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MNRE provides grants of Rs.1,10,000 per pico hydel power project

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has sanctioned Central Financial Assistance at the rate of Rs. 1,10,000 per project and 50 Pico hydro electric plants in Kerala during the year 2012-13. Central Financial assistance will be given to 50 projects on a first-come-first-served basis. The scheme is applicable to projects undertaken by individuals, government departments or local bodies, cooperatives and NGOs. Proposals for Pico hydro electric power schemes owned by women, women entrepreneurs or NGOs run by women will be given preference. The grant in aid will be provided to 50 eligible beneficiaries after successful completion of such schemes on or before October 31, 2013 on a first-come first-served basis

ICFRE to conduct EIA study for 180 MW Bunakha HEP-I

Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education (ICFRE), a body under Ministry of Environment & Forest is to conduct the EIA study for the 180 MW Bunakha hydro electric project-I in Bhutan. An EIA study had been completed for one season (pre monsoon period), however according to RGoB policies, the study should be carried out for all four seasons (winter, pre-monsoon, monsoon, post monsoon). The study will be conducted at a cost of Rs.8.36 million.

CESC ventures into hydel power generation

CESC, a RPG group company is foraying into hydel power generation where it plans to invest Rs. 150,000 million over a period of 6 years and to generate 2500 MW of power. The company estimates that variable costs in hydel power as low and expects higher margins. It also has been awarded 140 MW hydel project in Himachal Pradesh and is considering 4 such proposals , including one in Bhutan. It is also considering to take over hydel projects and is in talks with some firms.

New technology to generate power from water

Traditionally electricity is generated from water by storing in huge dams which alters ecosystems and landscape in a large way. A technology is in the offing which will generate electricity from a turbine which are submerged underground in a river which will make use natural currents of river. Verdant Power of USA is testing this technology in New York East river. Similar projects are likely to happen around the world..

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