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EESL to raise Rs 1,000 cr for retrofitting efficient appliances in Maharashtra, railway stations

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) will in the next few months raise over Rs 1,000 crore through corporate bonds to retrofit conventional appliances in government offices in Maharashtra and few railway stations with energy efficient appliances, its managing director Saurabh Kumar said.

The company will in the first tranche raise Rs 500 crore through the bonds next month. The funds will utilised... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Electric vehicles project FAME moved to Niti Aayog from Dept of Heavy Industries

The cabinet secretariat has shifted the electric vehicles programme to Niti Ayog from the department of heavy industries as most ministries wanted to have a say in the high-profile mission.

The moving of FAME or Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles programme to government’s premier think tank will help synchronise efforts of the different departments of the government to move... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

QOS Energy delivers innovative energy management system to SunHydrO's Solar plus Storage R&D project

QOS Energy, a leading renewable O&M analytics software provider, has completed the delivery of an innovative Energy Management System to SunHydrO, a combined renewable energy and storage R&D project led by French aggregator Sun'R Smart Energy. The SunHydrO project aims to foster the grid integration of variable renewable energy sources with the added flexibility offered by pumped hydro storage units.

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Source: Energetica India

Over 12,000 solar pumps distributed to farmers in Chhattisgarh

Over 12,000 solar pumps have been distributed so far to the farmers at subsidised rates under 'Saur Sujala Yojna' in Chhattisgarh. "About 12,161 solar powered pumps had been provided to the farmers till now against the target of 11,300 under 'Saur Sujala Yojna' since the inception of the scheme in November last year," an energy department official said here today. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Dell Says ‘Ocean Plastic’ Packaging Is Cost-Effective, Scalable

Dell has begun shipping its XPS 13 in materials made in part from plastic pollution from the ocean. The company spent about 18 months doing a detailed assessment and validation, followed by a pilot, based on using ocean plastic in a way that is cost-effective and commercially scalable.

The notebook is nestled inside a gift box, resting upon a tray made from high-density polyethylene, which in turn is made up... Read more..

Source: Environment Leader

Fine on Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) for pollution: NGT refuses to modify order

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to modify its order directing UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) to pay a fine of Rs 2 lakh per day for a non-functional waste treatment plant in Ghaziabad’s Tronica City. The integrated industrial township was conceived in the 1990s to develop the industrially-backward area of Loni and to attract the untapped entrepreneurial skills of northeast Delhi. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim ordered the UPSIDC to immediately comply with its June 12... Read more..

Source: Financial Express
Subject Tags: NGT, policy, waste treatment

Major players stay away from Tamil Nadu’s oversubscribed 1.5GW solar tender

Although Tamil Nadu’s latest 1.5GW solar tender has seen significant oversubscription, with 3,774.5MW of submissions, most of the key solar players in India have not participated.

Jasmeet Khurana, associate director, consulting, at Bridge to India, told PV Tech: “Even though the bid is oversubscribed, participation is largely from local players.”

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Source: PV Tech

Delhi power department opens registration for rooftop solar power plants

The Delhi government’s power department today said it has opened registration process for installation of rooftop solar power plants in the city, as it aims to tap one Giga Watt of green energy by the year 2020. “The registration process has been opened for residents of Delhi in the residential, institutional and social sector categories under the city government’s solar policy of 2016 and Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (Net Metering for Renewable Energy) Regulations 2014,” a senior official said... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Centre removes interstate supply charges on solar power projects till December 2019

Solar power projects will be exempted from interstate transmission charges till the end of December 2019, making it feasible to compete with thermal power. The decision was taken by the ministry of power in consultation with the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) and other stakeholders since imposition of charges would have raised cost of using solar power from another state by Rs 1-2.50 per kwH, depending... Read more..

Source: ET Power

Andhra Pradesh embarks on mission to reduce power bills

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday emphasised the need to adopt a five-point strategy to achieve the task of reducing power bills in the state with a view to bringing down the financial burden on the common man. He also emphasised the need for supplying highly qualitative uninterrupted power.
Implementation of second phase power sector reforms by promoting renewable energy sources, strengthening of generation, transmission and distribution sectors, energy efficiency measures,... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Ashok Leyland unveils new range of ‘intelligent’ emission tech products

Commercial vehicles manufacturer Ashok Leyland has unveiled a range of products based on ‘Intelligent Exhaust Gas Recirculation (iEGR)’ technology at its Zonal Conference 2017 here on Friday.
The company said the new technology, which was unveiled in April, would aid in achieving the BS-IV emission norms that were adopted by the country on April 1 this year.
The ban on sale and registration of BS-III vehicles by the Supreme Court starting April 1, had left a number of auto manufacturers with... Read more..

Source: Business Line

No further relief to textile sector: GST Council

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council said that no more relief will be given to the textile sector before the bill is rolled out on July 1. Prior to the 17th GST Council meeting that was held on June 18, industry associations had urged finance minister Arun Jaitley to exempt yarn and fabric from GST and bring various job works under the 5 per cent slab.
A day before the 17th Council meeting, the... Read more..
Source: Fibre2Fashion

Cheaper loans, lower registration fee for green homes soon

The government is working on a scheme to promote energy efficient homes by offering cheaper loans and lower registration fee for green residential units as it ramps up efforts to mitigate climate change by moving towards a net zero-energy building regime.
Government sources said the proposal is part of ongoing discussions on framing the 'Energy Conservation Building Code for Residential Sector (ECBC-R)' on the lines of such a code for government and commercial buildings framed in 2007.
Minister... Read more..
Source: The Economic Times

Sweden Passes Law to Be Completely Carbon Neutral by 2045

In Brief
The Swedish government has passed a law that implements measures to make the country carbon neutral by 2045. The legislation is a major milestone in both Swedish history and global climate change policy.
Sweden’s New Goals
Yesterday, June 15, the Swedish government passed a proposal intended to make the country carbon neutral by 2045. The legislation was approved by a 254 to 41 majority (86 percent) and will take effect on January 1, 2018. The drafters of the proposal call it the... Read more..
Source: Futurism
Subject Tags: carbon neutrality, policy

China, ADB launch green financing platform to fight pollution

China and the pollution in the smog-hit State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC), as well as China's finance ministry and National Development and Reform Commission. The bank late last year approved a loan of 458 million euros ($510.58 million) for the platform, which it says will leverage 3.6 billion euros in domestic commercial financing. According to Hebei delegates attending an annual session of parliament in March, the government is only expected to provide around 10-15 percent of the 3-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Classify textile job work under 5% GST slab: Federation of Indian Exports Organisation (FIEO)

Federation of Indian Exports Organisation (FIEO) has urged the government to bring textile job works including embroidery, cutting and garmenting under the 5 per cent GST slab. As tasks like finishing, packing, washing or pressing, dyeing, knitting and more are outsourced by manufacturers, the association has appealed to place them under the lowest slab.

In a letter sent to finance minister Arun Jaitley,... Read more..
Source: Fibre2Fashion

Gujarat power utility GUVNL invites bids to procure 1,000 MW renewable energy

The state-run power utility, Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), has decided to buy 1,000MW of renewable power through competitive bidding, which will be followed by an e-auction for the lowest price. The company floated two separate tenders for procuring 500MW each from solar and wind power projects.
According to the request for selection (RFS) document, GUVNL has invited bids to procure solar and wind power to fulfil renewable power purchase obligations (RPO) and to meet the future needs of its... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Bihar eyes Rs 20,000 crore investment in renewable energy in five years

Bihar is eyeing an investment of Rs 20,000 crore in the renewable energy sector in the next five years to generate over 3,000 MW of clean energy, officials on Thursday said here.

The plan is part of the new renewable energy policy that aims to tap the potential of new and renewable sources of energy in the state.

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Source: ET Energyworld

6 MW solar energy to power metro stations and maintain trains

Metro stations will soon go green. Solar power will be used to run facilities at the stations as well as for maintenance of trains.

Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (Cmrl) has signed a contract with a private company to install solar panels, with the capacity to generate 6MW of power in total, in all metro stations. While the solar panels atop Cmrl’s Koyambedu building is likely to save more than Rs 1 crore a year,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

No occupancy certificate without solar power panel: Haryana Urban Development Authority

Two years after making it mandatory for all buildings on plots of 500 square metres or more to install rooftop solar power systems, the state government has issued a notification directing all authorities to appoint nodal officers for strict implementation of the scheme in buildings, including residential ones.

According to the new notification, Huda will issue occupancy certificate (OC) for a building on... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Rajasthan invites Japanese firms in solar energy sector

Jaipur, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday invited Japanese companies to invest in solar energy sector in the state.

In her meeting with a delegation of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) here, she said solar energy is the power of the future and Rajasthan is the ideal destination for investment in Solar Energy.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi government's Indraprastha Power Generation to install 2.5 MV rooftop solar plants

Indraprastha Power Generation (IPGCL), the power generation arm of the Delhi government, is set to install 2.5 mw rooftop solar plants over several state-owned buildings spread across the city. These solar plants are expected to generate enough energy to power 1,500 homes and save Rs 55 lakh through lower electricity bills in buildings where they would be set up. The buildings, which include five educational institutions and Dilli Haat, come under the commercial tariff category that has an average tariff of... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Tamil Nadu interested on low floor electric vehicle buses: Ashok Leyland

Tamil Nadu Government has shown interest to purchase low floor, air conditioned electric vehicle CIRCUIT provided by Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland, a top official said today.

"The Minister after inspecting the bus yesterday said he was interested in low floor, air conditioned bus. We will be showcasing an electric vehicle with battery swap technology in the coming days", Ashok Leyland, Head-Global Bus... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Clarify stand on Ganga encroachments, National Green Tribunal tells Centre and others

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Centre and other stakeholders to clarify their stand on demarcation and encroachments on the floodplains of the Ganga from Haridwar to Unnao. The green panel asked the ministries of environment and water resources, the National Mission for Clean Ganga, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Uttar Pradesh government and others to file written submissions on the matter.

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Source: The Indian Express

Cummins to make electric powertrains for city buses in 2019

Engine maker Cummins Inc plans to start production of electric powertrains for transit buses in cities around the world in 2019, executives said on a conference call on Wednesday.

Company executives said that more industrial and commercial uses will follow in the years to come, especially as the battery range for electric vehicles increases.

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Source: ET Energyworld