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Government brings in new norms on solar power procurement

The government has implemented new rules for buying power from grid-linked solar power projects through competitive bidding under the National Solar Mission to improve transparency and standardise auctions. 

These guidelines, prepared by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), cover the grid-connected solar PV power projects with a size of 5 mw and above, an official said. 

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Source: The Economic Times

States producing wind energy asked to ensure regulatory nod for power purchase agreements

The Centre has asked wind energy-producing states to ensure regulatory approval of power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed when tariffs and equipment costs were higher, and use special powers under the Electricity Act to issue directions to autonomous regulators in public interest, if necessary.

Wind energy tariffs set by regulators varied between Rs 4 and Rs 6 per khH but tumbled toRs 3.46 per kwH after the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government eases environmental clearance rules for solar power projects, parks

In move that would bring relief to solar power developers, the Union environment ministry has said that provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification, 2006, which mandate environmental clearance for various projects, will not apply to solar PV (photovoltaic) power projects, solar thermal power projects and solar parks.

The ministry has, however, clarified that the disposal of PV cells... Read more..

Source: livemint

Rapped by CAG, thermal plant maker Bhel to focus on solar

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (Bhel) is changing its business model to focus on solar power generation, create equipment to help thermal plants drastically reduce emissions and get a larger share of transportation business like metro coaches.

This follows the recent rap by the Comptroller and Auditor General for not doing enough to diversify and grow aggressively.

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Source: Daily News and Analysis

Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries said to mull India power storage with BP

Reliance Industries Ltd, owned by Mukesh Ambani, is considering entering the power-storage business with its partner BP Plc. to expand into the country’s growing renewable energy sector, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.

The companies are considering a plan to set up energy-storage projects near solar- and wind-energy installations, the people said, asking not to be identified, citing... Read more..

Source: livemint

IIT Madras turbine may generate power from ocean waves

A team of 25 faculty members and students from the ocean engineering department in Indian Institute of Technology Madras have begun testing a prototype of a turbine they have developed which converts wave energy into electricity. The ‘impulse’ turbine works with a unidirectional rotor powered by a generator. The system will be tested in oceans by the end of the year.

Associate professor Abdus Samad said the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Submit action plan, status report on pollution in Bellandur lake: NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday summoned top officials from Karnataka and asked them to come up with a plan and status report over pollution in Bengaluru’s Bellandur lake.

A bench headed by NGT chief Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the Secretary of Karnataka’s Urban Development Ministry and Lake Development Authority to submit an action plan on cleaning the lake within ten days.... Read more..

Source: India.com

Mumbai amongst 17 most-polluted cities in Maharashtra: Minister

As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Mumbai features amongst the 17 most-polluted cities in Maharashtra and 123 cities from the country, a state minister said.

Mumbai and Navi Mumbai figure in the list of the most polluted cities and the state government intends to make Maharashtra pollution-free by 2022 by adopting various pollution control measures, minister of state for environment Pravin... Read more..

Source: Money Control
Subject Tags: environment, pollution

International Solar Alliance to be ratified multilateral agency of UN by Dec

The International Solar Alliance is likely to be a recognised multilateral agency of the United Nations by this year end. Speaking at 8th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress, Minister of State (Independent Charge) Coal, Power, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal said, “Before the end of this calendar, we will see the International Solar Alliance as a multilateral agency ratified by the first 15 countries who would then be founding members.”

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Source: Business Line

Boost clean energy, reduce emission, or see economy dip: Piyush Goyal

Power Minister Piyush Goyal today underlined the importance of quickening efforts to promote clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emission failing which the global economy will slip into deceleration. 

The minister spoke of 3Ds -- De-carbonisation, more decentralisation and greater digitisation. 

"With... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Power launches electric vehicle charging facility

Tata Power today said it has installed its first electric vehicle charging facility at Vikhroli in Mumbai. 

Tata Power's aim is to build a network to make it easier for people to adopt to electric vehicles and be future ready, the company said in a statement. 

Such an adoption of smart charging... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Declining air quality due to greenhouse gases biggest global challenge: Goyal

Checking the rapid decline in environment quality caused by increasing greenhouse gas emissions globally has perhaps become the most important challenge for humanity, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.

"The last 10 to 15 years have seen a rapid decline in the quality of the atmosphere due to increasing greenhouse gas emissions globally and it has become probably the largest challenge before humanity... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: air quality, pollution

PPA renegotiation by discoms may adversely impact RE sector growth: ICRA

Recent attempts by state-owned power distribution utilities (discoms) in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh to renegotiate or cancel signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with wind and solar power developers could have an adverse impact on the renewable energy (RE) sector, credit ratings agency ICRA has said.

