Power Ministers Conference to Focus on Rural Electricity

Two Day Conference at Kochi will be chaired by Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal and deliberate on issues such as Power to All Gram Jyoti Yojna among others
Power Ministers Conference to Focus on Rural Electricity

Union Power Ministry is organising a two day conference at Koch, Kerala to discuss power sector reforms. The conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States and Union Territories will be held on November 6-7 and will be inaugurated by Union Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.

The Ministers are expected to discuss a host of issues pertaining to the sector. The meeting is significant as it comes ahead of the winter session of Parliament, where the proposed amendments Electricity Act will be taken up. The conference will discuss apart from sector reforms issues related to power generation , distribution and transmission, Coal production and supply , promotion of renewable energy and energy conservation.

According to the statement issued by the Power Ministry, the agenda of two days of deliberations include preparation and implementation of state specific documents of 24×7 Power of All, Electrification of remaining un-electrified villages in mission mode, Expeditious implementation of Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyothi Yojana (DDUGJY).

Further, implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), Strategies for AT&C loss reduction, Smart Grid, Financial health of discoms, Advance transmission planning, Right of Way (RoW) issues in transmission projects, Green Energy Corridor I & II. In the Thermal sector will also be discussed. Discussions will be held on support of state governments for thermal projects in: land acquisition, ensuing congenial law & order situation, coal swapping-methodology and benefits, coal linkage policy and third party sampling of coal. Discussions will also be held on how to expedite the completion of 36 ongoing Hydropower Projects and to resolve issues related to eleven stranded or stalled projects and formulation of transparent and progressive Hydropower policy and resettlement & rehabilitation policy.

In the field of Energy conservation, there will be review on the progress of implementation of Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and Street Light National Programme (SLNP). Another topic of discussion would be promoting the use of Energy Efficient Agricultural Pump sets, Appliances and Energy Efficiency in industrial units through demand side management. In the area of Renewable Energy, State wise review will be taken on the progress of fixing of Renewable Purchase Obligations ( RPOs), evacuation and transmission infrastructure to match the target of 1,75,000 MW by 2022 and achievement thereof, progress of solar parks, solar pumps and projects on canal tops and banks sanctioned to states, exploring the feasibility of sanctioning 25 more solar parks to the states, identification of solar zones in states and rooftop SPV projects especially in regard to government buildings, educational and health institutions, expediting development of wind power projects and waiving of the intra-state transmission losses and charges for wind power projects.

The outstanding dues of state electricity boards, discoms to power sector PSUs and Coal India Limited will also be a topic of discussion in the conference to be attended by among others Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States and Union Territories , the Secretaries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Ministries and heads of Discoms and Central Public Sector undertakings of Power sector.

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