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India Ratifies Paris Agreement on Climate Change

India ratified the Paris Agreement on the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi ( Mahatma Gandhi, revered as the Father of the Nation by Indians),  who was born Oct. 2, 1869.

“Today the government of India has demonstrated global leadership and vision by joining the Paris agreement on climate change,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon tweeted.  “This historic step will further India’s sustainable path to growth and development.”

Climate Change

Currently sixty-two countries have joined, representing 52 percent of global emissions, according to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, reports the Washington Post.

Ajay Mathur, director general of the Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, said that the government plans to achieve its climate goals in three ways:

  • Launch a market next year to balance supply and consumption of electricity
  • Institute a program to increase the efficiency of the agriculture sector
  • Spur more efficient technologies in air conditioning, since cooling accounts for half of the growth in new electricity demand

October 3, 2016   No Comments

India Forecasts Energy Surplus! For Now

According to  the Load Generation Balance Report 2016-17 released by the Central Electricity Authority of the Ministry of Power (Energy)  in India:

  • The country may have 1.1 percent excess electricity supplies in the year ending March 2017.  (The India expert notes this is largely due to elimination of down time and losses; India’ growing economy will soon consume this surplus)
  • A 2.6 percent surplus for the period is forecast for peak periods, when daily demand is highest
  • India’s power deficit reduced to below 1 percent in May, 2016

“The overall surplus estimation, while skewed due to the position in Western region, demonstrates the progress India has made in resolving fuel and power generation issues,” said Sambitosh Mohapatra, a partner at PwC India. “As the economy grows, state utilities’ finances improve, and rural electrification progresses, the surplus will get absorbed.”

Power Poles

Bloomberg reports: “Though supplies may surpass demand at a national level several parts of the country may continue to face shortages, according to the Central Electricity Authority. Part of the reason is that money-losing state distributors curtail power purchases and resort to blackouts. A plan to restructure their debt and make them profitable is underway.”

July 11, 2016   No Comments

Wartsila to Supply Smart Power Generation Plant in India

Finland’s  Wartsila will supply a 70 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd., (APGCL) a state-owned utility in north-eastern India. The order includes seven Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas. The power plant, delivered on a turn-key basis, is expected to be operational by March 2018.

The company said its engines can run at partial load while maintaining high efficiency, a feat not possible with the existing gas turbines reports Power Engineering.

“By absorbing the variations in the gas supply, Wartsila engines enable APGCL to produce more efficient power from the same amount of fuel without affecting the heat rate,” according to the company.


Power Plant in Assam, India

Power Plant in Assam, India

The project is financed by the Asian Development Bank as part of an investment programme for the energy infrastructure in the state of Assam. “This project will further strengthen Wartsila’s position in the utility power market in India that is looking for gas-based solutions,” says Partha Paul, Business Development Manager at the company.

May 22, 2016   No Comments

ABB to Double Workforce at Chennai Center, India

ABB the multinational corporation dealing in power and automation and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, said it will double its workforce to 1,200 at its global engineering and operations center in Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, as well as open a new facility on the outskirts of Bangalore. “This expansion reaffirms ABB’s commitment to India as a key growth market and an important resource base,” ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said.

Ulrich Spiesshofer Photo ABB

Ulrich Spiesshofer Photo ABB

The center in Chennai houses professional engineering resources under one roof, serving ABB units across the world and is among the largest industrial and commercial centers in India. The move will increase the number of ABB employees in India to close to 10,000.

At the new facility in Nelamangala, Bangalore, the company’s Power Protection Product Group will work on two modular Uninterruptible Power Supplies assembly lines.

In 2014, ABB India employed about 9,000 people, and generated revenues of more than $1.3 billion. It invests  $100 million per year India . Managing Director for India , Bazmi R. Husain said that 70% of company’s workforce in India are engineers and it will continue to invest here in coming years, reports Business Standard.

December 3, 2015   No Comments

India Tests Honeywell System to Improve Electric Grid Reliability

Honeywell and Tata Power –  Delhi Distribution announced that they have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India, reported CNN Money.

ADR gives the grid operator a new, domestic resource to help reduce stress on transmission and distribution lines, and improve supply efficiency by managing the power during peak consumption hours, and at other grid emergency times. Temporary reductions in energy use are effected when demand threatens to outpace supply and this prevents brownouts and blackouts.

With nearly 50 percent of the country’s peak load tied to commercial and industrial sites, the ability to adjust related energy use is critical. Grid operators like Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. can use ADR to help reduce peak load in a facility 15 percent on average, creating a “virtual power plant” that generates “negawatts” or reduced demand.

“This is a significant initiative — one that supports our mission to build a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly electrical grid,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. “We are committed to making this deployment a success, and finding new opportunities to extend ADR to other customers, thus playing a role in helping to meet Delhi’s energy needs. We believe our steps in this direction will also encourage other Indian utilities to adopt smart grid technology for efficient operations.”

June 3, 2015   No Comments