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Recently, the Ministry of Power released the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 to further amend the Electricity Act 2003. In this article, the authors provide an overview of the proposed amendments and capture the central concerns and discussions around the same.

Electricity Governance

In the first phase of CAG’s energy auditing initiative, engineers from CAG performed walk-through audits for 100 households (HH) in and around Arakkonam town in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu. This report captures key findings from the audits and highlights the need to promote energy audit for HHs as the first step towards effective energy management.
 

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

Highlights
  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 12
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 10
  • Tamil Nadu: Peak power demand crosses 13,400MW as mercury rises 
  • Government announces cheaper solar power for household
  • Consumer Focus - Electricity Ombudsman Order 
  • U.S. renewable fuel use tops coal for first time since firewood reigned 130 years ago - EIA
  • ECC Voice - Success story
Plus Publications/Regulations:
  • A report on Impact of Energy Efficiency Measures, BEE
  • Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report, IRENA
  • Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Sharing of Inter-State Transmission Charges and Losses) Regulations, 2020., MNRE
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Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

Consumer Update, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is aimed at educating and informing consumers on consumer issues and related happenings, including CAG's activities. 

Consumer Protection

Consumer Update, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is aimed at educating and informing consumers on consumer issues and related happenings, including CAG's activities. This is the issue for November-December 2019. 

Consumer Protection

Consumer Update, a bi-monthly e-newsletter, is aimed at educating and informing consumers on consumer issues and related happenings, including CAG's activities. This is the Consumer Update issue for the period of March-April 2020.

Consumer Protection

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 11
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 9
  • Tangedco gives relief to commercial establishments by allowing self-assessment of meter reading
  • Discoms obligated to pay for electricity within 45 days: Power Ministry
  • Consumer Focus - Electricity Ombudsman Order 
  • Free electricity for March and April for low-income households
  • ECC Voice - Success story

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • Global Renewables Outlook 2020, IRENA
  • Energy Subsidies - Evolution in the Global Energy Transformation to 2050, IRENA
  • Extension of Off-grid and Decentralised Solar PV Applications Programme Phase - III, MNRE

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

Ever since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, there have been media reports of several accidents of vehicles transporting migrant workers across the country. With roads being relatively free during the lock down, people tend to drive fast, and post lock down, we can expect a definite surge in accidents as many people will be on the roads and will tend to drive fast. Vulnerable road users may be the worst affected. This letter urges the government to release a road safety protocol (letter includes suggestions for road safety protocol), to be followed by road users, and strictly implemented. 

Road Safety - Phase II

Sustainable transportation

Consultant/Agency for making proposed changes to website                            

Scope of Work (not limited to the list below)

The Consultant/agency would effect the following changes on the CAG website. The CAG website runs on Drupal platform. 

  1. Improve the search function and make it more user-friendly: 
    • Introduce drop downs for all input fields. 
    • Create a search function where required 
  2. Ensure external links can be embedded in website 
    • YouTube Videos, CAG websites, media, social media, etc
    • Sync the Google map with Events page; fix formatting issue on this page 
    • Create icons for email, social media and search in place of full text and search box.
  3. Contact us page: include scope for uploading jobs/opportunities.
  4. Reorganise pages:
    • Rename Database as Publications: Include a date input box when uploading documents.
    • Project details page: increase the number of listings on a single page; include provision to go to the next set of listings.
    • Rearrange the list of projects based on start date. 
    • Include Tamil fonts.

Timeline: Three months

Contact: Please write to Padmavathi S at communications@cag.org.in. Please send links/samples of previous projects.

 

About CAG Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) is a non-profit, non-political and professional organisation that works towards protecting citizens' rights in consumer and environmental issues and promoting good governance processes including transparency, accountability and participatory decision-making 

Scope of Work 

The Consultant would develop an interactive map to be embedded in the CAG website*. The map would allow a user to click on each district and view data on road safety in the form of documents and data vizualisations (chart of some kind or heat map, etc). Towards this, the consultant would:

  1. Create a district map of Tamil Nadu which is interactive. Some introductory text will be provided with the map
  2. Upload raw RTI data (currently in pdf), a summary of data (CAG to provide; for all districts), and the data vizualisation (chart of some kind or heat map, etc; some districts)
  3. Create the above mentioned data vizualisations
  4. Integrate the map into the CAG website (runs on Drupal).

*Knowledge of Drupal required.

Timeline: May-June 2020

Interested? Please write to Sumana Narayanan at sumana.narayanan@cag.org.in or opportunities@cag.org.in. Please share your resume and samples of your work.

 

Road Safety - Phase II

Sustainable transportation