big, expensive, geographically and institutionally complex in India, but are giving large benefits to those who really need it, as the experience shows.
The Smart Cities Mission that the Centre embarked upon is set to change the face of cities in the country. But this is a humongous task calling for a 3600 vision and effort. Our renew cover looks at the challenges faced evacuation of renewable energy, where smart grids may be the way out.
We tried to focus the preparations for the Paris Summit that lead the path to clinching the most elusive agreement, India setting one of the stiffest and the most ambitious targets in terms of limiting GHGs and the lead taken by PM Narendra Modi in providing the thought leadership for the world community.
Ushering in a new ¨Dawn¨ the Centre has proposed a scheme called ´UDAY´ to tackle the debilitating problems of discoms. Announced in Nov 2015 to overhaul the operations of discoms though a slew of carrots and sticks has evoked hopes that the scheme could usher in a new dawn for the Indian power sector, which has been saddled with numerous problems.
Cover Story ´Radioactive Lure´, looked at how while ambitions have been dampened after the Fukushima incident, many remain optimistic about growth of nuclear power in India. Disastrous ´maybes´ aside, POWER TODAY takes a look at the current status of these plans and proposals, as India clears a path into the ranks of nuclear countries.
Cover Story ´Gas or Reality´: After two decades of Chequered legacy, gas-based power plants are yet to make a mark. Feedstock being the major problem, the government has recently chalked out a mechanism to subsidise import of RLNG to put the idle plants back into operation, but, experts say that it is only a short term remedy.
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