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Power Ministry gives energy savings certificates to 38 lakh units

Power Ministry today said that it has issued more than 38 lakhs energy savings certificates to industries on the basis of their performance on energy efficiency parameters. 

"Ministry of Power has issued/entitled to purchase Energy Savings Certificates to Designated Consumers of Perform, Achieve and Trade Cycle I on February 16, 2017 on verification of their performance with regard to energy savings, based... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government sets target to triple nuclear power generation by 2024

Nuclear power generation capacity in the country is expected to reach nearly 15,000 MW by 2024 as the government has expedited the process of setting up new plants, Lok Sabha was informed today.

In 2014, India's nuclear power generation capacity was 4,780 MW.

Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh said a... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Global climate goals within 'feasible' reach: Survey

Led by cuts in coal-based power plants and thrust on renewable energy by India and China, the construction of such plants globally has witnessed a decline, indicating that global climate goals are within "feasible" reach, a new survey today said. 

The survey revealed that India and China have seen a significant slowdown in expansion of coal, which is a major cause of pollution and causes approximately 12... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Half of people facing water scarcity live in India, China

Half of the world's two-third population that live in areas that experience water scarcity at least one month a year are from India and China, a UN report said on Wednesday.

The 2017 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report, entitled "Wastewater: The Untapped Resource", said that two-thirds of the world's population currently live in areas that experience water scarcity for at least one... Read more..

Source: Zee News
Subject Tags: freshwater, water scarcity

India-Bangladesh-Russia civil nuclear power cooperation on the cards

India and Bangladesh are expected to sign a civilian nuclear deal during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India from April 7-10. This will lead to trilateral cooperation with Russia, which is building a nuclear power plant in Rooppur in Bangladesh.

The proposed deal, which will be India’s second such pact in the neighbourhood after the one with Sri Lanka, marks the first time India is joining hands... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nestle India commits to water stewardship, cuts use by 53 per cent

On the occasion of World Water Day, Nestle India on Wednesday said it has reduced its water consumption by 53 per cent and waste water discharge by 55 per cent for every tonne of production during the last 15 years as a commitment towards responsible water stewardship.

"Committed to responsible water stewardship, Nestle India is continuously working on conservation and optimal utilisation of water. Our... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Energy boost for Uttar Pradesh: Solar power park, panels in the offing

The district is fast emerging as a solar energy hub. As per the clearance given by UPNEDA (Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Agency), different institutions of the district have been picked up for installation of solar panels.

The institutions would even be selling the surplus solar energy to the northern grid. Along the lines of a project at Gujarat, an area of 100 hectare has been identified at Kosada... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: policy, solar, Solar Park

Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh refuse to pay higher tariff for wind power

Two of India’s high wind energy potential states have refused to buy wind power at a rate higher than the one arrived at the country’s first ever wind power auction, putting in jeopardy about 500 MW of projects in these states.

The auction, completed in February, had brought wind power tariff down steeply to Rs 3.46 per kwH.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: tariff, wind power

Assam's Majuli all set to become India's first carbon neutral district: Sonowal

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched initiatives to develop Majuli, world biggest river island, as India"s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage.

Launching 'Forests are Lives' campaign to celebrate the importance of Assam's rich forest and biodiversity, the Chief Minister urged people of the state to take a pledge to conserve its biodiversity to make a pollution free state... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Withdraw price distorting LED bulb distribution scheme: Industry to government

The LED industry has asked the government to withdraw its bulbs distribution scheme, alleging it is resulting in price distortion and discouraging retailers from selling the lamps.

However, state-run Energy Efficient Service Ltd (EESL), nodal agency for the distribution programme, rubbished the allegation, with its managing director Saurabh Kumar saying data shows that the scheme is helping the industry grow... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: LED, UJALA scheme

Maharashtra to restart wind power purchase agreements after 3 years

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company, the main power utility, is set to resume signing power purchase agreements with wind developers in the state after a gap of almost three years.

"The discom has assured us that pending PPAs of wind projects will be signed right away," said Sunil Jain, president of the Wind Independent Power Producers Association.

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Source: The Economic Times

India’s Upendra Tripathy to head International Solar Alliance

Upendra Tripathy, a former secretary of the renewable energy ministry, has been appointed interim director general of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which brings together countries with abundant sunshine with the aim of lowering solar energy costs.

India has taken a lead role in setting up the ISA—an alliance of 121 sunshine countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. The first... Read more..

Source: livemint

Government extends FAME-India scheme to promote electric vehicles

The government has extended demand incentives worth Rs 127.77 crore for purchase of over 1.11 lakh electric and hybrid vehicles under the FAME-India scheme.

