CESC Limited, incorporation dealing with electrical utility services and is involved in generating, transmitting and distributing electricity to around 3.3 million domestic consumers, commercial as well as industrial sectors are summing up to 567 sq kilometres in Kolkata as well as Howrah of West Bengal. CESC operates three thermal-based power plants in Southern, Titagarh and Budge Budge. These three thermal power plants generate 1125 MW of power, and all of these plants are owned by the company.
Besides these plants, it also owns and operates a wind power plant in Rajasthan (Dangi) generating 24 MW of power, a solar power plant in Kutch (Gujrat) that generates 9 MW of energy (solar) and a hydropower unit located in Arunachal Pradesh that generates 146 MW of power. CESC was previously known as The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (India) Ltd and was later renamed in 1987 to its current name, CESC. The company is based in Kolkata and was incorporated back in 1897.
About Company Information:
To resolve the power shortage in the state of West Bengal, in the year 1983, the power generation plant in Titagarh was commissioned by the company, which was to have a capacity of 240 MW. Five years later in 1988, the company agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cabling work with the company Consultancy & Contracts Division belonging to Neyveli Lignite Corp.
The company commissioned multiple units of which the first started operating in September 1990 and the second one commenced its supply in May 1991. Four years later, in 1995, a new company named Integrated Coal Mining Pvt. Ltd. Was promoted under CESC’s banner this was to undertake mining work for power generating companies.
A new company named Balagarh Power Company Ltd was promoted by CESC back in 1996. This was done to set up a new thermal power plant of 1500 MW capacity. One year later in 1997, based on power position CESC was recognized by the Sunday Times to have the highest rating for power generation companies in comparison to other metropolitan cities. The company eventually had to bring down the emission levels and hence in 2003 along with the Heavy Water Board of the Indian Govt., Chemithon Engineers Ltd. started to work for the same purpose.
During 2007-08, the company got a total shareholding of 94.7% in SRL. Spencers Retail Limited (SRL) which was a renowned and established company that managed and operated a wide retail range of stores in the country turned in to a subsidiary of the company starting the 1st of April 2007. During 2010-11, the company now had two new subsidiaries, CESC Projects Pvt Ltd and Bantal Singapore Pvt Ltd. CESC associated with Indiabulls Group for setting up of two hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh with a focus on generating 146 MW, in 2012.
In 2015, CESC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a smart grid business named Silver Spring. Then the company went on to operate the Pune based franchise of Indian Premier League.
On the 6th of February 2017, the company informed that it had won a previously placed bid at Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited and it was going to be appointed by JdVVNL as the distribution franchise in Bikaner, Rajasthan for a summed up term of 20 years. On the 18th of May in 2017, the meeting of the board of directors of CESC announced that they approved a business restructuring scheme for the company, which would aim at simplifying the present structure of the company.
CESC is looking forward to being the real player in the power generation market of India as it already has under its wings a portfolio consisting of thermal, solar and wind power generation sectors. The plan for SRL is to turn out to be debt-free soon and focus on capturing food markets and the newly launched apparel brands 2Bme. CESC is going to own businesses in FMCG, Shopping Malls and BPM.
How CESC Ltd, is categorised as Power Sector, and Power- Generation/Distribution Industry :
Power- Generation and Distribution Industry includes companies that derive its business by generating power from sources and distributing them to industries and households. The sources range from conventional sources such as coal, oil, hydro and nuclear power, lignite, natural gas, to viable non-conventional sources such as agricultural and domestic waste, wind and solar. It also includes the power distribution service too.
CESC Ltd is categorised under Power sector and Power - Generation/Distribution industry. Power is one of the most significant elements of infrastructure, and it is also crucial for the economic growth and welfare of nations. The Indian power sector, especially the Generation/ Distribution industry, is experiencing a notable change that has redefined the industry outlook. Continued economic growth continues to drive electricity demand in India. The Government of India’s focus on achieving ‘Power for all’ goal has stimulated capacity addition in the country. At the same time, competitive energy is increasing at both the supply sides (fuel, logistics, finances, and manpower) and the market.
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