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TNERC to fix tariff for power from municipal solid waste

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The Hindu       18.07.2016 

TNERC to fix tariff for power from municipal solid waste

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has proposed to fix tariff for electricity generated through Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and has invited suggestions for the same on its website.

The commission decided to come up with a tariff proposal for MSW power, as there is a potential for such electricity in the coming years and also to provide some direction to MSW power producers who connect the electricity to the grid, an official said.

“At present, there is no specified tariff fixed for this. Those who are generating electricity through municipal solid waste and connecting it to the grid are complaining about not being paid by Tangedco. Once we fix the tariff, the issue will be resolved,” a TNERC official told The Hindu.

A case filed by a private company seeking fixation of tariff for 2.90 MW power generated from Municipal Solid Waste is being heard by the TNERC. The TNERC, in its paper, has proposed to fix Rs. 5.79 per kWh with accelerated depreciation (AD) benefit and Rs.5.34 per kWh without the AD. The control period has been proposed for a period of two years and the tariff will be applicable for 20 years, as per the consultative paper posted on the site.

About seven other States and the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) have already proposed tariff for MSW. The tariff fixed thus would be applicable to all MSW-based power generating plants in the State commissioned on or after the date of issue of the order for sale of electricity to the distribution licensee, according to the paper.

The State Advisory Committee will deliberate on the comments received till August 11 before fixing the final tariff, the official said.

The commission has proposed to fix Rs. 5.79 per kWh with accelerated depreciation benefit

 

Erode Corporation yet to ensure effective waste segregation at source

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The Hindu       20.06.2016  

Erode Corporation yet to ensure effective waste segregation at source

QUITE CONVENIENT:Conservancy workers in two of the 12 wards in Lakhapuram panchayat are utilising a battery-operated tricycle.
QUITE CONVENIENT:Conservancy workers in two of the 12 wards in Lakhapuram panchayat are utilising a battery-operated tricycle.

The City Corporation is understandably yet to make inroads in segregation of waste at source.

The workers take a pretty lengthy duration to gather wastes from the doorsteps. In very many localities, the conservancy workers come for collecting wastes only once in three or four days.

The workers say they cannot be blamed since pushing the load of wastes drains their energy and consumes enormous time. Sanitary workers find the pushcarts provided by the Corporation rather cumbersome to handle. “In fact, we are left with very little time to segregate the garbage, and find ourselves constrained to throw the entire wastes into the bin,” a worker said, advocating battery fitment for the tricycles.

Incidentally, workers handling wastes with the two battery-operated three-wheelers donated in recent months by Olirum Erodu Foundation in Zones II and IV are able to enhance their productivity and efficiency. The three-wheelers are being utilised in Periyar Nagar and Suriyampalayam.

According to OEF sources, a battery-operated vehicle costs around Rs. 1.5 lakh. The one-time investment is worth making since the workers will be able to find time for segregating wastes at source, residential associations emphasise.

A good number of local bodies in the State have taken the lead in providing battery-operated three-wheelers for scientific waste disposal.

Earlier this month, District Collector S. Prabakar handed over a battery-operated three-wheeler to the Lakhapuram Panchayat adjoining the city limits.

The vehicle that would be operated by members of women self-help groups was jointly donated by OEF and Young Indians of CII Erode Zone.

They were educated about biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes before initiating them into door-to-door collection.

 

Training in solid waste management

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The Hindu         22.01.2015 

Training in solid waste management

Training for heads of 42 village panchayats, where the district administration has proposed to introduce ‘Cleaning Guards’ system to effectively execute garbage cleaning and solid waste management programmes, was held at the Collectorate on Tuesday.

Inaugurating the programme, Collector M. Karunakaran said the ‘Cleaning Guards’ system was aimed at carrying out garbage cleaning to ensure better cleanliness. As this scheme is going to be implemented in 2,000 village panchayats across Tamil Nadu, the Centre has given as grant Rs.110 crore to the State. In other words, each selected village panchayat would receive Rs.5.50 lakh for the programme.

As per the norms for getting ‘Cleaning Guards’, the beneficiary village panchayat would have a population of 10,000 and situated close to an urban local body. Or, the village panchayat should house a tourist spot or a major industry or be located close to busy highway or railway station so that ‘Cleaning Guards’ system can be introduced there.

The residents, after separating the degradable and non-degradable garbage in their houses, should hand over it separately to the ‘Cleaning Guards’ as they visit the houses at a specified time every day. While the degradable waste will be converted into manure, the non-degradable waste will be used for filling sanitary and other pits without affecting the groundwater table and environment.

Every 150 family will be covered by a ‘Cleaning Guard’, who will be paid by the village-level Poverty Alleviation Association. He or she will be provided with uniforms, a tricycle, shredder, identity card, gloves, cap etc. Project Director, DRDA, H. Vijayakumar, Project Director, Tamil Nadu Rural Livelihood Programme, Jayakumar, and others participated.

 


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