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In six months, groundwater level up 7m after heavy rain

The groundwater table in Telangana rose significantly by December 2016 with the depth at which water is found nearly halved compared to the depth at which it was found in May 2016. While the average depth of groundwater availability in the state stood at 8.5 metres from the surface in December, in May 2016, water could be found only an average depth of 15.62 metres.
The state groundwater department in its latest report, said the more than 7 metre rise in the water table was because of the rainfall, which was 19% in excess of what was received last year.
With the copious rains in most parts of the state last year, the groundwater table increased considerably . This was despite the fact that the two previous years, 2015 and 2014, witnessed deficit rainfall in the state.

In Hyderabad district, the department said that the water level rose to an average depth of 6.37 metres from 10.99 metres. The department said that an analysis of groundwater levels this past December, however, indicated that the water table was more than 20 metres below the surface in 35 mandals, including six in Siddipet and four each in Nalgonda, Rangareddy and Nagar Kurnool districts.
As many as 130 mandals, including Rangareddy (12), Mahabubnagar (11), Medak (9), Vikarabad (8), Sanga Reddy (8) and Nizamabad (8), recorded water at depths ranging from 10 and 20 metres despite the heavy rains, the department said.
Urban Local Bodies to see brighter nights

The Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) or municipalities across the State are set to see brighter nights as they are in for a street-lighting facelift through replacement of conventional lamps with LEDs saving energy consumption by 50 per cent and reducing power bills substantially.

The Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA) on Wednesday facilitated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (under Ministry of Power) for switching over to LED streetlights. So far, 30 ULBs have agreed to go for LEDs while 18 more are ready to follow suit.

“Municipal bodies need not spend on replacing the conventional lamps. Operations and maintenance of the LEDs for seven years will be taken up by the EESL. They will monetise the energy saved and ULBs can expect to get the same benefit after the contract period,” explained CMDA T.K. Sreedevi, during an interaction before the ceremony.

The EESL had undertaken a pilot study in a GHMC area before taking up the demand survey in the 72-odd ULBs in the State and about 60 municipal bodies have been covered so far. The rest of the demand surveys would be completed and works would be grounded within the current financial year. In fact, Ms. Sreedevi has set the deadline of Ugadi for the project completion.

The 30 ULBs have more than two lakh streetlights consuming 81 million units of power and post the switch over to LEDs, the consumption is expected to come down to 31 million units. The EESL would be spending Rs. 98.9 crore on the work. Municipal bodies pay Rs. 69.90 crore annually for power consumption and this is expected to come down to Rs. 52.49 crore when switched over to LEDs.

The Commissioner pointed out that the power bills were a major burden for ULBs and once they are reduced with LEDs, it would be the first step towards ‘smart cities’ as it could lead to further spin offs like wi-fi spots and so on to attract investments. Once MoUs are signed, tenders would be called for and the work would get rolling as talks were also held with the power distribution companies for replacement of equipment like transformers and the likes. The EESL representatives have also offered to replace more lights than the figure obtained during the demand survey. Old equipment would be purchased and existing contract manpower of the ULBs would be utilised for the work.
Power utilities ready to meet peak energy demand

Minister for Energy G. Jagadish Reddy on Thursday said power utilities in the State were ready to meet any demand during the peak consumption period of March-May this year, when the demand from the farm sector is expected to be high.

The power utilities were expecting the demand to reach the peak around 9,500 MW during March-May, but they were all prepared to meet even higher demand, the Minister said at a review meeting held with the officials of TS-Trasnco, TS-SPDCL and TS-NPDCL. He asked the officials to ensure interruption-free power to domestic, commercial and industrial sectors and as per the given schedule to the farm sector.

Stating that the utilities were meeting a demand of about 8,300 MW now, the Minister said the peak consumption by the farm sector could push the demand to around 9,500 MW during the crucial stages of rabi cultivation. He instructed all the power utilities to take all necessary measures to meet the demand from of all types of consumers. “The field-level officials should coordinate with the local elected representatives to ensure reliable supply to the agricultural sector,” he suggested.

