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Piyush Goyal rules out review of 5 per cent GST on solar equipment

Amidst reports that there is still lack of clarity on the 5 per cent goods and services tax (GST) levy on solar equipment, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has reiterated that there is no ambiguity as the government is very clear on the issue.

"There is no question of ambiguity on this. It has been made very clear that 5 per cent GST will be applicable on solar equipment. If they (equipment makers) still... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

National Green Tribunal cracks whip on major waste generators, slaps hefty fines

The National Green Tribunal today cracked the whip on major waste generators in the city, including 5-star hotels and banquet halls, slapping fines of as high as Rs 7 lakh each on some of them for not complying with the solid waste management rules. 

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar imposed hefty fines on these defaulting bodies for failing to properly manage and treat sewage. ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: NGT, waste management

PM Modi to interact with 200 Champions of Change

With a focus on building New India by 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with country's over 200 young entrepreneurs and start-ups across sectors on Friday in New Delhi.

The two day initiative named 'Champions of Change' to usher transformational change in the country through Government-Business partnerships was initiated by NITI Aayog on Wednesday.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Smart cities take shape two years after launch of Modi’s flagship mission

Two years after the Central government launched its flagship Smart City Mission, the cities have started smartening up. First off the blocks is Pune with its hi-tech command-and-control centre, which has been developed as the nerve centre for urban governance to centrally manage traffic, water and electricity supply and provide CCTV-based city surveillance.

The command-and-control centre is the first project... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Finance Ministry issues norms for Central offices to retrofit energy efficient appliances

The Union Finance Ministry has issued guidelines for mandatory installation of energy efficient appliances in all Central Government buildings across India.

It has directed that usage of LED based lightings and energy efficient cooling equipment such as fans and air conditioners in government buildings will lead to savings in the long run through reduction in energy consumption.

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Source: The Hindu

Centre readies report card on status of Prime Minister Modi’s promises

 The government has prepared a report card on the status of promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day address last year, identifying areas like rural roads, health, energy, welfare of farmers, tribals and freedom fighters as the focal points.

The report, prepared by the ministry of information and broadcasting, has also highlighted Aadhaar and the government’s plan to provide a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

DMRC’s Rewa solar power plan runs into trouble

A June order by the power ministry on inter-state electricity transmission charges could affect Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd’s (DMRC) plan to buy power from one of the world’s largest solar power project at a single site in Madhya Pradesh, forcing both DMRC and the state government to seek relief from the ministry of new and renewable energy.

DMRC may have to bear an additional 91 paise per unit cost due... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Grid Connectivity for Wind Power: Making a case for bid winners

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has made a strong pitch before the central electricity regulator seeking that wind developers who have bagged projects at recent bidding exercises and those who go on to win bids in future auctions be accorded “priority” for getting transmission connectivity to the grid. The ministry, in its August 11 missive to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), has cited the need for “regulatory support” as a prerequisite to achieve the Centre’s 60,000-MW wind... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Government may miss December 2020 deadline to clean Ganga river, says parliamentary panel

A parliamentary panel on Thursday expressed apprehension that due to slow pace of work, the government may miss the deadline of making river Ganga clean by 2020.

The Standing Committee on Water Resources, in its Demand for Grants (2017-18) for Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, asked the ministry to fast track the projects to ensure expeditious cleaning of the river.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

India set to unveil new biofuel policy in bid to cut oil, gas, coal imports: Minister

The government will soon bring out a new policy on biofuel to incentivize the use of the cleaner fuel, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said. 

To cut India’s dependence on imported crude oil, the government has been promoting the use of biofuel for years but has tasted limited success. Over the years, the official mandate to oil companies to blend ethanol and biodiesel in certain proportion in petrol and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

CPCB given extended producer responsibility authorisation under the new e-waste rules

The Central Pollution Control Board has been given the Extended Producer Responsibility(EPR) authorisation under the new e-waste rules, diverting it from the state pollution boards, the

Environment Ministry has told a parliamentary panel.
The Ministry said this in its reply to the Committee of Subordinate Legislations 2016-17 whose 23rd report on action taken by the government on recommendations of... Read more..

Source: India Today In

Declare village electrified only when all families get power: Panel

A parliamentary panel has recommended that a village should be declared electrified only after providing power connections to all households there.

At present, all those villages with 10 per cent families with electricity connection can be declared electrified under the government's rural electrification programme.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: electricity, power for all

Govt approves 10 Namami Gange projects worth Rs 2,033 cr

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh worth about Rs 2,033 crore, the Centre said today.