If implemented, the renegotiation could also impact the credit profile of the Independent... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: DISCOM, PPA, renewable energy

New catalyst could reduce diesel vehicle pollution

Scientists have developed a catalyst that can curb emissions of nitrogen oxides from diesel-powered vehicles, an advance that may help reduce air pollution and smog.

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) is a priority air pollutant that is a key ingredient in smog.

“Diesel engines power virtually all heavy-duty trucks, and... Read more..

Source: Business Line

NGT fines four government hospitals over waste disposal

The National Green Tribunal on Monday imposed fines on four government hospitals for not complying with the solid waste management rules. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar imposed environment compensation of Rs 50,000 each on Lady Hardinge Medical College and Indira Gandhi ESI, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospitals.

The green panel directed these hospitals... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Amaravati to be an energy-efficient capital city, says energy principal secretary

he state government is committed to develop Amaravati as one of the most energy-efficient cities in the country, said state energy principal secretary Ajay Jain.

Speaking at a conference on energy efficiency organised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) here on Friday, Jain said that BEE has already tied up with the state government to design and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

IBC SOLAR Signs Contract With SECI Over 20 MW Solar Plant in India

IBC SOLAR AG, a global leader in photovoltaic (PV) systems and energy storage, has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 20 MW AC solar plant with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project was part of a 270 MW AC PV tender in the state of Odisha and assigned to IBC SOLAR through a competitive auction process during 2016. The PV system is planned to be put into operation by late 2017.

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Source: New Kerala

Russia’s Rosatom eyes Inox’s wind turbine manufacturing business

Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp. is exploring an investment in Inox Group’s wind turbine manufacturing business, said two people aware of the development.

The Russian government company’s interest in India’s second largest wind-turbine maker by market share stems from its strategy to gain control over the supply chain, which in turn will help towards reining in costs and offer competitive tariffs... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Jammu and Kashmir on way to have renewable energy corporation

J&K government is all set to establish Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) to harness solar energy in a “big way” and focus on tapping other renewable forms of energy in the state, which is known for its vast hydropower resources.

Minister for science and technology Sajad Gani Lone who had floated the idea some time ago said Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has given go-ahead to the proposal for establishing... Read more..

Source: Greater Kashmir

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation commissions new construction waste recycling unit

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has commissioned a new facility at Rohini for recycling of construction and demolition waste generated by its construction works.

Inaugurated yesterday by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh, the plant can also be used by other agencies for recycling their construction related waste.
The DMRC said in a statement that construction waste generated by it are... Read more..

Source: India Today

Government exploring PPP model for handling e-waste in commercially viable manner

The Government is exploring the possibility of setting up an eco-park under public-private partnership mode to make research and development in e-waste recycling commercially viable, the environment ministry has told a parliamentary panel.

The Ministry said this to the Committee of Subordinate Legislation 2016-17 in its 23rd report on action taken by the government on the recommendations contained in the... Read more..

Source: Daily Excelsior

Street lighting programme lights up 50,000 km of roads with 3 million LEDs

The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has led to the illumination of 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country, the government said today.

The installation of 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kwh of annual energy savings, an official statement said. Further, it helped in reduction of 3.29 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Cochin Port Trust to set up second solar power plant of 100 Kilowatt capacity

The Cochin Port Trust (CPT) plans to set up its second solar power plant with 100kW capacity in its pump house at Willingdon Island.

“The Cochin Port is the only distribution agency which has been entrusted with the task of selling energy to other establishments on the Island. By embracing solar energy, CPT can considerably reduce its power procurement from Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). This... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Chandigarh CREST society resumes installing solar power plants

After UT electricity department started giving gross-meter connections, Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has started the process of installing solar power plants.

CREST is going to install rooftop solar power plants (SPV) of total capacity of 2350 kilowatt peak (kWp) at two different locations. The society intends to install an SPV of 1250 kWp at Sector 32 water... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nagpur boy builds eco-friendly electric car using scrap

What can one create using a broken plastic drum, a couple of buckets, and a few pieces of scrap iron rods and pipes, all of which were thrown out as garbage? In the case of 19-year-old Onkar Talmale, it is a car.

Studying at an air rifle shooting course in Pune, Talmale has no background in automobile engineering or any related field. He made the eco-friendly car out of sheer interest and diligence. Using... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld