Rajasthan is the largest state in India by area, much of which is composed of the nearly uninhabitable Thar desert. Rajasthan’s lack of water long kept it a deeply poor state of nomadic herdsmen, but the present government is working hard to diversify the economy, using bold reforms in an attempt to attract investment and industry.
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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.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje announced free electricity for more than 1.2 million farmers for up to $135 for a year on their agricultural electricity connection, starting in November 2018. The scheme will be implemented through Direct Benefit Transfer grants, which will reimburse farmers up to a maximum amount of $11.2 per month after they first pay the bill.
Independent power producer ACME Solar announced it has commissioned its 200 MW solar power plant at Bhadla in Rajasthan, stating that “With the commissioning of the Bhadla solar park, ACME’s total operating capacity in solar power now stands at 2.4 gigawatt peak (GWp) and the company’s total portfolio of solar projects stands at over 5.5 GWp, making it the largest solar power portfolio in the country.”
Rajasthan has launched an online smart electricity transmission operation management system in the state through which scheduling of generation and demand, deviation settlement, energy accounting and billing, approval of open access will be automated.
Close to the two-year anniversary of signing the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) agreement with the central government, Rajasthan’s three state-owned electricity distribution companies (discoms) are still far from achieving their targets. The discoms reduced aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses from 27.5 percent to 26.2 percent, still well above the Fiscal Year 2018 target of 18.78 percent.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Rajasthan reaches 2360.75 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Rajasthan achieves 3993.95 MW (updated March 31, 2016)