"Eight of these projects pertain to sewage infrastructure and treatment, one to river front development and another to Ganga Knowledge Centres," the Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement.

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Source: Press Trust of India

Over 680 textile mills closed as on June 2017: Government

As many as 682 textile mills were closed as on June end this year and 232 of them were in Tamil Nadu, the government said today.      

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani told the Lok Sabha that 1,399 textile mills were operational as on June 30. All of them are in the non-small scale industry.      

At the end... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Plastic carrybags completely banned in 17 states, Union Territories: Government

Altogether 17 states and Union territories have imposed complete ban on manufacture, sale and use of plastic carrybags, the Lok Sabha was informed today.     

"In the country, 17 states and UTs have imposed complete ban on manufacture, stock, sale and use of plastic carrybags, through directions or notifications and executive orders," Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.     ... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

First-Ever Lawsuit Over ‘Inadequate’ Climate Risk Disclosure Could Set New Precedent for Businesses

It is becoming increasingly important for companies to disclose information about long-term climate risks as more and more investors are using this information to inform financial decisions. While a general shift towards transparency is taking shape, many businesses still lag behind in sharing information about their environmental performance and impacts — as well as the consequences of a changing climate on their operations. However, the launch of the world’s first-ever climate disclosure lawsuit could help... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

ESG2.0: Investors Can Now Use AI, Big Data to Reveal Companies Real-Time ESG Momentum

This week, TruValue Labs unveiled its ESG Momentum™ score – the first ESG indicator that leverages artificial intelligence, big data and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) materiality framework – as part of its Insight360™ suite of products. The score reveals the positive or negative direction, or trend, of ESG performance based on daily data. ESG Momentum was built to serve investment professionals who know that today's company valuations depend heavily on environment, social and... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action.

In a brief statement, India's Permanent Mission to the UN said that India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change here yesterday.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India adds 4.8 GW of solar capacity in the first half of 2017

India has added 4.765 MW of solar power generation in the first half of 2017, surpassing the 4,313 MW installed during 2016.

Of this, 1,869 MW was added in the second quarter of 2017, according to Mercom India Research. While large-scale solar installations aggregated to 1,639 MW in Q2 2017, rooftop installations accounted for 230 MW.

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Source: Business Line

International Solar Alliance meet to host Fortune 500 companies CEOs, announce Solar Nobels

With New Delhi hosting the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) assembly in December, an ambitious outreach programme is in the works including hosting chief executives of Fortune 500 companies and starting a Solar Nobel prize.

The Indian imprint on the ISA will be visible with global awards to be launched in the names of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and astronaut Kalpana Chawla, according... Read more..

Source: livemint

IDFC arm raises Rs250 crore to refinance two solar plants

IDFC Alternatives Ltd’s India Infrastructure Fund II has raised long-term project finance of Rs250 crore by selling non-convertible debentures to infrastructure debt funds and financial institutions. The proceeds will be used to refinance two of its solar plants, which it has recently acquired from Gurgaon-based Punj Lloyd group and to repay existing loans.

The acquisition of the two plants, both located in... Read more..

Source: livemint

Indian Scientists Turn Sugar Industry Waste Into Next-Gen Battery Material

Indian scientists have demonstrated that waste water from some of the dirtiest industrial processes can be turned into a carbon source for preparation of energy storage materials.

Researchers led by scientists from Bhavnagar-based Central Salt and Marine Research Institute (CSMRI) have used sugar and distillery industry waste to develop functionalized carbon material which has energy storage properties. Such... Read more..

Source: Outlook India

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation plans a plant to convert construction waste into bricks

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) B ward, that covers areas like Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Dongri, Mohammad Ali Road and Yusuf Mehar Ali Road, has been planning to set up a plant to recycle construction and demolition waste, and use the recycled material for making bricks. The bricks made of recycled waste are similar in strength and used like earthen bricks.

At present, the ward office is looking... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Uncertainty over electric bus delays Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation's plan to go green

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation's (BMTC) plan to purchase 150 electric buses has hit a roadblock. Lack of clarity over battery technology, procurement and tendering process is delaying the acquisition of the green buses, say BMTC officials.

The BMTC is among the country's first urban transport utilities to have tested electric buses.The corporation's board has given in-principle approval to... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nettlinx acquires 51% stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power

Nettlinx Limited, a city-based internet infrastructure company today announced acquisition of a controlling 51 per cent stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power Projects Limited, a firm involved in developing and implementing a viable and environmentally sustainable 12 MW power plant, a renewable energy project.

According to a statement issued by Nettlinx, the proposed "state-of-the-art" power plant, will... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld