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Karnataka to get its first waste-to-energy plant

In around one-and-a-half years’ time, Bengaluru will begin turning a portion of its waste into energy, enabling the city to reduce the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and reduce the burden on waste management plants. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday virtually laid the foundation stone for the 11.5MW power plant to be set up on 10 acres of land in Bidadi on the outskirts of Bengaluru. It is the first waste-to-energy plant in the state. Around 600 of the 5,000 tonnes of waste that people... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Eye on solar power projects, ISA to showcase Cochin airport

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) plans to showcase Kerala’s Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL), the world’s first such facility to run exclusively on solar power, this month to global airport companies and civil aviation authorities to promote solar energy. This in turn may help state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI) land deals in ISA member countries. ISA, which has become a significant foreign policy tool, hopes to persuade airports around the world to follow Kochi’s example and go solar. It is helping state-run NTPC Ltd secure solar projects... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Maharashtra govt unveils ₹8,000 crore underground transmission network plan

In light of the recent blackout in the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the state government has sanctioned a plan to build an underground transmission network – an 80-km line from Aarey to Kudus, in Palghar district. It is projected that the entire project will cost around ₹8,000 crore. Announcing the ambitious plan, the state government on Tuesday issued a public notice which read, “The first part of the network – an 80-km line from Aarey to Kudus, in Palghar District – will cost ₹8,000 crore.” On... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India sets up committee for implementation of climate change targets

The Centre has set up a committee which will oversee the implementation of climate change targets that India has committed to under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) on Wednesday issued a Gazette notification on forming a high-level inter-ministerial Apex Committee for Implementation of Paris Agreement (AIPA). “The purpose of the AIPA is to generate a coordinated response on climate change matters which ensures that India is on track to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement, including its... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

India to see $66 billion investment in gas infrastructure

India will see a massive $66 billion investment in the building of gas infrastructure as the government pushes for greater use of the cleaner fuel with a view to cutting down carbon emissions, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday. The government is targeting raising the share of natural gas in its energy basket to 15 per cent by 2030 from the current 6.3 per cent. This will entail gas consumption rising manifolds from current 160-170 million standard cubic meters per day. To cater to this,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: clean fuel, natural gas

India plans dam on Brahmaputra to offset Chinese construction upstream

India is considering a plan to build a 10 gigawatts (GW) hydropower project in a remote eastern state, an Indian official said on Tuesday, following reports that China could construct dams on a section of the Brahmaputra river. The river, also known as the Yarlung Tsangbo in China, flows from Tibet into India's Arunachal Pradesh state and down through Assam to Bangladesh. Indian authorities are concerned Chinese projects could trigger flash floods or create water scarcity. "The need of the hour is to have a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Hydropower Project

Shri Dharmendra Pradhanlaunches world-class premium grade Petrol (Octane 100) in the country

In a move that can be a potential game-changer in the petroleum fuel retail market in India, IndianOil has launched world-class premium grade Petrol (Octane 100) in the country today. Branded as XP100, the premium grade petrol was launched across ten cities by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel. Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Tarun Kapoor, Shri Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, and other senior officials of the Ministry and Indianoil... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India

Govt invites bids for setting up solar power systems in homes

In the midst of stiff opposition against that Goa Tamnar Transmission Project Ltd (GTTPL) project, and a debate on why solar power is not being generated in the state, the Goa Energy Development Agency (GEDA) has invited bidders to design, manufacture, supply, install, test and commission solar PV systems at various households in Goa. The last date of issuance of the tender document is December 11 and the tender will be opened on December 19. Earlier this year, in June, the state cabinet decided to implement... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Asian Development Bank​ to provide USD 563 million loan for power projects in Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya

Multi-lateral funding agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday said it will provide loan of USD 562.8 million (about Rs 4,143 crore) for power projects in Uttar Pradesh and Meghalaya. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 430 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF) to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply in Uttar Pradesh in India, it said in a release. Besides, ADB has also signed a USD 132.8 million loan to strengthen and modernise the distribution network and... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Amid border standoff with India, China to build major hydropower on Brahmaputra river

