CPCB Seeks Nominations for Ash Disposal Auditors for Coal Power Plants

CPCB is seeking nominations from experts affiliated with Institutes of National Importance (IITs, IISc, NITs), CSIR institutes and other central and state institutions focused on science, technology, research, and environment. Interested experts must submit nominations through their respective institution’s Director or Head by May 29, 2024.

Clarification Issued on Biomass Co-firing Policy for Power Plants

The MoP clarifies that for plants established through competitive bidding the cost of biomass pellets can be directly passed through in the Energy Charge Rate (ECR). This eliminates the need to rely on “Change in Law” clauses and their associated thresholds.

Measures Ensure Adequate Power Supply In The Summer

To cater to the projected peak demand of 235-240 GW during May and June, the government has taken further actions to ensure smooth power supply. These measures include boost in gas power, hydropower optimization, thermal plant efficiency and increase in wind power.

MoP Advises GENCOs On Timely Import Of Coal For Maximizing Production In Coal Mines

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has extended its prior advisory on blending of imported coal at 6% by weight from March 2024 to June 2024. GENCOs must ensure that their imported coal contracts continue coal supplies till June 2024. They are also encouraged to continuously monitor their coal stock positions and opt for blending in accordance with their requirements.

Government Amends Ash Utilization Notification to Promote Eco-Friendly Practices

The Central Government is promoting the eco-friendly use of ash, especially in ash-based products manufactured by micro and small enterprises. These amendments seek to foster sustainable practices and utilize industrial by-products for constructive purposes. The move aims to strike a balance between environmental conservation and supporting small businesses engaged in ash-based product manufacturing.

CEA Unveils Phasing Plan for Flexible Operation of Coal-based Thermal Generating Units

This phased approach aims to enhance the flexibility and efficiency of coal-based thermal generating units, contributing to a more sustainable and resilient power infrastructure in India. The detailed plan provides a roadmap for utilities to systematically upgrade their facilities over the coming years, ensuring the smooth integration of flexible operational capabilities.

Efficiency Gains & Upgradation Initiatives in Power Sector

The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy has underscored the importance of annual maintenance and periodic upkeep in ensuring the seamless operation of power plants, including thermal and hydro facilities. The Minister highlighted the continuous efforts in Renovation & Modernisation (R&M) and Upgradation as a cost-effective means of optimizing energy resources through efficiency improvements, better availability, and capacity augmentation.

Biomass Price Benchmarking to Boost Sustainable Energy

Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) operating in the respective regions are strongly advised to adhere to the benchmark prices for biomass pellets. The Ministry of Power emphasizes the importance of compliance to accelerate capacity addition in pellet manufacturing and ensure a stable and sustainable biomass supply chain.

J&K and Ladakh Issue Regulations for Power Procurement and Planning

The introduction of these regulations aim at achieving a sustainable, transparent, and resilient power procurement framework in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The guidelines are expected to streamline processes, enhance energy security, and encourage the integration of renewable energy sources into the power mix.

GENCOs encouraged to Participate in CIRP of Stressed Power Assets

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued an advisory encouraging all States/ Generation Companies (GENCOs) to participate in the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) for taking over stressed thermal power assets. State-owned GENCOs are advised to acquire stressed power assets through IBC under the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) route and contribute to the overall generation capacity of the nation.