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166/365 – TNEB

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board TNEB is a statutory body formed on 01.07.1957 under the Electricity Supply Act, 1948 as a successor to the erstwhile Electricity Department of the Government of Madras. India, that generates, distributes and regulates the electricity supply in the state. Established in 1957, the agency comes under the authority of the Department of Power.

Type: Public Sector Undertaking
Industry: Electricity generation, transmission, distribution, retailing
Founded: July 01, 1957
Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Area served: Tamil Nadu, India
Website: http://www.tneb.in/


Electricity generation in Tamil Nadu until about 1908 was confined to a few tiny plants in Tea Estates run on water power and to a small hydro electric station at Kattery near Coonoor. The Government Electricity department was created in 1927.

The Pykara Hydro electric Power Station was constructed by Sir John G. Henry Howard, a British Engineer and the first Chief Electrical Engineer of the then Composite Madras State Electricity Department and commissioned in 1933 with an original installed capacity of 70 MW.

The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board was constituted with effect from 1 July 1957 under the Electricity Supply Act 1948 and came to be known as “The Madras State Electricity Board” with Padmashri V.P. Appadurai appointed as Chief Engineer (Electricity). The first thermal power plant was commissioned during 1971 at Ennore, Chennai with its first unit of 60 MW capacity.

TNEB simultaneously ventured into wind generation and 120 units with a total capacity of 19.355 MW was commissioned in the period 1986-93. In 1992, the power sector was thrown open for private participation and the first independent power project was established by GMR Vasavi at Basin Bridge,Chennai.

Today TNEB has grown into a giant organization having a installed capacity of 10,122 MW and serving a consumer base of about 2 crore consumers.

Mission of the Government

The Government of India has planned to give “Power for all by 2012“. To achieve this, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board is making progress in Generation, Transmission and Distribution sector.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Nadu_Electricity_Board

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