China will build a major hydropower project on Brahmaputra river in Tibet and a proposal for this has been clearly put forward in the 14th Five-Year Plan to be implemented from next year, the official media on Sunday quoted the head of a Chinese company tasked to build the dam as saying. Yan Zhiyong, chairman of the Power Construction Corp of China, said China will "implement hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo River" (the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra) and the project could serve... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

CNG stations at petrol pumps not to be opened for third party access

CNG stations anchored on petrol pumps will not be open to third party hiring, gas regulator PNGRB has said. Also, oil marketing companies - such as Indian Oil Corp (IOC) - will be barred from setting up their own CNG dispensing units in their petrol pumps that have been let out for CNG supplies to a city gas licensee. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has notified the final regulations, governing open access for city gas distribution (CGD) networks whose marketing exclusivity period has ended... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India to leverage ISA to project solar power expertise to small island nations

India plans to leverage International Solar Alliance (ISA) to help project its solar power expertise to small island countries, said two people aware of the development. A case in point being Maldives where the solar power tariffs have fallen by half. India is helping the atoll nation to tide over economic woes caused by the pandemic that originated in Wuhan, after a period that saw the former leadership of the Maldives leaning towards China. “As economic development is heavily driven by energy, a sustainable... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India sets 450-GW capacity renewable energy target for 2030

The Union Minister of New & Renewable Energy and Power, R K Singh, on Saturday, assured India’s full cooperation to the Maldives, in its efforts to promote renewable projects. While speaking at a country session of Maldives during 3rd Global Re-Invest Summit, Singh said India has also prioritised to have its two islands fully on green energy Islands. He further stated that India has set the target for Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands to become 100% green -meaning their energy needs should... Read more..

Source: Times Now
Subject Tags: Renewable energy

Green drive: Delhi govt to cover e-cycles under electric vehicle policy

Delhi government is now planning to promote ‘ecycles’ through various financial incentives under its ambitious electric vehicle (EV) policy. The state government’s transport department has released a draft proposal for introducing e-cycles as a new segment under the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, which was notified in August this year. The government has already started providing subsidy of up to Rs 30,000 on two-wheelers and up to Rs 1.5 lakh for cars to promote faster adoption of EVs. For e-cycles, it... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Uttar Pradesh: Bio-fuel plants in 7 districts curb stubble burning

The state steering committee approved a budget of Rs 22.56 crore for setting up bio-fuel plants in seven districts — Meerut, Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Hapur and Muzaffarnagar — in the national capital region (NCR) for productive use of crop residue and treatment of other bio-degradable waste to address the issue of stubble burning and air pollution. The steering committee headed by chief secretary RK Tiwari held a meeting on Thursday for consideration and approval of the projects as... Read more..

Source: ETenergyworld

Downstream oil regulator PNGRB simplifies gas pipeline tariff

Oil regulator PNGRB has simplified the country's gas pipeline tariff structure to make the fuel more affordable for distant users and to attract investment for building gas infrastructure. The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has notified regulations for a 'unified' tariff structure for over a dozen pipelines that form the National Gas Grid which will lead to a 20-30 per cent rise in transportation charges paid by users near the source but a reduction for consumers in the hinterland. "... Read more..

