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Electricity generation grew at 8.1 per cent as against a growth of 1.3 per cent in February 2019. Mining sector output grew by 10 per cent compared to a growth of 2.2 per cent earlier. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Industrial production grows 4.5 % in February

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 06:09 PM IST
According to National Statistical Office (NSO) data, manufacturing sector output rose by 3.2 per cent compared to contraction of 0.3 per cent in the same month a year ago.
Smart meters could help improve detection of theft (a necessary but not sufficient condition for viable discoms), but they can’t accurately pinpoint all forms of theft alone(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)
Smart meters could help improve detection of theft (a necessary but not sufficient condition for viable discoms), but they can’t accurately pinpoint all forms of theft alone(Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Can smart meters solve India’s electricity problem? | Opinion

By Rahul Tongia
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2020 10:19 PM IST
They are a valuable tool for improved discoms. But they can’t solve what are fundamentally governance failures
Schoolchildren hold placards as they participate in a protest against the inaction to curb global warming and climate change, Connaught Place, New Delhi, March 15, 2019(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Schoolchildren hold placards as they participate in a protest against the inaction to curb global warming and climate change, Connaught Place, New Delhi, March 15, 2019(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Indian states and cities don’t have adequate funds to tackle climate crisis

Hindustan Times | By KumKum Dasgupta
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 01:45 PM IST
Cities in India are the largest consumers of resources, including energy and water. They are also large generators of waste. As climate change impacts are now more pronounced through increased droughts and floods, cities are now facing a visible brunt of it. Moving to renewable sources of electricity reduces their reliance on fossil fuels — is something now that is now well-embedded in the Indian electricity sector.
Delhi residents pay the lowest power bills among all metropolitan cities in India, finance minister Manish Sisodia said in his budget speech on Tuesday.(ANI)
Delhi residents pay the lowest power bills among all metropolitan cities in India, finance minister Manish Sisodia said in his budget speech on Tuesday.(ANI)

Power sector gets Rs 150 crore in Delhi budget, share of renewables up

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2019 02:16 AM IST
Electricity bill for consumers consuming power of up to 400 units came down by half when compared to April 2015. For the past four years, 90% of households in Delhi are getting the benefit of subsidies in electricity rates.
India is considering a proposal to combine two state-run lenders to utilities, REC Ltd. and Power Finance Corp.(HT file photo for representation)
India is considering a proposal to combine two state-run lenders to utilities, REC Ltd. and Power Finance Corp.(HT file photo for representation)

India considers merging two-state owned power lenders to bridge budget gap

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2018 01:10 PM IST
The first phase of the deal will see REC acquiring a majority stake valued at about $2.5 billion in Power Finance, possibly by the year ending March 2019.

UP gears up to apply blockchain technology to power sector

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2018 01:30 PM IST
The famous blockchain technology, currently largely used in the transactions of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoins, may soon find its application in the electricity sector too with Uttar Pradesh considering giving the new technology a try.
A coal yard in front of a power plant in Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.(Getty Images)
A coal yard in front of a power plant in Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.(Getty Images)

Consumers upfront in tale of two reforms in Andhra Pradesh

By Ashwini K Swain
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 10:24 AM IST
Chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, after his first failed attempt during 1999-2004, pledges to keep tariffs unchanged for all consumer categories now.
The cooling towers of Mejia Thermal Power Station in Bankura, West Bengal. CPI (M)’s embrace of economic reforms had brought rewards in the state’s electricity sector.(Shutterstock)
The cooling towers of Mejia Thermal Power Station in Bankura, West Bengal. CPI (M)’s embrace of economic reforms had brought rewards in the state’s electricity sector.(Shutterstock)

Taking two steps forward, one step back

By Elizabeth Chatterjee
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2018 09:05 AM IST
West Bengal’s journey shows that the temptation for political interference in the day-to-day operation of power utilities is ever present.
The electricity sector risks acting as a drag on the economy as its poor finances reverberate through the banking sector in the form of non-performing assets.(HT File Photo)
The electricity sector risks acting as a drag on the economy as its poor finances reverberate through the banking sector in the form of non-performing assets.(HT File Photo)

Reform in electricity sector is all about getting the politics right

By Navroz K Dubash, Sunila Kale and Ranjit Bharvirkar
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 07:51 AM IST
Electricity is invariably political in India. Far from de­politicising the sector, reform will require deeper, but careful engagement with politics.
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