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Rajasthan Joins UDAY Scheme



Rajasthan Joins UDAY Scheme 
Rajasthan Government has conveyed its in-principle approval to Ministry of Power (MoP) for joining UDAY Scheme (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) .  On  receiving this official communication from Rajasthan Government , Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy has congratulated Hon’ble Chief Minister of Rajasthan Smt Vasundhara  Raje  on State joining UDAY.

ABOUT UDAY SCHEME:
The Scheme – UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) has been launched to improve financial and operational efficiencies of power distribution companies (DISCOMs). It envisages to reduce interest burden, cost of power and AT&C losses. Consequently, DISCOM would become sustainable to supply adequate and reliable power enabling 24x7 power supply. The scheme provides that States would take over 75% debt of Discoms, as on 30th September, 2015 in two years.
UDAY has inbuilt incentives encouraging State Governments to voluntarily restructure their debts. These incentives include taking over of DISCOM debt by the States outside the fiscal deficit limits; reduction in the cost of power through various measures such as coal linkage rationalization, liberal coal swaps, coal price rationalization, correction in coal grade slippage, allocation of coal linkages at notified prices; priority/additional funding through schemes of MoP & MNRE; and, reduction in interest burden. UDAY is different from earlier restructuring schemes in several ways including flexibility of keeping debt taken over outside fiscal deficit limit, reduction in cost of power and a series of time bound interventions for improving operational efficiency. UDAY provides for measures that will reduce the cost of power generation, which would ultimately benefit consumers. 

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Electrification of Villages 
Government of India has decided to electrify all unelectrified villages of the country by 01st May, 2018.  This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.  

There are 18452 villages left for electrification   as on 01.4.2015 in 19 States as given below:-

           
State-wise details of Un-electrified villages

Sl. No
State
Total un-electrified villages
(As on 01.04.15)
Villages electrified during 2015-16
(As on 30.11.15)
Balance un-electrified villages
(As on 30.11.15)
1
Arunachal Pr.
1578
-
1578
2
Assam
2890
170
2720
3
Bihar
2719
1497
1222
4
Chhattisgarh
1080
33
1047
5
Himachal Pr.
36
1
35
6
J & K
132
26
106
7
Jharkhand
2581
116
2465
8
Karnataka
39
-
39
9
Madhya Pr
472
126
346
10
Manipur
276
58
218
11
Meghalaya
912
1
911
12
Mizoram
58
16
42
13
Nagaland
82
-
82
14
Odisha
3450
168
3282
15
Rajasthan
495
57
438
16
Tripura
26
3
23
17
Uttar Pradesh
1528
741
787
18
Uttarakhand
76
-
76
19
West Bengal
22
8
14
TOTAL
18452
3021
15431


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Power Generation 

             The source-wise total electricity generated in the country during the current year (April, 2015 to October, 2015) is given below :

Category
Generation during 2015-16
(April, 2015 to October, 2015) (MU)
Hydro
93,739
Nuclear
21,952
Thermal
5,38,948
Total
6,54,639

As per information available in Central Electricity Authority, there is no power plant which is unable to start production because of non-availability of coal. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today

            The Minister further stated that the generation capacity of plants presently under various stages of construction is around 1,00,803 MW.  The projected dates of commissioning is progressively upto the end of  13th Plan i.e. 2021-22.


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Ensuring Availability of Coal and Gas to Power Projects 
Government of India has taken a joint initiative with respective State Governments for preparation of State Specific Documents for providing 24x7 Power for all (PFA) to all. Government of India would assist the State Governments in achieving this objective. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that the non-generation of power to its capacity is linked to the type of power station (thermal/hydro). While the thermal units are meant to be utilized continuously as base-load units, hydro units are to be utilized both as base or peak load, depending on availability of water. Further, utilization of installed capacity depends on a number of factors such as vintage of the unit, forced and planned outages, availability of water, schedule of power from beneficiary States and transmission / distribution constraints, etc.

Government has taken the following steps to ensure availability of coal and gas to power projects:

(i) Efforts have been made to increase the domestic coal production to meet the requirement of power plants. The growth in domestic coal supplied to power plants during 2014-15 was 10.4%.

(ii) Government of India has sanctioned a scheme for utilization of gas based power generation capacity for the years 2015-16 and 2016-17. The scheme envisages supply of imported spot Re-gasified liquefied natural gas (RLNG) to the stranded gas based plants as well as plants receiving domestic gas, selected through a reverse e-bidding process.

The overall AT&C losses have reduced from 26.63% in 2011-12 to 22.70% in 2013-14. 

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Streamlining of Process in Transmission Sector 
The private sector participation has been increasing ever since the guidelines for encouraging competition in development of transmission projects were introduced in 2006. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister further stated that as on 30th November 2015, 29 transmission schemes have been awarded for implementation through Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) route. Out of this, 4 transmission schemes have been commissioned. In addition to the above schemes, 10 transmission schemes have been recommended for award through TBCB route, the Minister added. 


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