Andhra Pradesh is planning to set up an Energy University in the Anantapuramu district in 2017, said Energy, Infrastructure and Investment Principal Secretary Ajay Jain in a press conference on April 26.

Addressing the media, Jain said the university would be set up as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative and will be managed by international firms in the energy sector."The University will facilitate research in new technologies for power generation. Ways are being developed for producing electricity from rain water. So we want to focus on such research activities," he said.

The Higher Education Department has granted permission for the university and the state government will allot the land soon.

He further revealed that a mobile app will be launched on June 8 to provide information on power supply, utilisation and interruptions.

With the State Fibre Grid project set to be launched in the next couple of months, the Energy Department will install smart meters in all households for recording of electricity consumption in real time, he said."As the government will provide internet facility to each household, consumers can now verify their power consumption and billing details online. Smart meters will help in this," Jain added.

The Principal Secretary, who released a report for the year 2015-16 on the performance of state power sector, said power transmission losses fell to 10.2 per cent from 11.4 per cent the previous year."At the time of the bifurcation of the state, power transmission losses stood at 14 per cent. Now our aim is to reduce this to a single digit," Jain said.

He said four major solar power projects would come up in the state to generate 4,000 MW of electricity by 2018."Two Solar Energy Parks will be set up in Anantapuramu district and one each in Kurnool and Kadapa districts. They will generate 4,000 MW power," Jain said.