The Minister told all the Superintending Engineers to inspect all special maintenance centres of distribution transformers (DTRs) and maintain at least 4 per cent rolling stock to replace failed DTRs in specific time. On the pending agriculture connections, he directed the officials to clear all before May-end and in case if it was not possible, reasons should be given to the farmer concerned in advance. He also told the officials to prepare a 100-day programme, as directed by Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, for replacement of bent/broken poles, restringing of loose spans, repairing AB switches, restringing of lines in a specific height at road crossings and separate lines for streetlighting.

Chairman and Managing Director of TS-SPDCL G. Raghuma Reddy, CMD of TS-NPDCL A. Gopal Rao, Joint MD of TS-Transco C. Srinivasa Rao, Directors T. Srinivas, J. Sreenivasa Reddy and Kalaluddin Ali Khan, all the Chief General Managers, Superintending Engineers and Divisional Engineers attended the meeting.
TS utilities confident of environmental clearance to Bhadradri plant

The Telangana power utilities are confident of securing environmental clearance for the proposed 1,080 MW (4X270 MW) thermal power plant at Manuguru in Khammam district soon.

Senior officials of the utilities made an elaborate presentation on the project to the expert committee deputed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests on January 20. The confidence of the officials stems from the fact that the members of the expert panel did not seek any clarifications relating to the project and assured them that their views would be incorporated in the minutes of the meeting expected to be prepared within a week.

“This is a favourable development. We are hopeful that the indication about the clearance will come in the minutes,” a senior official told The Hindu. The project faced initial obstacles after the Union Ministry had delisted it citing use of the sub-critical technology and rejected approval as the proposed power plant went against the Government’s policy of encouraging super critical technology projects.

The State Government had subsequently addressed a letter to the Union Power Ministry claiming that the project had been launched during the XII Plan period itself while the Centre had proposed to allow (commission) super critical technology projects during the XIII Plan period, starting April 1 this year. The Union Ministry subsequently communicated its ‘no objection’ for the establishment of the coal-based thermal power plant with sub-critical technology subject to its completion by December this year.

Tariff uncertainty

Meanwhile, the uncertainty over whether the utilities would propose tariff hike for the next year continues as there was no clarity on the quantum of subsidy that would be extended by the Government. Senior officials said they were waiting for a meeting with Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao for clarity to evolve in this direction.

Officials said if the Government agreed to bridge the gap between the revenue earned and the costs incurred on account of various factors, including operational and employee costs, there was no scope for proposing hike in tariff. The Government had sanctioned huge subsidy of Rs. 4,382 crore which had been paid in 12 equal instalments over the last one year. “It all depends on the quantum of subsidy that will be extended,” the official said.
Roof top solar panels for GHMC properties

In a bid to promote solar energy and save power charges, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will intsal rooftop grid-connected power generation plants on its properties. In the first phase, 44 buildings out of the total 942 properties of the city’s civic body will get the panels. A resolution to execute the project was approved by the GHMC last year. Following this, the GHMC called for an expression of interest for the feasibility report and installation of the solar panels. Out of five bidders, two bidders, TUV South Asia Pvt Limited and M/s. The Energy and Resources Institute qualified for the execution of the project. The GHMC has estimated that a monthly amount of ₹ 52.5 lakh will be saved with the installation of solar panels on its properties.

The GHMC plans to power its buildings including head office, zonal offices, stadiums and slaughter houses with renewable energy.
383 people died of overhead electricity cables mishaps in 2015-2016. Still no sense in bringing some order to the reckless cable laying by TSSPDCL :bash:
I see another news that says 3,500 KM of roads in Hyderabad are going to be dug this year. Why not use this time to build some precast conduits and get these utilities under the ground ?!
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TS will be solar power hot spot: Ajay Mishra

Special Chief Secretary (Energy) Ajay Mishra said that the Telangana State was set to become one of the hot spots for solar energy development in the country, led by State's target of power generation capacity of 5,000 MW by 2019-20 with solar photovoltaic and coal energy.

