Towards a sustainable power policy in Karnataka

Introduction Electricity being a crucial part of fundamental infrastructure of the modern society, the importance of an efficient, reliable and innovative power sector requires no special emphasis for the sustainable development of all sections of our society.  In order to make the power sector adoptable to the changing times, an objective review of its past performance has to be carried out, future requirements have to be recognized and suitable policy decisions have to be developed…

"Towards a sustainable power policy in Karnataka"

Shankar Sharma: A way out of Power Crisis

The state has begun with yet another year of power crises. The difference is that power cuts this year have started even before the rainy season ended.   As a matter of fact the power cuts are a continuation of the phenomenon of the last few years. No section of the consumers has remained unaffected with strong protests being reported from all over the state.

"Shankar Sharma: A way out of Power Crisis"

Shankar Sharma: Electricity supply management – Lessons from Kerala

While Karnataka continues to falter under multiple crises in electricity supply, Kerala govt. has proposed a Green Budget for the management of the electrical power sector.   A recent media report indicates that the state has proposed many initiatives to meet the additional electricity demand without building conventional power stations.  Kerala is one of the very few states that has not faced crises in electricity supply in the recent past.  Kerala has not added to it’s…

"Shankar Sharma: Electricity supply management – Lessons from Kerala"

Shankar Sharma: Power Sector Inefficiency – Economic & Legal Implications

1.                Preface – Electricity scenario in the country  Whereas the central and state governments have been pouring thousands of crores of Rupees every year under the guise of meeting the ever escalating electricity demand in the country none of the consumer groups are satisfied with the quality of supply.  Whether it is the BPL category, who are getting heavily subsidized electricity, OR the agricultural consumers, who are getting either free or highly subsidized electricity, OR…

"Shankar Sharma: Power Sector Inefficiency – Economic & Legal Implications"

Future Electricity Supply Options for India

Synopsis: The country is facing multitude of problems in power sector.  Despite huge investments since independence and considerable increase in generating capacity, electricity is still out of reach for about 40% of the population. In the backdrop of escalating demand for electricity, the social, economic and environmental implications of large addition of conventional power stations, the very need for huge extension of grid based electricity supply systems need to be carefully reviewed not only from…

"Future Electricity Supply Options for India"

How essential is the nuclear power option for India?

 The debate as to whether nuclear power is a safe, suitable and essential option for India has been going on for many decades. While the proponents of the nuclear power have been offering many arguments in favour of the option, there have been any numbers of issues raised by those who think it is not the best solution to meet the legitimate energy requirements of our society.

"How essential is the nuclear power option for India?"

ಕತ್ತಲೆ – ದಾರಿ ಹತ್ತಿರ: ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ನೀಗಿಸಲು ಮಿತ್ರಮಾಧ್ಯಮದಿಂದ ಮಾಹಿತಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಪುಸ್ತಕ

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಭಾರೀ ಚರ್ಚೆ, ವಾದ ವಿವಾದ ನಡೆದಿದೆ.  ಈಗ ರಾಜ್ಯವು ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ತನ್ನು ಖರೀದಿಸಿದೆ. ಇಂಥ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಇತ್ತೆ? ಹೋದ ಸಲ ಕಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಲು ಖರೀದಿಸಿದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸದನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆದಿದೆ. ಈ ಚರ್ಚೆ ಬೇಕಿತ್ತೆ? ಹೋಗಲಿ, ನಮಗೆ ಕಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಲಿನಿಂದಲೇ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಬೇಕೆ? ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ನಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಕೊರತೆ ಇದೆಯೆ? ನಿಜವಾದ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಏನು?  

"ಕತ್ತಲೆ – ದಾರಿ ಹತ್ತಿರ: ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ನೀಗಿಸಲು ಮಿತ್ರಮಾಧ್ಯಮದಿಂದ ಮಾಹಿತಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಪುಸ್ತಕ"

Shankar Sharma: Why Gundia Hydro Electric Project Is Not Needed

An analysis of its deleterious impacts and benign alternatives for Karnataka Synopsis: Karnataka Power Corporation Limited, Bangalore, a state govt. owned generating company, has submitted the Detailed Project Report (DPR) on Gundia Hydro Electric Project ( 2 * 200 MW capacity) for concurrence of Central Electricity Authority (CEA). While the Project Affected Families (PAFs) are strongly protesting the proposed project because of the serious impact on flora. Fauna and humans in that area, the state…

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Impact of Electric Power Sector on Western Ghats : Issues and remedies

A detailed study to estimate the immense economic value of the biodiversity of the entire Western Ghats and different sections of the same should be carried out early to prove to the government that it is more than any conceivable man-made projects.

"Impact of Electric Power Sector on Western Ghats : Issues and remedies"

ತದಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನಿಲ ಆಧಾರಿತ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಯೋಜನೆ ಬೇಡ

ಉತ್ತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಗೋಕರ್ಣದ ಬಳಿ ಇರುವ ತದಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ೨೧೦೦ ಮೆಗಾವಾಟ್‌ಗಳ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯದ ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ಅನಿಲ ಆಧಾರಿತ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಸ್ಥಾವರವನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸುವ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್  ನಿಗಮದ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪಕ್ಕೆ ಮೊದಲ ಹಿನ್ನಡೆ ಉಂಟಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದೇ ಜನವರಿ ೧೧-೧೨ರಂದು ನಡೆದ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಪರಿಸರ ಮತ್ತು ಅರಣ್ಯ ಸಚಿವಾಲಯದ ತಜ್ಞ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನಾ ಸಮಿತಿ (ಎಕ್ಸ್‌ಪರ್ಟ್ ಅಪ್ರೈಸಲ್ ಕಮಿಟಿ , ಇ ಎ ಸಿ)ಯ ೬೦ನೇ  ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕೆಳಗಿನಂತೆ ನಿರ್ಣಯವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ:

"ತದಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅನಿಲ ಆಧಾರಿತ ವಿದ್ಯುತ್ ಯೋಜನೆ ಬೇಡ"