Desperate for gas

Gas is the cleanest of fossil fuels and also more efficient and cheaper to use. Yet, in India, there has been no policy focus on this fuel, leading to a huge mess in critical sectors. Investments of Rs 35,000 crore made in the power sector will remain stranded unless projects get assured gas supplies in coming months. Similarly, funds sunk in the fertiliser sector, too, face a bleak outlook. Much of the problem stems from the sudden, controversial stoppage of supplies from Reliance Industries’ D6 fields, the largest producer of gas. Added to this is the country’ s singular inability to tie up long-term supplies from gas-rich countries. As such, hopes of turning India into a largely gas-based economy and reducing carbon intensity have been dashed, finds Latha Jishnu

Desperate for gas

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  • Outstanding article on Energy

    Outstanding article on Energy in South Asia.

    More than Electricity generation, energy conservation and saving yields immediate results. Enormous wastage occurs in Electric pump sets for irrigation because of old and aged pump sets. In many states power tariff for motors is low and in some states it is free. A scheme can be chalked out where a subsidy of Rs 15,000(out of total cost of about Rs 20,000) per motor for 5 HP can be provided to replace the old ones. Electricity is a high grade energy which finds use in lighting,industry,computers etc. Each Kwh is saved is each Kwh generated.

    National Productivity Council (NPC), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, was asked by BEE to undertake the study of energy saving potential in all 35 states / UTs. The study focused only on estimation of the total electricity consumption and saving potential in different sectors of each state / UT. The potential for savings is about 15% of the electricity consumption.

    The BEE study pertaining to SME revealed the overall saving potential of the clusters is about 72,432 TOE (Tonnes of oil equivalents) which is 27.4 per cent of the total energy consumption in SMEs.

    The Maharastra Electricity Regulatory Commission has provided for a Charge as well as a Rebate, consumers were incentivised to reduce demand through better planning and utilization of electricity, rather than by fiat. Since then the MSEDCL has a provision of LMC (Load Management Charges) in its tariff. It has been observed that rural areas has a tremendous scope in load management as the pump sets used for irrigation purpose are highly inefficient and since the tariff applicable for them is flat rate tariff the farmers have least interest in efficiency of the equipments hence there is a need of Agriculture DSM.

    In order to accelerate energy efficiency measures in agriculture sector, BEE has initiated an Agriculture Demand Side Management (Ag DSM) programme in which pump set efficiency upgradation would be carried out through Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. The objective of the program is to create appropriate framework for market based interventions in agricultural pumping sector by facilitating conducive policy environment to promote Public Private Partnership (PPP) to implement the projects.

    Under this scheme of BEE, first Pilot Ag DSM project was launched at Mangalwedha subdivision of Solapur Circle in Maharashtra. This first pilot Ag DSM project covers 3,530 agricultural pumps connected on five feeders (Bramhapuri, Nandeshwar, Borale, Bhose & Kharatwadi) in Mangalwedha & Pandharpur subdivisions. (All the five feeders are segregated agricultural feeders, feeding power to mostly agriculture pumps under the service areas)

    When about Rs 5 lakhs for solar pump is provided as subsidy(out of about Rs 6 lakhs), why not small subsidy for electric pump sets, whose saved electricity can be used in other cases. In the case of solar pumps, in dry fields(open canals) the water will be evaporated and for wet fields the quantum of water pumped may not be sufficient. Solar pumps need storage tank also. Solar pumps work for small applications only.
    Put the RENEWABLES to WORK: To get inexhaustible,pollution-free energy which cannot be misused.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com

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  • Full of facts i like this

    Full of facts i like this article

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