Bihar has a historical reputation of being India’s the poorest, densest, and most lawless state, rich only in emigrants who provide low-wage labor in every city in India. However, in recent years, Bihar has frequently achieved double-digit growth thanks to the state government’s relentless focus on public works and on ensuring that even the poorest inhabitants can access state hand-outs. While this has raised the standard of living somewhat, Bihar is yet to position itself as a competitor for private investment. Being largely an agrarian economy, the state government hopes to add value to its food processing and dairy industries and strengthening its textile and leather industries.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
The state-run National Thermal Power Corporation acquired the 720-megawatt (MW) Barauni thermal power plant in Bihar from the Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd. The plant has 220 MW capacity and is building another 500 MW of capacity.
All households in the state of Bihar have been provided with electricity connections, irrespective of their location, two months ahead of the December 31 deadline for universal household electrification under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or Saubhagya scheme. Power Minister R.K. Singh, a lawmaker from Arrah, Bihar, has been credited for this exercise.
The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) published its annual tariff order for the state-run generation, transmission, grid company and dispatch center for 2018-2019.
The two Bihar power distribution companies have reduced their aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses by close to 10 percent in the last year.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Bihar reaches 142.45 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Bihar achieves 0 MW (updated January 3, 2019)