He was addressing a conference "Solar Invest - 2017" organised by the industry bodies ASSOCHAM and FTAPCCI here on Wednesday.

Ajay Mishra said that the state has a vast solar potential with average insulation (amount of solar radiation reaching the earth surface) of nearly 5.5 kWh/m2 for 300 sunshine days. By the end of December 2016, Telangana had installed a total solar capacity of 1070 MW, with 918 MW of utility scale solar projects and 27 MW of rooftop solar projects. Projects with generation capacity of 2000 MW are in pipeline with number of solar power developers engaged in building projects.

Under Telangana Solar Power Policy 2015, which will be valid for the next five years, Telangana state government aims at creating an enabling environment for prospective solar power developers to harness substantial quantum of solar power in optimum manner. The policy provides various incentives to the developers which include a single window and speedy clearance to all solar projects, exemption from the Land Ceiling Act, deemed conversion to non-agricultural land status for the land acquired for the project, 100% refund on Value Added Tax (VAT) etc.,

Ajay Mishra mentioned that easing on various other approval processes from local revenue departments simple and hassle free as part of ease of doing business in Telangana. He also mentioned about scaling up of Roof top projects which will be financially viable. Telangana State may also look at making Telangana State an Industrial hub for manufacturing of solar equipments with an enabling policy of supply of solar power making it an Integrated Solar Park.

Telangana State Electricity Regulartory Commission chairman Ismail Ali Khan explained the need for right mix of conventional and renewable energy sources. This is required not only for good stability but also for maintaining health of DISCOMs.

Solar tariff has attend grid parity with tariff lower than Rs. 5/-, state may look at feed in tariff of average purchase cost with fixed escalation of 3-4%. This will attract lot of investment into state and thereby achieve social transformation of the state, Ismail Ali Khan said.

FTAPCCI President Ravindra Modi said that the India offers unlimited growth potential for the solar power industry as the country enjoys about 300 clear, sunny days in a year. Further, the theoretically calculated solar energy incidence on its land area alone is about 5000 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year. This is why the National Solar Mission has targeted the development of 100 GW solar capacity by 2022, which will require US$ 100 billion in investments. To achieve this, a 100 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) is permitted under the automatic route for renewable energy generation and distribution projects subject to provisions of The Electricity Act, 2003.

India, with its initiates in the field of renewable energy is trying hard to secure the future of its coming generation to fulfill its energy needs. With the support of Government and other private and public sector enterprises/companies, Solar Industry is letting itself grow in a very big manner. By 2022, India aims to power 60 million homes by the sun. It is part of the government's goal to produce 40 percent of its power from non-fossil fuels by 2030 Shri Modi said.
KCR assures adequate power supply

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has instructed the officials concerned to ensure adequate power supply to farm sector to meet the demand during the present Rabi season.

The Chief Minister wanted the officials to make arrangements to withstand the demand for 10,000 MW. On the increase in demand for the power due to the increase in cultivation of land during the Rabi season, the Chief Minister spoke to Genco, Transco CMD D Prabhakar Rao. The CMD has informed the CM that there is a demand for 8500 MWs per day and the demand may increase to 9,500 MW next month, but yet the department is ready to supply the power and meet the demand.

Responding to this, the Chief Minister said, 'We have received good rains. Due to Mission Kakatiya there is water in abundance in the Tanks. There is an increase in the ground water table to about 8 meters. Under Rabi there is a record cultivation that is taking place. Borewells are being used to the maximum extent. There is more demand for the power supply now. Earlier, the demand for power supply used to be in the range of 2500-3000 MW daily, but this Rabi season, the demand is upto 4500 MWs and it may escalate to 5000 MW by next month. The total demand may increase to 10,000 MW. Besides providing adequate water supply to the farm sector, measures to be taken to supply power without any interruption to the industry, domestic sectors in the coming summer.'
Power line to Chhattisgarh ahead of schedule

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited has finally overcome all the hurdles posed by the undulating terrain and severe monsoon in Adilabad and Nirmal districts and completed works on the 765KV double circuit line between Wardha in Maharashtra and Dichpally in Nizamabad district to facilitate supply of 1,000 MW of power from Chhattisgarh to Telangana.

