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Import of power made easy

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It has now been decided to allow import of power without the need for authorisation. File photo.
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It has now been decided to allow import of power without the need for authorisation. File photo.

In a significant move, the Centre has decided to free the import of electricity.

It has now been decided to allow import of power without the need for authorisation.

The move to “free’’ import of electricity was announced through a notification by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry here on Friday evening.

The “freeing of import’’ is done through an amendment in the import policy of electrical energy.

The move comes even as the country is facing severe power shortage.

“Import of electrical energy will not require authorisation,” Director General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification. It said that the “import policy of electrical energy is revised from ‘restricted’ to ‘free’.”

Gross generation

PTI adds:

The gross electricity generation in the country from various conventional energy sources during April 2012-January 2013 is 7,62,668 million units as against the target of 7,71,866 million units.

This generation is mainly from thermal, hydro and nuclear sources and import of hydro power from Bhutan during 2012-13.

Nuclear power registered a generation of 27,450 million units as compared to the target of 35,200 million units.

The hydro power generation during the period was 99,071 million units as against the target of 1,22,045 million units.

India imported 4,710 million units of hydro power from Bhutan against the target of 5,480 million units.

The article has been corrected for a typographical error.

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This is at best a stop gap measure-- a band aid to close a gaping wound. How much energy can India's neighbors provide as the country heads towards a major crisis in generating capacity? The country will have a shortfall of 20 giga watts or more by 2020. This calls for a major commitment to power generation, especially taking advantage of advances in solar and wind power generation.
Gujarat has shown the way by installing solar panels on canals. This can extended to hydro reservoirs so stored water is used for power generation only when sunlight is not available. During daytime solar can supply the power.

This will make the stored water also last longer. A major commitment has to be made to non-conventional energy sources. The technology is there and is getting better. What are needed are political vision and will of the kind that gave us the Green Revolution and the Milk Revolution. We need a similar energy revolution now.

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Jul 7, 2013 at 09:13 IST

all the Power stations must be ordered to increase PLF. induct Experts/ NTPC? PVT in management. Privatize d management of
inefficient power houses.

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 23:43 IST

This is all OK....but my question was who is going to supply the power,
seriously? I know that we have a net deficit going from year to year.
To the best of my knowledge, Pakistan is doing much worse than India.
As a matter of fact India has floated an idea of exporting power to
Pakistan. I reckon that even if India wants to maintain (not growth!)
its present trajectory it need to generate more power. It has the
capacity to expand but lacks political will. Sad to see that no effort
is being pursued in that direction.

from:  Raman
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 21:26 IST

A good gesture by the Government to allow free import of Power.
Industries and state governments who need the energy will be happy.

from:  R.S.Prabhu
Posted on: Jul 6, 2013 at 05:52 IST

First of all utilize generating power fruitfully. strict vigilance on
power theft.

from:  kamalakannan
Posted on: Jul 5, 2013 at 22:59 IST
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