Thanks to the Green Revolution, for 50 years Punjab has been the breadbasket of India. It’s large, prosperous farms still provide one of the highest standards of living of any Indian state. But Punjab has struggled in recent years thanks to the fall in food prices and its failure to build 21st-century industries such as agriprocessing. It doesn’t help that the state’s previous government was widely perceived as ineffective and complicit in large-scale corruption; it remains to be seen whether the new Congress government can bring change.
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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.
Between October 14, 2018 and March 31, 2019, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited will schedule power supply at varying increments depending on type of agricultural use (for example for vegetable farming versus grains).
Following a decision by the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commissioner (PSERC) to increase the fuel cost adjustment (FCA) surcharge, the board of directors of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has passed the cost of the increased surcharge to consumers, which has led to a slightly increase in the cost of power in Punjab.
The Punjab government has approved the construction of a super critical thermal plant of 4,000 MW capacity for Rupnagar, State’s Power Minister G.S. Kangar said
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) begun receiving 500 MW of power from Punjab and Chhattisgarh as part of an energy swapping initiative.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Punjab reaches 905.62 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Punjab achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)