The Corporation is planning to commission the transmission line latest by March-end, good four months ahead of the schedule, according to sources. The commissioning of this section of the transmission line will enable power from Chattisgarh to be connected to the TSTransco grid. “If everything goes right the power distribution network will be established soon,” observed a source in TS Northern Power Distribution Company Limited.

The power transmission lines being laid by the PGCIL basically consists of three sections, the Wardha-Dichpalli (Nizamabad) line, anchoring at Nizamabad and the Nizamabad-Hyderabad line.

The latter apparently needs some more time to be completed. The length of the transmission line between Wardha and Hyderabad is roughly 550 km consisting of some 1,500 towers each 70 metre in height. Work on Adilabad section, which extends between Anandpur village in Jainad mandal of Adilabad district and Soan, now in Nirmal district, started in May 2015.

Many hurdles

There were several difficulties faced by the PGCIL in erection of transmission towers. “For example, the towers needed to be set up in hilly terrain and the heavy rainfall of 2016 monsoon came as a big setback,” recalled a source in the PGCIL.

The Corporation had to obtain a no objection certificate from the Defence Department as the transmission line passes close to the old aerodrome where the Indian Air Force plans to establish a full fledged Air Force Station.

Further, the Power Grid had to agree to shift the 10 towers which were erected on the bed of Kadem stream at Kupti Ghat road, whenever needed.

The towers stand at a place where the government had proposed to construct a barrage across Kadem stream. These will have to be realigned in case work on the barrage starts.
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Telangana set to lead India in solar power generation by year-end

Telangana set to lead India in solar power generation by year-end

  • 2000MW generation by year end
  • Target of Solar Energy is 5000
  • Hydro Electri 6x40 240 MW was commissioned in Oct 2016 In Jurlaand Pulichintala Hydro was commissioned in Sept 2016
Cool roof policy likely soon

Another one-of-its-kind policy might come out of the State soon. The Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), Administrative Staff College of India and the Natural Resources Defense Council have come together to explore the possibility of introducing a cool roof policy.

At a talk held in this connection, David Goldstein, co-director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Energy Program, USA, suggested that the Telangana government make cool roofs mandatory for all public buildings forthwith. Delivering a lecture on ‘Cool Roofs-Technology, Policy and Implementation’, organised by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), here on Wednesday, he said Hyderabad city can lead the country by taking various proactive measures to promote cool roof systems to protect citizens from rising temperatures. He also suggested that the government could simultaneously design an incentive programme for slums and low-income residents.

Navin Mittal, Secretary, MA&UD and B. Janardhan Reddy, GHMC Commissioner said that Government of Telangana will fully support the initiative.

R H Khwaja, Director General of the ASCI and V. Srinivas Chary, Professor at ASCI also spoke on the topic.
Bhadradri thermal project work from today

Work on the 1,080 MW Bhadradri Thermal Power Station (BTPS) in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district is all set to resume from Friday with Telangana State Power Generation Corporation (TS-Genco) authorities asking the implementing agency, BHEL, to do so after getting the final clearance on Thursday.

Officials sources in TS-Genco told The Hindu that Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has forwarded the Environmental Clearance given by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) on March 15 along with its No Objection Certificate (NoC) for resuming the work on the first thermal project taken up by the Telangana Government.

The MoEF has directed the project proponent to submit six monthly reports on the status of implementation with regard to the stipulated environmental safeguards and also upload the compliance reports on its website.

