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Shell India launches accelerator programme for energy startups in the clean-tech, mobility and energy efficiency solutions segments

Oil and energy major Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Indian arm has launched the maiden edition of its pan-India accelerator programme for energy startups, a company statement said.
Christened Shell E4 (energising and enabling energy entrepreneurs), the programme will support early-stage, pilot or post-pilot stage startups in the energy space, the statement added.

“The Shell E4 Programme provides a platform for... Read more..

Source: VC Circle

L&T wins government order to supply 2.5 million smart meters

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has won half of the government's order to supply 5 million smart metres for its energy efficiency programme, according to a top executive of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the company that conducted the tender. 

The smart metres are being procured as part of the government’s smart grid project, which is aimed at improving power distribution... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

European Investment Bank signs partnership pact with Solar Alliance

The European Investment Bank today inked a partnership agreement with International Solar Alliance for an 800 million euro financial aid to support India's clean energy project.

The partnership between the two bodies will mobilise finance to develop affordable solar energy in countries that get ample sunlight.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Essel Infra commissions 55 Megawatt solar projects in UP, Karnataka

Essel Infraprojects Ltd (EIL) today said it has commissioned 55 MW capacity solar projects in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

The company is already managing 165 MW capacity solar projects in the country, a company statement said.

It also said as part of its commitment towards generating green energy, Essel... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Rural Electrification Corp agrees to reduce interest rate on loan to Andhra by 2 per cent

Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) of India has agreed to reduce the interest rate on loans to be given to Andhra Pradesh by 2 per cent.

The chief secretary of the state thanked the REC for the help that would benefit exchequer up to the extent of Rs. 200 crore per annum. REC Chairman and Managing Director Dr... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Adani Enterprises to demerge renewable energy business to simplify structure

 Adani Enterprises announced plans to demerge its renewable energy business into associate company Adani Green Energy Ltd as part of simplifying overall business structure. Post demerger scheme, which has been approved by the boards of the two companies, Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) would be listed on the exchanges. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India needs large lithium-ion battery plants for EVs push: Niti Aayog

India is required to set up large lithium-ion batteries (LiBs) manufacturing plants to become a global player in electric vehicles (EVs) technology market, Niti Aayog member V K Saraswat has said.

As the government is looking to give a major push to use of EVs, Saraswat said the main challenge would be in reducing the cost of lithium-ion battery used in such vehicles. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EU split on carbon market reform ahead of U.N. climate change talks

Splits among European Union policymakers over carbon market reforms could foil attempts next week to reach a deal ahead of United Nations climate talks in November, EU sources said.

Negotiators for EU nations and the European Parliament meet on Oct. 12 after months of talks to try to finalise a legal text on reforms to the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) post-2020.

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Source: ET Energyworld

MNRE asks Tamil Nadu to prevent curtailment of solar power

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has written to the Tamil Nadu government, urging it to prevent arbitrary curtailment, or backdowns, of solar power in the state.

In a letter dated September 18, Dilip Nigam, advisor-National Solar Mission, MNRE, urged Vikram Kapur, principal secretary in the Tamil Nadu government, to “instruct the concerned officials at the Tamil Nadu Generation and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Wind power tariff falls to new low of Rs 2.64 per unit; Renew, Inox, Adani among winning firms

New Delhi: Wind energytariffs quoted by bidders in India fell to a new low of Rs 2.64 per unit in the latest and second round of auction for 1,000 Megawatt capacity projects conducted by the government. Five firms were selected as winners including Renew Power, Inox Wind, Green Infra, Adani Green and Orange Sironj.

“The wind tariff in India touched lowest level of Rs 2.64 per kWh in the second wind auction... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat to get two more solar parks

The solar power park will be developed in three phases at a cost of Rs 259 crore and attract investment of Rs 2,800 crore: Chiman Sapariya
Gujarat will soon be home to two more solar power parks. The state government, on Thursday, commenced work on a 700 MW Ultra Mega... Read more..
Source: DNA India
Subject Tags: solar

SECI tenders for EPC on 200MW of solar PV for Coal India under DCR

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a tender for EPC services on two 100MW(AC)solar PV projects for state-owned mining corporate Coal India Limited (CIL) in Madhya Pradesh.

The projects will be located at the Neemuch-Mandsaur Solar Park and will require content to be sourced locally, as under the Domestic Content Requirement (DRC).

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Source: PV Tech

Mahindra & Mahindra to invest up to Rs 4,000 crore to boost electric vehicle business

Mumbai: Having lost out the prestigious government electric vehicle order to Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s leading electric vehicle maker is not perturbed and has set its eye on bigger things in the future.

