Monthly Archives: December 2013

Power Finance Corporation shortlists 17 bidders for two UMPPs

NEW DELHI: Power Finance Corporation that invited bids for two ultra mega power projects (UMPP) short listed all nine applicants for Odisha and eight for Cheyyur after VK Shunglu chaired apex evaluation committees evaluated applications for pre-qualification round. For Odisha UMPP, NTPC, Tata Power, NHPC, Adani Power, JSW Energy, Jindal Power, Sterlite Infraventures, CLP India and Larsen & Toubro had submitted their applications in response to the request for qualification. For Cheyyur UMPP, eight companies namely Adani Power, CLP India, GMR Energy, Jindal Power, JSW Energy, L&T, NTPC and Sterlite Infraventures had submitted their applications.

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PFC shortlists all bidders for 2 UMPPs

List of bidders includes NTPC Ltd, Tata Power, NHPC, Adani Power, JSW Energy and Jindal Power, among others

Power Finance Corporation (PFC), the power ministry’s arm managing the bidding for ultra mega power projects (UMPPs), on Monday said it had shortlisted all the 17 initial bidders for two such projects of 4,000-Megawatt each, to come up in Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

“Based on evaluation, all the nine applicants for the Odisha UMPP and eight applicants for the Cheyyur UMPP which have applied for requests for qualification (RFQs) have been shortlisted for issuance of requests for proposal,” PFC said.

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14 December, 2013. CHENNAI

Experts Suggest Clean Ways out of TN’s Electricity Shortage

It is possible for Tamil Nadu to overcome the current electricity crisis in the near term without relying on controversial large centralised projects, said experts who addressed students at a seminar organised by Loyola Enviro Club, the Indian Institute of Public Policy and the Chennai Solidarity Group. The seminar titled “Coal-free, Nuclear Free: Tamil Nadu’s Electricity Future Beyond 2050” emphasised that efficiency improvements, through reduction of losses during production, distribution and consumption, combined with rationalised and equitable electricity usage and renewable energy technologies can easily overcome the existing crisis and provide for the state’s future needs as well.

 Kalpana Dulipsingh, consultant with World Resources Institute’s Tamilnadu Electricity Governance Initiative, spoke on the status and challenges of Tamil Nadu’s electricity sector. Shankar Sharma, an electricity policy consultant who has worked with Central Electricity Authority, talked about how more electricity can be made available just by improving production, distribution and consumption efficiciencies. Toine van Megen of Auroville Consulting spoke via Skype on the opportunities for Tamil Nadu in distributed generation through grid-connected rooftop solar PV systems and solar villages connected to bidirectional (import – export) rural grid feeders.

 As the ongoing protests in Koodankulam and around the Cheyyur 4000 MW coal-fired power plant have shown, large-scale, centralised thermal plants are unpopular and can be set up only by suppressing democracy. Tamil Nadu is banking on at least some of the 17 coastal coal-fired power projects taking off in the near future. However, this seems unlikely as such projects are beset with cost and time overruns. Each of the 17 projects are mired in local opposition, legal hassles and investment problems, and there is yet no evidence that TamiL Nadu has gained any electricity from the Koodankulam plant.

 Efficiency improvements and renewable technologies are not controversial, and often far quicker to deploy and cheaper than large centralised projects.

 The current initiative is aimed at developing a roadmap for Tamil Nadu Government to use to address its near-term and long-term electricity needs. The organisers said that the roadmap is part of a larger campaign where the campaigners’ energies will be spent on pushing for the right solutions rather than merely fighting against the problems like coal and nuclear plants.

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 Indian Institute for Public Policy, Chennai

Chennai Solidarity Group, Chennai