NTPC warns Jharkhand over dues
NTPC has warned the Jharkhand government that power supply to the state would be discontinued effective July 1 for non-payment of dues. Bihar could also face a similar threat. Neither of the states has shown any inclination to pay up nor sign a tripartite agreement.
New policy on electricity tariffs
The Power Ministry will prepare a new policy on power tariff in less than three months. Views of an independent body have been sought to ensure that there is something for every one in it. This policy will form the basis for fixing tariffs in different states. In addition, Power Minister Suresh Prabhu is keen on using new technology in the distribution sector to make power plants commercially viable.
Gas supply for power project
Rajasthan State Power Corporation has signed a gas supply agreement with GAIL Ltd for supply of gas for the 140-mw Mathania integrated solar combined cycle power project in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. RSPC has also invited proposals for shortlisting of the prospective participants for the EPC and O&M contracts for the project.
Lignite based power in Rajasthan
Neyveli Lignite Corporation has signed a MoU with the Union Ministry Coal & Mines and the Rajasthan government for setting up a lignite based thermal power plant at Barsingsar in Bikaner district of Rajasthan. The company will undertake mining of lignite and set up a 2x125 mw power station at an estimated cost of Rs 1,700 crore (Rs 550 crore for mining). The first unit is to be commissioned within 44 months. Land is being acquired for the project.
Wind power in Karnataka
The Karnataka government will set up windmills on the Bababudangiri hills to generate wind power for the region. The state Forest Department has given the go-ahead provided the region's hydrology is maintained. A team of technical experts will visit the site to study the project.