The maker of Scorpio and Bolero SUV, which has so far invested close to Rs 500 crore in the business, will be... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Fortum, NBCC agree on developing e-vehicle charging infrastructure across India

New Delhi: Finland-based energy company Fortum on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with state-owned NBCC (India) Ltd for developing electric vehicle charging infrastructure across India.

The agreement covers planning, designing, investing and operating the charging infrastructure using cloud-based system. “India is an... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ABB India Submits Bid For 4,500 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Indian arm of Swiss power equipment and robotics company ABB has submitted a bid to provide 4,500 charging points as part of the government’s tender to procure electric vehicles to push cleaner transport.


“We already provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure in some of... Read more..
Source: Bloomberg|Quint

Air quality in Delhi deteriorates, enters red zone

The System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting Research (SAFAR), under the Ministry of Earth Sciences which monitors air pollution said that the air quality of the National Capital has become poor as of today and as much as of prediction, it is likely to worsen in the coming few days.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recently sky rocketed to 219 (... Read more..

Source: New Delhi Times

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions fall 2 pct in 2016, led by power industry - EPA

Washington: Greenhouse gas emissions from America's largest industrial facilities fell 2 percent in 2016 to 2.99 billion tonnes, led by a large cut from the powersector, according to data published on Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The decline, which came in the final year of Barack Obama's presidency, brings the total... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Boeing-backed, electric-hybrid airliner set to hit market in 2022

NEW YORK: A Seattle-area startup backed by the venture arms of Boeing Co and JetBlue Airways Corp plans to bring a small hybrid-electric airliner to market by 2022 that can dramatically reduce the travel time and cost of trips under 1,000 miles (1,600 km), it said.

The first of several aircraft planned by Zunum Aero would seat up to 12... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tariff for wind energy at record low of Rs 2.83/unit

Wind energy tariffs dipped to a new low of less than Rs 3 per unit, dropping sharply from the previous record of Rs 3.42, in an auction for 1,000 megawatts of projects that continued late into Wednesday evening. One bidder offered Rs 2.83 per unit in Solar Energy Corporation of India’s second auction of wind projects that started on Wednesday afternoon.

The steep fall in wind energy tariffs mirrors the trend... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ESCerts sale more than double to 23,295 on IEX

The sale of energy saving certificates (ESCerts) more than doubled to 23,295 at Indian Energy Exchange’s recent trading session.

“In the trading session held on October 3, 2017 at the IEX, a total of 23,295 ESCerts were traded at Rs 1,200 per ESCert. This was 113 per cent higher than last week s trade, which was 10,904 ESCerts,” an IEX statement said.

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India set to overtake the European Union in expansion of new renewable energy generation capacity: International Energy Agency

With the Modi government’s mega push for clean energy generation capacities, India is set to overtake the European Union in expansion of new renewable energy generation capacity for the first time, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

India's move to address the financial health of its power utilities and tackle grid-integration issues drive a more optimistic forecast, the Paris-based agency... Read more..

Source: International Energy Agency (IEA)

Government sets up committee for water management in north-east

With the aim of helping India’s flood-ravaged north-east, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has set up a high-level committee to evolve a strategy for management of the region’s water resources.

“The committee will facilitate optimising benefits of appropriate water management in the form of hydro-electric power, agriculture, bio-diversity conservation, reduced flood damage erosion, inland... Read more..

Source: Livemint
Subject Tags: India, Water Management

Maharashtra power utility offers to install solar panels for green Metro

Mahametro’s endeavour to become ‘Green Metro’ in the country has received a boost with state-run power generation company Mahagenco (Maharashtra State Power Generation Corporation Ltd) offering to install solar panels for Mahametro in its Nagpur project. Mahametro plans to meet 65% power demand through solar panels and the total installed capacity required is 14 MW. It is the only Metro agency to go for solar power in a major way right from the outset.

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Source: ET Energyworld

IFC & Karo Sambhav Collaborate to Build a Sustainable Electronic Waste Solution for India

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has partnered with Karo Sambhav, a collective producer responsibility organization (PRO) engaged in developing and implementing responsible electronic waste (e-waste) management solutions across India for its member producers. Electronic waste refers to discarded electrical or electronic devices, including phones, computers, tablets, refrigerators, air conditioners amongst others.

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Source: BW Online Bureau

Researchers at University of Houston Begin $1.4 Million Energy Project with Oil India using carbon dioxide capture

A research team led by Indian American Prof. Ganesh Thakur at the University of Houston has begun a $1.4 million project to demonstrate using carbon dioxide captured from nearby petrochemical plants to boost oil recovery in a field in the Indian state of Assam, a project which will help to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, the university announced in a Sept. 25 news release.

The project is part of an... Read more..

Source: India-West