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June 2010
Vol. VII Issue. 2; 29 June 2010
No, half-baked measures don't help - 29 June 2010
"Today, petrol prices have been freed, but diesel continues to fall prey to half-measures. With not even the pretence of a roadmap for freeing diesel prices, a mere statement of intent about eventually making them market-determined rings hollow: more so when in the same breath it is said that government would intervene if crude prices were to spike again. So far, this has been limited to walking the tightrope on precarious fiscal rebalancing rather than a tailored systemic response. Such 'intervention' amounts to little more than ostrich-like burying our heads in sand, and wishing the problem away..."
Vol. VII Issue. 1; 22 June 2010
Combating Climate Change: Is the Answer Blowing in the Wind? - 22 June 2010
While lack of wind due to seasonal changes cannot be helped, private corporations can be encouraged to operate windmills at peak load levels, backing off thermal generation to accommodate wind power. In order to reduce its subsidy burden, the government should consider reducing tax breaks and the depreciation mechanism and improve generation based incentives.
Vol. VI Issue. 52; 15 June 2010
Managing Volatility & Growth: A New Energy Paradigm - 15 June 2010
Gas is a key energy resource of this era. New sources of gas like shale gas as well as the potential of exploitation of gas hydrates offer great potential in widening our energy sources. India has been working on understanding this sector for over 15 years but much remains to be done to realize the potential of gas hydrates and shale gas.
Vol. VI Issue. 51; 08 June 2010
Managing Volatility & Growth: A New Energy Paradigm - 08 June 2010
"If India's objective is to set up 300 GW coal based power capacity by 2030, an 85 percent PLF under this fairly modest capacity would require 1.5 GT of coal. This requires a growth in domestic coal production of about 45 MMT a year. To achieve this level of production India's logistical capacities to handle coal production have to grow by at least two and half to three times. In the past few years India's domestic coal production has been growing at about 18 MMT a year and that is the state for the last 5 years. Even if a growth of 45 MMT is achieved, the problem remains that India's coal reserves will limit the growth of coal fired generation expansion beyond 2030..." Sunjoy Joshi, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation
Vol. VI Issue. 50; 01 June 2010
Electricity Supply Management - Lessons from Kerala - 01 June 2010
"Positive intervention through tariff policies has huge potential to reduce the peak hour electricity demand on the electricity grid by measures such time-of-day tariff and penalties/incentives for peak hour usage; staggering of weekly holidays and factory working hours; encouraging feed-in- tariff solar PV panels on the roof of large establishments such as schools, colleges, offices, industries etc. Each state has to objectively consider as to which type of industries are suitable to its environs keeping in view the inescapable limits to its natural resources to feed into such industries and the carrying capacity of its natural environment..." by Shankar Sharma, Power Policy Analyst
May 2010
Vol. VI Issue. 49; 25 May 2010
Electricity Supply Management - Lessons from Kerala - 25 May 2010
"Families with measurable reduction in use of power would be given energy credit. There is also a proposal to insist on payment of actual cost of supply by those consuming more than 300 units a month and double the normal charges for excess consumption during peak hours. A hike in the taxes on energy-guzzling equipment would be considered, while reducing the same applicable to energy-efficient equipment. These are expected to bring down power consumption by 10 per cent. Local bodies would be directed to focus on achieving greater efficiency in street lighting while avoiding wastage of electricity in the form of decorative lighting..."
Vol. VI Issue. 48; 18 May 2010
Power Sector Inefficiency - Economic & Legal Implications - 18 May 2010
"The social, economic and environmental implications of the inefficiency prevailing in the electric power sector of the country are too huge not to address immediately. Unless urgent measures are taken to optimize the same the overall welfare of our society will deteriorate at a faster pace. There are techno-economically viable means such as efficiency increase, energy conservation and Demand Side Management which can provide virtual addition power capacity equivalent to 30 to 40 percent of the total installed generating capacity. The cost of such measures is generally 20 to 30 percent of the cost of green site power projects..."
Vol. VI Issue. 47; 11 May 2010
Techno-Economically Viable Alternatives to Meet Electricity Demand - 11 May 2010
"Whereas it will be impossible to satiate the ever escalating demand for electricity in our urban areas in the business as usual scenario, it is well recognized that with an efficient and responsible approach, the legitimate demand for electricity of all sections of our society can be met satisfactorily without having to add too many conventional power plants such as large size dam based, coal based or nuclear fuel based power plants. Efficiency improvement of the existing electricity infrastructure to the international best practice levels can provide us with a virtual additional capacity roughly equivalent 30-40 percent of the present available capacity..."
Vol. VI Issue. 46; 04 May 2010
Coal: A Global Commodity - 04 May 2010
"As the coal trade has gone global, so has coal pricing. In just the last decade, spot markets for coal have sprung up in Europe and Asia. Prices in those markets, though physically separated by more than ten thousand shipping miles, are often tightly correlated. As markets have connected, the flows of coal have chased the best price. In the summer of 2008, a spike in European coal prices attracted coal traditionally bound for east-coast U.S. markets. At times, a cheap cargo from Australia even travels all the way to dear markets in Europe. Coal is still not nearly as liquid and flexible as oil, but it is decisively headed in that direction. In fact, as with oil markets, trading of coal derivatives in European markets has surpassed trade of the physical commodity..."
April 2010
Vol. VI Issue. 45; 27 April 2010
Living with Coal - 27 April 2010
"Coal thus sits at the center of the most inconvenient truth about global-warming policy: the countries that proclaim greatest concern about global warming are barely investing in the new coal plants that could help chart a better path for the world. Meanwhile, the fastest-growing countries have few incentives to invest in new climate-friendly technologies. And simplistic solutions, such as banning coal outright, are politically nave because the fuel is so easy to use and offers the cheapest way to electrify most of the world..."
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