Sub-critical technology

Work on the 270x4 MW thermal project was suspended in January last year following the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) which, in response to a petition filed by a non-governmental organisation alleging environmental violations, raised questions over the impact of the project on the environment as it is based on the sub-critical technology. Use of sub-critical technology in thermal power projects in the country has been permitted only up to the end of 12th Five Year Plan (2016-17) to comply with the international norms.

However, the Centre has given exemption to several ongoing projects with the sub-critical technology since their implementation is under progress but not completed so far.

“As many as 36 thermal power projects using sub-critical technology are under implementation across the country, including the 600 MW new unit of Rayalaseema Thermal Power Station (RTPS) in Andhra Pradesh,” the sources said adding that even the 600 MW unit of Kakatiya TPS at Bhupalapally in 2016 is also based on the sub-critical technology.

‘NGT hurdle’

It has been a long haul for TS-Genco to get the final clearance as it had to get the exemption from the Ministry of Power first before moving the MoEF against for getting the EC.

“But for the NGT hurdle created by some vested interests, the Bhadradri project would have been completed well within the 12th FYP ending March 31,” the sources said with the hope “to commission at least two units of the project by the end of 2018.”

Over ₹1,020 crore has been spent so far on the project which is estimated to cost over ₹7,300 crore.
Once this is commissioned and production ready, will it help to cut down buying power from other sources?
Wardha-Dichpally line completed 13 months ahead of schedule

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) announced commissioning of the much-awaited 765/400KV Wardha-Dichpally (Nizamabad) double-circuit transmission line, well ahead of its scheduled completion in May 2018.

According to Executive Director (SR-I) of PGCIL V. Sekhar, the new transmission line linking the north-west-south corridors was officially commissioned on March 30. He said the new system would facilitate import of power mainly from Chhattisgarh. The Telangana power utilities have already been granted Long-Term Access of the transmission line.

The PGCIL executive said the project was fast-tracked on the request of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and was completed in a record time fulfilling the commitment. The Corporation thanked the State government and the administration of the districts through which the transmission line traverses till Dichpally, for their cooperation. He said the Corporation has completed another major inter-regional link by commissioning 765KV Angul-Srikakulam-Vemagiri double-circuit line facilitating the import of eastern region power to southern region in January this year. With the commissioning of the two links, an inter-regional power transfer capacity of 9,000 MW has been made available to the southern region. Besides, a 400/220KV sub-station to evacuate power from the Solar Park at Nambulapula Kunta in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh was commissioned in a record period of seven months, he explained, adding that it greatly boosted the renewable energy integration into the grid.During 2017-18, the Power Grid Corporation through its subsidiary PSITSL would be implementing the transmission system beyond Vemagiri to enable power transfer to the new capital region of A.P. and further connection to Kadapa (A.P.) and Tumkur in Karnataka. The works of +/-800KV Raigarh-Pugulur HVDC Project would also be implemented to further improve inter-regional power transfer capacity of 6,000 MW for southern region, he added.
From darkness to light: How Telangana turned power surplus in just three years

From a power-deficit State in June 2014, when it came into being, Telangana has managed to tide over the crisis situation by augmenting capacity and bridging the gap with purchases. It is now gearing up to meet peak demand of up to 10,000 MW during the ensuing summer months.

From a deficit of 2,000 MW in 2014, Telangana is on course to becoming a power-surplus State like Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. This transformation would not have been possible but for enhanced generation, efficient distribution and demand side management.

When the State was formed, the total installed capacity was 6,574 MW and power shortage was at 2000 MW. In the last 33 months, the State added 4,190 MW. Significantly, by next year, 4130 MW of additional power will be available.

D Prabhakar Rao, Chairman and Managing Director of TS Transco, told BusinessLine, “This transformation would not have been possible but for the support of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, timely decisions and teamwork in the sector.”

“There will be no problem for supply during summer as we have capacity to meet demand of up to 10,000 MW. Already demand is gradually coming down from the rabi crop in the agriculture sector. The demand is likely to slip to a little over 8,000 MW,” Rao explained.

