Power Ministry Calls For Public Comments On Proposed Amendments To Electricity Act

first_imgNews UpdatesPower Ministry Calls For Public Comments On Proposed Amendments To Electricity Act Mukund P Unny19 April 2020 11:04 PMShare This – xThe Ministry of Power, Government of India has published a draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for comments on its website with various provisions that will pave way for significant reforms in the power sector. Creation of ‘Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority’ The Central Government has proposed for creation of a ‘Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority’ (ECEA) to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Ministry of Power, Government of India has published a draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for comments on its website with various provisions that will pave way for significant reforms in the power sector. Creation of ‘Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority’ The Central Government has proposed for creation of a ‘Electricity Contract Enforcement Authority’ (ECEA) to resolve the disputes between distribution companies and the generation companies. The sole authority and jurisdiction to adjudicate upon matters regarding performance of obligations under a contract related to sale, purchase or transmission of electricity is proposed to be given to ECEA. It is also relevant to note that all the contracts between a generating company and a distributing company is to be filed with the ECEA within 30 days of conclusion of the said contract. National Renewable Energy Policy The Central Government has also provided for preparation and notification of a ‘National Renewable Energy Policy’ for the promotion of generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy and prescribe a minimum percentage of purchase of electricity from renewable and hydro sources of energy. The present framework concerning purchase obligation of renewable energy is under Renewable Purchase Obligations put worth by the respective State Electricity Regulatory Commissions. Cross Border Trade of Electricity The third big ticket announcement is concerning the prescription of rules and regulations concerning the international trade of electricity which is proposed to be supervised by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission. Strength of Appellate Tribunal for Electricity to be raised to 7 The Appellate Tribunal for Electricity is currently functioning with a capacity of 3 members apart from the Chairperson. The strength of the Tribunal is now proposed to be raised to 7 which will effectively provide for 4 separate court rooms in the Tribunal, from the current number of 2 (including that of the Chairperson’s Court). Selection Committee to make appointments to Appellate Tribunal for Electricity The Central Government has also proposed a common Selection Committee for making appointments to various authorities under the Electricity Act like Appellate Tribunal for Electricity, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, State Electricity Regulatory Commission etc. The Selection Committee is proposed to be chaired by the Chief Justice of India, with members including the Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Chief Secretaries of two State Governments (to be selected by rotation) etc. This takes away the method of formation of different selection committees for appointments made from time to time when vacancies arise. Distribution sub-license and Franchise The creation of the provision for distribution sub-license and distribution sub-licensee is very important as the Distribution licensee is proposed to be empowered – to recognize and authorize a person as “Distribution sublicensee” to distribute electricity on its behalf in a particular area within its area of supply, with the permission of the appropriate State Commission. Comments The stakeholders are permitted to present comments on the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill dated 17.04.2020 within 21 days from the said date. The comments can be emailed to [email protected] and [email protected] here to download notificationRead Notification Next Storylast_img read more

Stanford’s Franco Moretti talks literature and computers

first_imgHarvard’s Tsai Auditorium in CGIS South was filled to the brim on Monday evening for Microemgas: The Very Small, the Very Large and the Object of Digital Humanities, a lecture presentation by Franco Moretti.Moretti, professor of humanities at Stanford and author of six books including “The Bourgeois” and “Distant Reading,” is considered a forerunner in the field, which uses quantitative analysis to study literature, presenting the data in charts, graphs, maps and trees. He is also director of the Stanford Literary Lab, where most of the research takes place in the form of “experiments.”“The digital humanities provide many opportunities and many new perspectives as to how to approach the materials [students] work with,” said Homi Bhabha, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center, which co-hosted the event with the Department of English. “And I think this is a good thing.”The Lit Lab has published a total of eight pamphlets, each which pose a different question about a large quantity of literary data. For instance, “Loudness in the Novel” looks at the voices a reader hears while reading aloud or silently, while “Quantitative Formalism” asks whether computers can recognize literary genres. Micromegas is just one of several on-going projects at the Lab.last_img read more

Miramar Police Department Get Body Cameras

first_imgMIRAMAR, FL – The Miramar Police department will become the 103rd police department in Florida to equip its officers with body cameras. The move announcement comes six months after Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis made the motion to implement the program in the department.On March 27, 2019, Davis posed the implementation of a body-worn camera program for the Miramar Police Department. The motioned was seconded and a majority vote led to the long-awaited body camera program becoming law in the City of Miramar. The body camera program was first proposed by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis back in 2014, with petitions being signed subsequent to this, but though a study was conducted the program never came to fruition.Days later, a pilot program was established that began with twelve officers to develop operational processes and policy for a full camera program.Last month, a workshop was convened with the Commission to present the proposal of a full program for consideration and approval. The proposal consisted of outfitting 147 first-line officers and sergeants with body-worn cameras for a five-year period with a cost of $2,501,746.52, with none of the initial funds coming out of taxpayer dollars but from the Police Trust Fund.The Commission approved the proposed program and funding sources for the five-year period. The Department has already procured the camera equipment and infrastructure items.“I am happy that our City has joined the other cities around the country in the utilization of body camera technology. This technology will further assist in providing transparency in our law enforcement efforts within our community,” said Vice Mayor, Alexander P. Davis.“Just recently during the pilot phase of the program, we were able to see the value of the body-worn camera by one of our officers. A situation that could have been made much worse had it not been for the quick actions of our officer and the fact that he was wearing the camera. In this instance, there was no loss of life and the suspect was identified and apprehended,” Vice Mayor goes on to say.The City Administration feels it is a win-win for the Department and the residents of the City.Chief Dexter Williams stated that he will be making a Public Service Announcement video regarding the implementation of body-worn cameras by officers, with the full implementation expected to be completed and underway by the end of September 2019 . The video will be posted on the Department’s website and will be pushed out through the Department’s social media platforms. Community Resource Officers will discuss the implementation of the program at HOA meetings over the course of the next few months.Additionally, Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis will be hosting a ‘CommUnity and Cops’ forum on October 22nd which will include discussions on many topics of Law Enforcement to include the use of body cameras.last_img read more