MIC Electronics partners with IOC to develop energy efficient technologies

MIC Electronics Ltd said it entered in partnership with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) for study and development of combined solar and light-emitting diode (LED) light source based products as well as projects for foray into green and energy efficient technologies. No financial details were provided.

The two companies have successfully initiated pilot marketing of solar based LED lanterns on commercial scale in select state offices of IOC marketing division.

On Friday, MIC Electronics and IOCL shares ended 3.2% and 10.4% up at Rs40 and Rs377, respectively on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The benchmark Sensex closed 0.9% down at 17,574 points

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HCC wins Rs431 order from Himachal Power Corp

Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) said it received a letter of award from Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation of India Ltd for execution of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) work for 100 MW Sainj hydroelectric project in Kullu. The contract, worth Rs431 crore, is to be completed in 48 months.

On Friday, HCC shares ended 1.3% down at Rs116 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 0.9% lower at 17,574 points.
 

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R-Infra, Tata Power war of words intensifies

While R-Infra in a booklet distributed to its consumers claimed that Tata Power is planning to make Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbai consumers by diverting the electricity produced for Mumbai to areas outside the metropolis, the latter stated that R-Infra is trying to restrain its consumers from  switching over to Tata Power

Anil Ambani Group company Reliance Infra (R-Infra) today unleashed a public campaign accusing Tata Power Company (TPC) of planning to make a profit of Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbaikars, an allegation termed by Tata Power as "malicious" and against the "ethos of competition and consumer interest," reports PTI.

The two companies have been locked in a bitter row for over two years over power supply. Tata Power used to sell 500MW to R-Infra but threatened to stop doing so, with the latter refusing to sign a power purchase agreement (PPA).

R-Infra supplies power to Mumbai's suburbs.

Unleashing its public campaign, R-Infra distributed a booklet, which said that Tata Power is planning to make Rs1,200 crore at the cost of Mumbai consumers by diverting the electricity produced for Mumbai to outside the metropolis.

In a strongly-worded statement, Tata Power said the campaign "...is essentially a diversionary tactic to divert the attention of Mumbai consumers from the persistent failures of R-Infra to manage its costs, including power procurement costs, as a result of which Mumbai consumers are faced with unprecedented tariff burden not seen anywhere else in the country."

The statement further said the "...booklet is an attempt to disturb the freedom of choice available to the consumers; thereby restricting the switchover from R-Infra to Tata Power that is in process in suburban Mumbai and is gaining momentum with each passing day."

In another statement R-Infra claimed that the company has witnessed an "increase in demand" this summer due to "continuously increasing consumer base".

"The company has seen its consumer base increasing by 1.15 lakh new consumers over last year as against the migration of 45,000 consumers to another utility; thus net addition 70,000 consumers," an R-Infra statement said.

"This year, during summer the company recorded a maximum demand (peak load) of 1,449 MW against the 1,410 MW last year, an increase of almost 3%; whereas the minimum demand (base load) has gone up from 790 MW to 848 MW, an increase of almost 6%," it added.

Tata Power had earlier said it would stop supply to R-Infra and is considering all options, including legal, in the face of a state government directive to continue supplying 360 MW power to R-Infra till 30th June.

The Maharashtra government had directed Tata Power to provide 360 MW power to R-Infra till 30th June at a regulated rate and 200 MW till 31 March 2011.

Meanwhile, Tata Power approached MERC against the State Load Despatch Centre's (SLDC) refusal to schedule 160 MW power to its distribution company, Tata Power Distribution, which is already slated for hearing. Tata Power said that it needs 160 MW power to cater its own customers migrated recently from R-Infra.

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