India Energy Congress 2012
Minister of State for Power, Shri K.C. Venugopal has called for finding ways and means to address the issues concerning power distribution sector and contain its mounting financial losses. He was addressing the session on Emerging Opportunities and Challenges in Power Distribution at the India Energy Congress, 2012 in New Delhi today. The Minister underlined the need for reducing high level of Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses. He said the Government first launched the APDRP and later a Restructured-APDRP scheme in 2008 with a focus on actual, demonstrable performance in terms of sustained loss reduction. Shri Venugopal added that the need of the hour is to create a base line data for different types of customers and segregation of agricultural & rural connections with the help of information technology.
India has offered help to Mauritius in developing its renewable energy sector. The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, during his recent visit to Mauritius called on the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam, and had bilateral meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy, Dr. Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, and other Ministers of Mauritius. Dr. Abdullah offered assistance to the island nation in tapping its renewable energy resources including wind, solar and geo-thermal.
Coal India Ltd., out of the 271 underground mines, 227 mines are at various stage of modernization and adoption of modern technology. Remaining mines which are not yet mechanized are in the process of mechanization.
Secretary, Power Shri P. Uma Shankar has said that energy conservation and energy efficiency are parts of the Government’s strategy to meet growing need of power. He was inaugurating the National Conference on Demand Side Management (DSM) in New Delhi today. He said the schemes such as Bachat Lamp Yojana (BLY) and Standards and Labelling of electrical gadgets have helped in energy saving. He said that there is a large scope for energy saving in the industrial sector, agriculture, municipal street lighting and pumping. He called upon the power utilities and regulators to work out strategies to save power. Union Minister of Power, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde has called for strengthening research and development in power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. He was addressing the delegates of the India Energy Congress 2012 in New Delhi today. Shri Shinde said that while the country has made remarkable progress in the power sector during the 11th Plan, a lot more still has to be done. He said that during the 11th Plan period the country has added about two-and-a-half times of the capacity that was added during the 10th Plan period. He said that 80,000 MW capacity is under construction for the 12th Plan.