With the Himalayas to the north, and the Bay of Bengal to the south, West Bengal is the largest and most economically important state in eastern India. Although it was once one of the richest and most industrialized states in India, decades of left-wing government largely succeeded in driving out international investors. Under the stable government of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal is seeking to attract investment once again while hanging on to its leftist bona fides.
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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 West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited (WBPDCL) plans to install 5 MW floating solar plants on its raw water ponds at both the Santhaldih and Sagardighi thermal power plants.
The West Bengal Power Department has decided to implement SEEDN (strengthening and extension of electricity distribution network) to provide continuous and uninterrupted power to all parts of the state.
The West Bengal government is seeking clearance from the central government to sell 1,000 MW of power to Bangladesh, in addition to the 250 MW already being sold to India’s neighbor.
A dispute between the center, West Bengal, and Jharkhand has caused power utility Damodar Valley Corp. (DVC) to abandon its plan to sell a 1,200 MW thermal power plant to a proposed joint venture with NLC India Ltd, putting at risk $3.2 billion of long-term loans that it is struggling to repay. DVC, which is jointly owned by the center, West Bengal, and Jharkhand, had reached a tentative agreement to transfer a 74 percent stake to NLC. The center and Jharkhand have agreed to the deal, but West Bengal did not.
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Wind Performance Tracker — West Bengal achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)
Solar Performance Tracker — West Bengal reaches 33.61 MW (updated October 31, 2017)