A century-old history of power generation is a badge of honour for the Indian state of Karnataka. However, the current scenario reveals more than a few chinks in the armour. Over 120 years since its inception, the power sector in Karnataka still grapples with quality transmission and supply issues, making it clear that there's a significant journey ahead to ensure reliable, high-quality electricity for its citizens. These hurdles are not just crucial to be addressed for the state's development, but also for the well-being of its populace.
Sami-Sabinsa Group's Renewable Energy Drive
In a noteworthy move, Sami-Sabinsa Group recently signed an agreement with O2 Renewable Energy VIII Private Limited to establish a renewable energy capacity of 240 MW in Karnataka's Bellary District. The initiative aims to propel sustainable energy generation for Sami-Sabinsa’s manufacturing facilities through non-conventional sources on a long-term power supply basis. The company has charted out a plan to procure 300 MU of solar power to drive its seven production facilities in Karnataka over the next 25 years, signaling a strong commitment to renewable energy.
Regulatory Compliance in Focus
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has been playing its part in ensuring compliance with relevant regulations. The CEA has directed 20 renewable energy projects in Karnataka to submit reports regarding their adherence to the Technical Standards for Connectivity to the Grid Regulations. Interestingly, out of these 20 projects, 17 have either fully or partially adhered to the regulations, underscoring the need for greater enforcement and accountability.
Bengaluru's Urbanization Challenges
At a recent panel discussion in Bengaluru, the issue of inclusive growth in the city's built-up area was brought into sharp focus. The dialogue emphasized the need for more equitable spaces and addressed the intertwining issues of urbanization, climate change, and equity. The need to address underlying causes for constructing sustainable and inclusive cities is more pressing than ever, especially in the context of the state's power sector challenges.