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Australia's Port Hedland clearing out ships as Cyclone Joyce intensifies 11.1.2018 General News
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Port Hedland iron ore terminal expects to clear all remaining vessels from its harbour by 1030 GMT as a safety measure after a tropical cyclone intensified off the nation's western coast on Thursday, Pilbara Ports Authority said.
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Thermal power PLF remains subdued despite high demand: Icra 11.1.2018 General News
Capacity utilisation of thermal power plants remained subdued in April-December period this fiscal at 59.7 per cent even as the electricity demand grew at 5.8 per cent, rating agency Icra said. The domestic electricity demand has grown by 5.8 per cent during April-December 2017-18 period mainly led by a significant pick-up in electricity demand in Uttar Pradesh (13.5%), Telangana (12.5%), Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (7.0%) and Gujarat (6.0%), it said in a statement. However, it said that despite the recent rise in the electricity demand growth, there is only a marginal improvement in the all India thermal plant load factor (PLF) -- an indicator of capacity utilisation -- to 59.7 per cent for the first nine months of FY2018 as against 59.2 per cent in the corresponding period of previous year. Girishkumar Kadam, Sector Head & Vice President, Icra said, "The extent of improvement in the thermal PLF was moderated by the increase in the share of renewable energy-
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SDMC seals upper floors of 135 shops in Meher Chand Market 10.1.2018 General News
In a massive crackdown against unauthorised construction in the national capital, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today sealed upper floors and basements of 135 shops in the posh Meher Chand Market. Besides, two banks, both PSUs have been given two days to wind up their operation, a senior SDMC official said. This was the biggest drive so far undertaken by the civic bodies on the instruction of a Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee. "Sealing action was taken in 135 of the 153 shops in the Meher Chand Market situated at the Lodi Colony, but their ground floors were spared. Only upper flowers and basements built or used in violation of civic norms were sealed. "Two banks, the State Bank of India and Dena Bank have been given two days to wind up their operation," the SDMC said. The ground floors, built legally, have been spared, the official said. Meherchand Market is home to many plush eateries and boutique shops, and gets a good footfall. In nearby ...
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Nalco's alumina exports to halve in 3-4 years, to impact profit margins 10.1.2018 Business Standard: Companies & Industry
Alumina exports by National Aluminium Company (Nalco) are set to halve over the next three to four years as the company looks at higher conversion to aluminium and value added products.Each year, Nalco exports around one million tonne of surplus alumina. Nalco's internal consumption of alumina is poised to go up as the navratna company is going for brownfield expansion of its aluminium smelter at Angul. Nalco is adding 0.6 million tonne capacity at Angul where its current rated capacity is 0.46 million tonne per annum (mtpa)."If our new smelter comes up, it will consume 1.2 million tonne of alumina each year. In that case, Nalco's exports of alumina would reduce by 50 per cent in the next three to four years. Alumina exports, however, will not stop altogether as we are also expanding our alumina refinery capacity", said T K Chand, chairman & managing director at Nalco.Alumina and not aluminium, has been the key driver of Nalco's profitability over the years. Nalco being one of the
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Renewable Power Contract Renegotiations Continue to Affect Investor Sentiment 10.1.2018 General News
Ind-Ra considers PPA renegotiation or cancellation an event risk and a deviation from the normal course of business. Therefore, current ratings of entities do not factor in this risk.
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Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt 9.1.2018 General News
Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said today. The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the station Janine Imesch told AFP. There are currently "around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt," she said, while the station website warned that "arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment." The main access road has been closed since yesterday, while the train was halted late last night, she said. Zermatt is home to some 5,500 inhabitants and has the capacity to accommodate 13,400 tourists spread across hotels and rental apartments. But the stranded tourists will not be able to take advantage of the abundant snow for the time being, due to the high risk of avalanches in the area. "It is not possible to do downhill or cross country, but that's ok. It's a bit romantic," Imesch
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India not expansionist, our aid is without strings: PM Modi to PIO leaders 9.1.2018 Latest News
Modi's comments comes in the backdrop of China's deepening ties with some South Asian nations and providing them with huge financial aid
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India needs to maintain its strategic autonomy (Comment: Special to IANS) 9.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
With the call that "America is in the game and America is going to win", strongly reminiscent of his populist campaign speeches, US President Donald Trump launched his first National Strategic Security (NSS) policy document on December 18, 2017. He categorised his ambitions for the US based on "principled realism" to be propelled by the "re-awakening of America".
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All is not lost in stressed power projects, Railways, PPAs, electric vehicles to be growth drivers: ASSOCHAM study 9.1.2018 General News
Stressed assets remain a key concern for power sector in India. Out of the 24 stressed projects having capacity of 41.81 GW, 8,300 MWs are without any power purchase agreements (PPA), 9500 MW capacity are having partial PPAs (i.e. less than 40%). The balance capacity is having PPAs greater than 40%. Avenues need to be found out to utilize the power available in the stranded capacities, which are already commissioned or nearing completion, the study stressed.
