Sunday, January 22, 2012

RE: recommendation of private sector regarding hydropower coopreation with india

January 22, 2012
To: 'paras kharel'

Cc: ''; 'Ajaya Dixit'

Paras jee

This is the typical instance of intellectual poverty or even “intellectitute”. What these people have forgotten is the fact that neither Canada nor USA starves its own citizenry of power/energy to export peak or off-peak energy (whatever), which these people are proposing. Should they open their eyes and look beyond their collective noses, it will be difficult for them to miss the fact both of these countries prioritize the domestic need and only the remaining power/energy is exported.

It is amazing to see that they see “win” for Nepal by exporting peak power, while we ourselves are short of peak power. Excellent example of intellectual poverty or “intellectitute".

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: paras kharel []
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 12:52
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha;
Subject: recommendation of private sector regarding hydropower coopreation with india

Dear Ratna Sansar ji,

This might be of interest to you. Below is a section of a report by Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) -

Confederation Indian Industries (CII) Joint Economic Council (JEC), submitted to GoN ahead of the PM's visit to India in August 2009. The section is on hydropower cooperation, and it talks about Nepal exporting peak power to India and importing off peak power from India. It does not make sense: we are in severe shortage of peak power; that's why even if all the proposed hydropower projects come on stream on time, there will still be load shedding because these are run of the river type, right? But they talk of exporting peak power.


Hydro Power

There is a unique power trade arrangement between Canada and USA. Canada imports energy from USA during daytime to meet its base load, and exports its peak energy to USA. In this way, both countries are in a win-win situation. Canada gets good price for its peak energy. USA also sells its off-peak energy to Canada. Same arrangement can be replicated here in this region of the world. Nepal can import off peak energy from India and export its peak energy to India. India can sell its off peak energy from thermal power plants. Our efforts should be geared towards materializing similar type of arrangement between Nepal and India. The proposed cross border transmission line between Nepal and India, if materialized, will prove to be a glaring example of interdependence between India and Nepal. The beauty of the proposed project is that it will put both countries in a win-win situation. India will sell its day time energy to Nepal (as proposed by PTC India Ltd), and Nepal can sell its peak energy to India.

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