Source: ETenergyworld

India and Finland sign MOU for developing cooperation in the field of environmental protection and biodiversity conservation

India and Finland today signeda MOU for developing cooperation between two countries in the field of Environment protection and biodiversity conservation. The MoU is a platform to further advance Indian and Finnish partnership and support, exchange best practices in areas like prevention of Air and water pollution; Waste management; Promotion of circular economy, low-carbon solutions and sustainable management of natural resources including forests; Climate change; Conservation of Marine and Coastal Resources... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India

India to offer production-linked incentives for solar modules, renewable energy business potential $20 bn per year: PM Modi

Renewable energy will generate business worth $20 billion a year over the next decade in India, which aspires to become the global manufacturing hub in the sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. Modi invited global investors to the rapidly growing sector and assured them that ease of doing business was his government’s top priority. The government is also supporting high technology in the sector and plans to launch a National Hydrogen Energy Mission, Modi said at the launch of RE Invest, the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Renewable energy

Ladakh gets largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station

The Union Territory of Ladakh has got the largest solar power project setup under the Centre's 'Make In India' initiative at Leh IAF station to provide sustainable energy alternative to fossil fuel and traditional methods of energy generation. The project namely 'Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW' has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of March 31, 2021, a defence spokesman said. "The largest solar project at a high altitude in the entire Leh in the Union... Read more..

Source: ETenergyworld

eBikeGo to install 3,000 IoT enabled smart charging stations across 5 cities in India

Quick urbanization has filled versatility needs, driving an expanded interest for vehicles. While it is an indication of progress, it has prompted low air quality and expanded reliance on rough oil. To counter the evil impacts of non-renewable energy sources, electric portability is in effect genuinely considered as another option. Further, India has vowed to diminish carbon power by 33-35 per cent by 2030. Changing our vehicles to run on inexhaustible wellsprings of energy is vital to tending to concerns... Read more..

Source: India TV

Solar desalination: Carlsberg ties up with Desolenator to purify Sundarbans water

Multinational brewer Carlsberg Group on Wednesday said it has partnered with Netherlands-based solar desalination technology company Desolenator for converting saline water into clean drinking water for a town of 4,000 in Sundarbans, West Bengal. Desolenator is the world's first sustainable water purification technology and it will be used for a desalination plant designed to be set up at Sundarbans, located around 120 km from Carlsberg's Kolkata brewery, it said. Sundarbans, which is home to around 4.7... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

JCB India launches first dual-fuel CNG 'Backhoe Loader'

Earthmoving and construction equipment manufacturer JCB India has launched the country's first dual-fuel CNG 'Backhoe Loader' in India. The 'JCB 3DX DFi', which can operate on CNG and diesel simultaneously using the HCCI technology, was launched here by Union Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Nitin Gadkari. "The utilisation of alternate fuels is a significant step-change in the construction equipment vehicle sector. Since the 'JCB 3DX DFi' operates on a mixture of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: dual-fuel CNG, JCB India

Chandigarh: Admin seeks report from CREST on solar power plants

The UT administration has sought a report from Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest) about the installation of solar-energy plants in the city. Crest, project's nodal agency, is on with a survey to check the demand for rooftop units of the Resco (Renewable Energy Service Company) model, which was brought on with UT administrator V P Singh Badnore's approval as residents were wary of the initial capital investment. Under the scheme, the agency will install 2,400-odd... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: CREST, Renewables, Solar Rooftop

UP’s new bio-fuel policy to reduce pollution due to stubble burning

The Uttar Pradesh government is ready with a new bio-fuel policy which is being seen as a significant move to deal effectively with the environmental crisis arising out of stubble burning by farmers in the state. The proposed policy seeks to promote and incentivise setting up of power generation plants based on paddy straws and also makes it mandatory for state-owned thermal stations to use agricultural residue as raw material with coal to fire the power plants. “The draft policy titled Uttar Pradesh Bio-Fuel... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Desalination to ease water stress, raise green concerns

The state government has green-lighted a desalination plant at Manori to meet the city's current water supply shortfall and future needs. But scientists say the authorities must address the environmental problems that come with desalination plants, and that water harvesting and recycling are more sustainable options. Mumbai's water need is now 4,200 MLD (million litres per day), expected to rise by 71% by 2041. Desalination plants have proliferated around the world in recent decades as technology has advanced... Read more..

Source: The Times of India