CESC contemplating network of e-charging stations in Kolkata

[] CESC Ltd is mulling a business model on e-charging stations network, amid an increased thrust by the central government on electric transportation to control emissions

Power utility CESC Ltd has said that it is evaluating a business model for e-charging stations network in its distribution area. CESC Ltd’s managing director (distribution) Debasish Banerjee made the announcement on October 4, 2018, on the sidelines of a Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry event in Kolkata. If found viable, then, a project of about 150 e-charging stations could be executed, in a license area of 567 kms of the CESC, covering Kolkata and part of Howrah districts.

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The project is at a very nascent stage and the company is internally discussing its viability. “Many issues need to be evaluated, like the commercial viability, ensuring power round-the-clock, demand and feasibility in finding suitable locations, for such recharging stations,” Banerjee said. Moreover, there is also no clarity as yet, on the regulatory front, he said.

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The Ministry of Power had written to power utilities, to consider setting up electric vehicle charging infrastructure in states, chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Ajay Mathur said. Mathur said the economic viability of electric transport was proven by the price discovery, in a recent tender floated by the centre for running buses on a lease model.

“Out of the 11 states who were offered electric buses under FAME-1, five opted for the service model, with an operating cost of less than Rs 60 per km. This is the price paid by state transport departments to operators, for CNG-operated buses,” Mathur said. Under the FAME-1 scheme, the Department of Heavy Industries had selected 11 cities for subsidy, to procure electric vehicles on a pilot basis.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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