Purchase constraints
In 2014, even if the State wanted to augment power purchase, the transmission corridors were fully booked and there was no facility to procure power from power -surplus regions. Factoring the constraints, a high tension power line from Wardha in Chhattisgarh up to Maheshwaram via Dichpalli, in Telangana was proposed.

PowerGrid completed the line ahead of schedule. This enabled Telangana to procure power from any part of the country. However, it has already contracted to buy 2,000 MW from the power-surplus Chhattisgarh.

The State electricity regulator has fixed the power purchase price at ₹3.90 per unit, which includes ₹2.70 as fixed cost and ₹1.20 per unit as variable cost. This price works out cheaper than the average cost of supply of power in the State at ₹4.51 a unit in 2016-17 and projected cost of ₹4.45 per unit in 2017-18.

During 2013-14, in the unified State of Andhra Pradesh, industrial consumers faced power holidays of up to three days in a week and no supply during peak hours. Domestic consumers faced up to six hours of power cuts and the farm sector had erratic supplies as against promise of seven hours per day.

Since the State’s formation, there is no power cut on any section of consumers. The industry gets round-the-clock supply and the agriculture sector too gets nine hours of power in two spells. The latter is aided by the addition of solar power capacity. Efforts are on to double the generation capacity of solar power, from about 1800 MW now. Telangana is projected to have installed capacity of about 3,800 MW of solar power by June 2018 as PPAs have already been inked with the developers.

Open access
In the last couple of years, the demand side issues too have changed. These have enabled the State utilities meet the energy requirement. The open access offered to industrial consumers enabled them to purchase power from other merchant power sources and from the spot exchanges. The cost of power procured too is lower than what the State now offers for industries. As against ₹5 a unit and above, the spot exchange supply sometimes works out to as low as ₹3 a unit.

Devendra Surana, FICCI Chairman in Telangana, said, “The power sector has improved dramatically in the State due to changes brought about by the Centre and good management by the State. In addition, while the open access offers a channel for industries, the State needs to look at the cross subsidy part.”

As per the perspective plan, in the next three years, the State expects the capacity to be about 16,306 MW. The additional capacity will come from 800 MW at KTPS, 1080 MW at Bhadradri, 4000 MW from NTPC, 800 MW more from Singareni Collieries, 4000 MW from Yadadri, 800 MW from central generating stations and 1000-2000 MW from Chhattisgarh. In addition, the State expects to add about 3800 MW from solar power and 90 MW from hydel power, all seeking to ensure that the demand-supply gap is well addressed and State becomes surplus.
This is all due to good leadership and timely decisions...
This is showing that we have potential to solve problems ..
Hope similar things happen to irrigation, education, roads and transportation sectors.

Nuclear fuel unit creates world record

Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC) here has set a world record in the production of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) fuel bundles.
NFC, which is the industrial arm of the Department of Atomic Energy, provides fuel to all operating nuclear power reactors in the country.
During the year 2016-17, NFC achieved a record production of 1,512 metric tonnes of PHWR fuel bundles. NFC has also achieved the highest production of 1,154 MT of Zirconium oxide power and 759 MT of Zirconium Sponge from its production units at Hyderabad and Zirconium Complex (ZC), Pazhayakayal in Tamil Nadu, to meet the Zircaloy requirements of the PHWRs and Boiler Water Reactors (BWRs).

A function was organised to celebrate the occasion at NFC on Thursday. G Kalyanakrishnan, chairman & chief executive, NFC, congratulated all the employees for the achievement.
NFC has the technology to manufacture seamless tubes and meets the critical requirements of the departments of atomic energy, space and defence. This includes meeting requirements of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), battle tanks, missiles, supercritical boilers and the BrahMos.

NFC will also expand its facilities to meet the future requirement of a total of 20 PHWRs of 700 MW, which are proposed to be established in a phased manner across the country.

NFC-Kota with '2,400 crore is being established for augmenting the existing facilities at Hyderabad campus and Zirconium Complex, Pazhayakayal, in Tamil Nadu.
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