"Under FAME-India scheme of the government, Department of Heavy Industry has extended demand incentives at Rs 127.77 crore for purchase of 1,11,897 electric/hybrid vehicles since inception of the scheme on 1 April, 2015 till February, 2017," Minister of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Majuli in Assam All Set to Become India’s 1st Carbon Neutral District

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday disclosed that the Sustainable Action for Climate Resilient Development in Majuli project is in progress.

The project initiated by the forest and environment ministry of Assam government aims to make River Island Majuli, India’s first ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020. The project has been kicked off to battle climate change and reduce greenhouse gas... Read more..

Source: Northeast Today

Al Ameen Green, Russian company to set up 100 MW solar in Tamil Nadu

Chennai-based Al Ameen Green Energy has tied up with a Russian company Miyota Power for setting up a 100-MW solar power plant near Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, according to a report in Russia and India Report.

The report says that Miyota Power will invest $80 million in the project and will also build the plant on turnkey basis.

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Source: Business Line

Record-breaking solar panel converts more than a quarter of sunlight into electricity

A record-breaking solar panel that can convert more than a quarter of the sunlight it receives into electricity has been developed by researchers in Japan.

The silicon solar cell is so efficient that it turns 26.3 per cent of the energy from the sun into renewable power.

In contrast, nature’s ‘solar panels... Read more..

Source: INDEPENDENT

Separate waste or pay fine - Civic body sets June 5 deadline for new rule in Bhubaneswar

The municipal corporation is set to make onsite segregation of waste compulsory for everyone from June 5 to effectively implement the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, of the Centre.

The Union ministry of urban development, which has set the deadline of June 5 to attain the goals, is also celebrating it as World Environment Day. The Centre has asked the urban local bodies to spread awareness about the need... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

Hindalco to set up Rs 150 crore solar park in Odisha

Aditya Birla Group-owned Hindalco Industries is planning to set up a 24 Mw solar power plant within the premises of its aluminium plant at Lapanga in Sambalpur district.

"The 24 Mw solar plant planned by Hindalco will come up at its campus in Sambalpur. The company intends to invest Rs 150 crore in the project to be spread over 120 acres of land available with the company", said a government official.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

China’s top solar module maker GCL-Poly Energy eyes India

China’s largest solar equipment maker GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd plans to invest in India, attracted by the nation’s emerging green economy.

As part of its India entry plan, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd is in talks with Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group to set up a solar module manufacturing facility. The Hong Kong-listed firm, which acquired bankrupt SunEdison’s solar material business last year, also plans... Read more..

Source: livemint

NGT to hear air pollution matter today

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will on Wednesday hear the air pollution matter.

The NGT which has fixed fines for farmers for burning agriculture waste, earlier on March 16 asked the Delhi Government and the four neighbouring states to inform it about the action plan to prevent pollution from crop burning after the harvesting season.

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Source: WebIndiia 123
Subject Tags: air pollution, NGT

Rajasthan to install 10,000 solar pumps

The state government will install 10,000 solar pumps in 2017-18 at a cost ₹395 crore, agriculture and animal husbandry minister Prabhu Lal Saini told the assembly on Tuesday.

Till now, only 3-5 horsepower (HP) pumps were included in this scheme, but now pumps of 7.5-10 HP will be included, he said. The minister said 35.52 lakh farmers have been provided soil health cards and soon cards will be provided to... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Railways aims to save up to Rs. 400 cr annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water

The Railways aims to cut down its water bill and save up to Rs. 400 crore annually with a roadmap for buying recycled water from private players.

With the dual aim of conserving the precious resource and reducing its consumption, the Railways will unveil its water policy, a first for the national transporter, for extensive use of treated water from water treatment plants for non—drinking purposes.... Read more..

Source: Business Line

India sanctions benchmarks costs for small-scale and rooftop solar

India has sanctioned the benchmark costs for grid-connected rooftop and small-scale solar PV plants for 2017/18, according to a Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) release.

Vinay Rustagi, managing director at consultancy firm Bridge to India, told PV Tech: “These numbers are essentially used to decide how much subsidy to give to rooftop companies.

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Source: PV-Tech

Government to crack the whip on 1,000 polluting industries along Ganga

The government has decided to crack the whip on 1,000 industrial units across five states along the Ganga that are continuing to empty untreated waste into the river.

After the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recently identified these 1,000 polluting industries, the Union water resources ministry under the Namami Gange programme has started a special drive to inspect them to find out if they are... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

US-based Evergreen Power in talks to raise $100 mn for India

US-based Evergreen Power is in talks with investors, including private equity, infrastructure funds and strategic investors, to raise up to $100 million in equity to ramp up its wind energy projects in India, its top executive told ET.

The company wants to bring 280 megawatts (MW) of wind energy online in the next 12 months in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times