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Government on target: All villages to get electricity by month-end

The government is set to meet its ambitious target of providing electricity to all villages by the end of April. 

Of the 18,452 villages targeted to be electrified in 1,000 days from August 15, 2015, 58 are left and the government expects to complete the task before April 30. Another 1,100 villages that were later identified as lacking electricity will also be covered this month, Union power secretary Ajay... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

NTPC calls tariff-based bids for 2,000MW of renewable energy

State-run power producer NTPC has called tariff-based bids to buy 2,000 MW of renewable energy, which it plans to blend with the costly coal-based capacity and sell to distribution companies under their existing contracts. 

This follows the government’s recent policy announcement that gives coal-fired power plants with regulated tariffs the flexibility to generate and blend electricity, a move aimed at... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: renewable energy, tariff

Ministry calls for time-bound execution of clean air plan

Amid green organisations voicing concern over the absence of pollution reduction targets, the Union Environment Ministry on Thursday called for time-bound implementation of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). 

The NCAP calls for a long-term time-bound national-level plan to control air pollution. Under this, the ministry aims to augment air quality monitoring in 100 non-attainment cities. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Plans afoot to reduce pollution in Mandi Gobindgarh: Deputy Commissioner

The most polluted industrial town of Punjab, Mandi Gobindgarh, will be made clean. An action plan for implementing various steps to make the town pollution-free has been prepared and implemented soon, said Deputy Commissioner Kanwalpreet Brar.

In a meeting here on Thursday, the DC directed officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), the Municipal Council and the District Town Planning (DTP) to... Read more..

Source: Tribune India

Polymer ‘sponge’ can clean up oil spills

Scientists have developed a polymer sponge, using waste products from the petroleum and refining industries, that can quickly soak up crude oil from marine spills.

The polymer made from waste cooking oil and sulphur (a by-product of the petroleum industry) could make polluted beaches, oily water, dead birds and marine life destruction a thing of the past.

... Read more..

Source: India.com

National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) partners with UK govt for Green Growth Equity Fund

The government’s National Investment and Infrastructure Fund of India (NIIF) on Wednesday announced a partnership with the UK government to launch Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF), an alternative investment fund registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).

NIIF and the UK government have committed £120 million each for the fund which will be managed by EverSource Capital, a joint venture... Read more..

Source: livemint

H&M aims to be climate positive across value chain by 2040

H&M aims to become climate positive across the entire value chain by 2040, says its sustainability report 2017. The company has been making strong progress towards its vision to lead the change towards a circular and renewable fashion industry, while being a fair and equal company. H&M is therefore pushing the development towards a shift to a circular model.
The fashion industry needs to rethink the future of fashion. Clothes are and will continue to be an everyday necessity, but the fashion... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Sweden announces $ 6 million as seed money for innovation projects in India

India and Sweden on Tuesday signed a joint innovation partnership and agreed on a joint action plan with a seed money of $ 6 million from here to push PM Narendra Modi’s Make in India initiative besides agreeing to work on a security agreement that would enable intelligence sharing. 

Taking forward their defence cooperation including joint production the two sides decided to strengthen their defence... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India-US to strengthen its alliance in oil & gas, power, renewable energy

India and the United States on Tuesday decided to increase its co-operation in oil and gas, power, renewable energy and coal sectors during the first meeting of the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership.

US president Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the partnership on June 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Through the partnership, the United States and India collectively seek to... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Single-use plastics could be banned in England next year

Cotton buds, plastic drinking straws and other single-use plastics could be banned from sale in England next year in the next phase of the campaign to try to halt the pollution of the world’s rivers and oceans.

Theresa May hopes to use the announcement to encourage the Commonwealth heads of government to join the fight as the meeting opens formally on Thursday. “The Commonwealth is a unique organisation with... Read more..

Source: The Guardian

EU Launches Innovation Observatory for Shared Ideas on Textile Sustainability

The European Union (EU) is tackling industrial pollution with a new initiative designed to yield a more sustainable textile sector.

According to the EU, industrial pollution accounts for a large share of Europe’s overall pollution problem, thanks to the emission of air pollutants, discharges of wastewater and waste generation. To help address the issue, The European Commission, the legislative body of the EU... Read more..

Source: Sourcing Journal

Hero Future Energies sets up country’s first hybrid renewable power plant

Hero Future Energies has commissioned the country’s first large-scale hybrid renewable energy project — a combination of sun and wind power — in Karnataka’s Raichur district. 

The company has added a 28.8 MW solar project to an existing 50 MW wind project set up two years ago. 

A hybrid project has several... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Major ports to desalinate sea water: Gadkari

To meet potable water demand, three major ports - Paradip, Ennore and Chidambarnar - will install plants to recycle and desalinate sea water, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

The decision in this regard was taken in a meeting with chairpersons of major ports.

"Paradip Port, Kamarajar Port & VO... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Novel plastic-eating enzyme created

Scientists have created an enzyme which can digest some of the most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world's biggest environmental problems. 

The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tonnes of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) which currently persists for hundreds of years in the environment. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India probes dumping of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) sheets for solar modules by 5 nations

India has initiated a probe into the alleged dumping of EVA sheets used in solar cell industry, imported from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Thailand. 

The investigation on imports of 'Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) sheets for solar modules' is carried out by the Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD), which is an arm of the commerce ministry. 

... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: industry news, solar cells

Gujarat cancels 500 MW auction results, rebidding likely

Gujarat cancelled a solar project auction it held in end-March without assigning any reasons. Industry sources said this was because the state government felt the tariff quoted by bidders to supply power was too high. 

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) held the reverse auction on March 28 to allot 500 MW of solar projects. Gujarat-based Kalthia Engineering & Construction quoted the lowest tariff of Rs... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Delhiites may soon get money for unscheduled power cuts by discoms

Citizens would be compensated for unscheduled power cuts lasting longer than one hour, if a policy approved by the Delhi government on Tuesday gets a green signal from Lt. Governor Anil Baijal.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday approved the policy to provide compensation to users in case of "unscheduled power cuts by the private power distribution companies" and it was later sent to the Lt. Governor... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: DISCOM, power, sector news

British PE firm Actis close to buying solar assets of India's Shapoorji Pallonji: Reports

British private equity firm Actis is close to signing a deal to buy the solar power portfolio of Indian conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji, three people aware of the development said on Tuesday. 

The acquisition of Shapoorji's 400 megawatt (MW) solar power portfolio will be done via a renewable platform owned by Actis named "Sprng Energy" at an equity valuation of around 11 billion rupees ($168 million), one of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Azure Power commissions 40 MW solar plant in Uttar Pradesh

Azure Power, New Delhi-based solar power producer, today announced it has commissioned a 40 Megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Uttar Pradesh.

The solar project, auctioned by state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), has been set up under the government’s National Solar Mission. It is spread across 225 acres, the company said. 

... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Rajasthan aims 3,780 MW solar capacity by April next year

With 20 projects of 1,500 MW capacity in pipeline, Rajasthan is targeting to increase its solar power generation to 3,780 MW by April next year in order to achieve the goal of 7,000 MW clean energy capacity in the next four years.

“The current solar power generation is contributing 10 percent to the total power consumption in the state and we are targeting to increase it to 17 percent by 2021,” Rajasthan... Read more..

Source: Money Control

U.S. to spend $105.5 mln to advance solar technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy will spend $105.5 million to fund 70 projects aimed at advancing solar energy technologies and smoothing their integration into the electricity grid, it said on Tuesday.

The funding will be split among four areas of research: photovoltaics, concentrating solar, workforce development and grid integration, DOE said in a statement. Technologies that focus on integrating solar onto the grid, like power electronics, energy storage and sensors, will receive the largest share of the funding at $... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Environment Ministry Notifies Amended Rules on Plastic Waste Management

The Environment Ministry has notified the amended rules on plastic waste management that prescribe a central system for the registration of producers and importers.

The ministry has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules, 2018, which specifies phasing out of those multi-layered plastics (MLPs) that are "non-recyclable, non-energy recoverable or with no alternate use", an official statement... Read more..

Source: Money Control

UK joins India-led International Solar Alliance to mark Modi visit

The UK joined the India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA) ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's four-day visit to Britain. 

At an event held at the London Stock Exchange as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM), Britain formally announced its membership of the alliance, which aims to raise USD 1 trillion of private and public finance to provide affordable and sustainable... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd unit eyes two solar power projects in Maharashtra

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) is planning to bid for setting up two solar power projects in Maharashtra totalling 400 megawatts (MW), two people in the know said.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power Co. Ltd, plans to bid for two separate projects of 150MW and 250MW. “TPREL may invest up to Rs2,000 crore in these projects. Bid strategy and other investment and commercial terms are... Read more..

Source: livemint

Mahindra lowest bidder again in India’s Andaman solar-storage retender

Major Indian solar EPC firm Mahindra Susten has put in the lowest bid for a solar and energy storage auction in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands for the second time, having seen its victory in the original auction torn away by authorities as they reportedly explored other sources of power generation.
 
The company has now quoted a price of ~INR1.33 billion (US$20.29 million) for the 20MW of... Read more..
Source: PV Tech