The State Power Ministers’ conference will be chaired by the Union Power, and New and Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh and attended by every state’s energy minister or the secretary of the energy department. The conference will also have sessions on the proposed draft amendments in the provisions of Captive Generating Plant in Electricity Rules, 2005, which has divided the industry and policymakers.
Among other major issues, the Centre will also discuss with the states the status of coal supply and coal stocks, and flexibility in utilisation of coal-case 4 to tide over the coal crisis.
There will also be deliberations on shifting hydro-power projects from base station operation mode to peak load operation mode, energy conservation, says the agenda. With the share of hydro-power decreasing in the total energy mix, the ministry of power has designed a revival scheme with a bailout package of Rs 160 billion. The fund, however, is stuck.
The meet will also discuss the compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) in order to match the offtake of renewable power with the capacity addition. Last financial year, barring three states, none met their designated RPO.