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CM rules out increase in power tariff 9.1.2018 Hindu: National
Solar projects planned on a big scale
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BSES launches rooftop solar single-point for apartment complexes 7.1.2018 General News
In an initiative to promote clean energy, BSES, one of Delhi's two electricity distribution companies (discoms), on Sunday launched the country's first solar rooftop consumer aggregation programme for residential buildings to provide the installations at a single point for the entire apartment complex.
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Solar tariff bottoms out, may not have free fall in 2018 7.1.2018 General News
Solar power tariff fall seems to have bottomed out and may not drop beyond an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit in absence of well structured bids and rising solar panel prices on demand pressure. The solar power tariff fell to an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit in May last year during an auction for 500 MW capacities at Bhadla (IV) in Rajasthan. It had the viability gap funding component, as per the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy data. According to data, the solar tariff rose to Rs 3.47 per unit for 1,500 MW capacities in Tamil Nadu under a state scheme in July and then dropped again to Rs 2.66 per unit in an auction for 500 MW capacities in Gujarat. In an auction of state-run power giant NTPC for 250 MW capacity, the tariff was Rs 3.14 per unit. But it dropped again with viability gap funding to Rs 2.47 per unit and Rs 2.48 per unit for 500 MW Bhadla-III and 250 MW Bhadla-IV auctions in December 2017. "High global demand has pushed up prices of solar modules. ...
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PHOTOS: 'Snow bomb' carpets US 7.1.2018 Rediff: News
An intense winter storm has caused electricity outages for tens of thousands of Americans.
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New Zealand storm sparks evacuations and cuts power 6.1.2018 Central Chronicle
Agencies, Wellington Gale-force winds battered New Zealand’s North Island on Friday, tearing off roofs, bringing... more »
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US shivers amid record-breaking low temperatures 6.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
The East Coast in the US is shivering in a record-breaking freeze in the wake of a deadly "bomb cyclone" that dumped snow as far south as Florida.
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Australia: Melbourne affected after bushfires destroy buildings 6.1.2018 DNA: Wide Angle
Bushfires in Australia destroyed buildings and threatened lives on Saturday as a heatwave in three states brought temperatures strong enough to melt the bitumen on a highway. A fire raging out of control set several structures ablaze on the outskirts of Melbourne, the country's second largest city, and the capital of the southeastern state of Victoria. The state's emergency management commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said hot temperatures had combined with dry weather, strong winds and a wind change to create dangerous conditions. "It's exactly what the forecast indicated and when we have fires running that's obviously a problem for us," he told a news conference. About 400 homes lost power and 50 fires were reported across Victoria on Saturday, although many were small and were extinguished. Emergency warnings were issued both in Victoria and in the nearby state of South Australia, where authorities advised residents of a rural area to seek shelter in buildings from an out-of-control fire. Experts consider ...
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US Blizzard 2018: 17 killed after a brutal winter storm 6.1.2018 DNA: Bangalore
US Blizzard 2018: 17 killed after a brutal winter storm
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PFC ties up PTC India to buy power from stranded power plants 5.1.2018 General News
State-run PFC arm PFC Consulting (PFCCL) has inked a pact with PTC India for supply of power from commissioned coal-based thermal power projects stranded due to non-finalisation of power purchase agreement (PPA). The PFCCL entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PTC India for jointly exploring opportunities for procurement of power from coal-based commissioned thermal power projects for supply to discoms and facilitate signing of PPAs, a PFC statement said. Yesterday, Power Minister R K Singh had tweeted: "Government to conduct auctions next month for power plants that do not have power purchase agreements (PPAs) and is working on a model, whereby demand from all states will be aggregated and tariff-based competitive bids will be invited from power-generating companies." These auctions would allow generators to bid for medium- term (5-7 years) PPA. This will help revive those commissioned stressed coal-based capacities which have not inked any PPAs. The ...
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Four reported killed as ‘bomb cyclone’ pounds eastern US 5.1.2018 Hindu: Home
A cold wave gripping a large section of the United States had already been blamed for a dozen deaths.
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'Bomb cyclone' pounds eastern US, four reported dead 5.1.2018 General News
A giant winter "bomb cyclone" has walloped the US East Coast with heavy snow and freezing cold that made for treacherous travel conditions and bone-chilling misery. Four people were reported killed in the southeastern states of North and South Carolina, where icy roads sent vehicles skittering. The National Weather Service said early today that very cold temperatures and wind chills will follow for much of the eastern third of the US through the weekend. A cold wave gripping a large section of the United States had already been blamed for a dozen deaths. Thousands of flights were cancelled and schools closed in many localities as snow piled up and blizzard conditions began taking hold in the northeast. Officials closed the runways at La Guardia and Kennedy Airports in New York. Temperatures were so low in northern New York that Niagara Falls -- the giant waterfalls straddling the US- Canadian border -- froze. Snowfall eased by nightfall but temperatures were set to ...
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