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Advisory Group Report on Integrated Development of Power, Coal & Renewable Energy
Dec 25, 2014

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu submitted the reports of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal, and Renewable Energy.

The Group, set up on June 25, has called for certain improvements in Coal India Limited (CIL| and its subsidiaries, including Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited. The report emphasises the need for opening up the coal sector to supplement the domestic production of CIL and a few other companies.

It touched upon the issues of coal block auction Process, coal linkage rationalisation and swapping of coal linkages and stressed on the need for urgent action on coal linkages to power plants already commissioned and likely to be commissioned by March 2015.

The report states, “Various options should be explored to develop Railway infrastructure from coal mines to main Railway system, including through a Joint Venture company on infrastructure by CIL. There is also a need for enhanced role of and improvements in working of CEA (Central Electricity Authority), amendments to Electricity Act, tariff policy and standard bidding documents.”

To ensure round-the-clock power supply, the group has pressed for reform of electricity distribution, including privatisation and public-private partnerships, separation of carriage and content in distribution licences, and an enhanced role for and improvements in the working of the Central Electricity Authority.

The report has emphasised the need for strengthening penalties to improve quality of service and grid discipline, establishing regional regulators in consultation with states and a mechanism to review of the performance of regulatory commissions through a forum of regulators.


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