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National electricity plan to be ready by September 2016
A national electricity plan, which provides a road map for the power sector for the next five years, will be ready by next month, Central Electricity Authority (CEA) Chairman S.D. Dubey said on Monday.
He was speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of a conference on ‘Smart-reliable-sustainable power’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.
The national electricity plan, drafted once every five years, would indicate the requirements and the likely scenario for the next five years in terms of power transmission, distribution and generation. It would also include requirement of manpower and funds. The plan would provide a break-up of the projected growth in different forms of power such as thermal, hydel, nuclear, solar and wind energy.
He said an “electrical power survey,” which would forecast the power requirements of different States for the next five years, was also being prepared to help provide crucial inputs to the national electricity plan.
Mr. Dubey observed that the increase in the generation of renewable energy, particularly in the southern States, called for efficient management of the power grid as most part of the green energy was being generated during off-peak hours when the demand for power was less.
Flash-charging electric bus
India might follow Geneva’s example of operating eco-friendly electric buses with flash-charging facility.
These buses can be charged automatically within 15 seconds when it arrives at a bus-stop, said ABB India Ltd Managing Director Sanjeev Sharma, whose company has joined hands with TOSA (Trolleybus Optimisation Systeme Alimentation) to provide the flash charging facility. The charging is done through a structure on the bus-top which automatically connects to the power point on the roof of the bus stop.
He said Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had agreed to his request for operating the buses on a pilot basis. When and where the project would be taken up was yet to be decided.
Electrical power survey also being prepared to help provide crucial inputs to the national electricity plan