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Freshwater pollution will be prime cause of death by 2050, warns UN report

Pollutants in our freshwater systems will see anti-microbial resistance become the number one cause of death by 2050, warns a landmark UN report compiled produced by 250 scientists from 70 countries. The report was released here on Wednesday during UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level environmental forum. The report - sixth edition of ‘Global Environment Outlook’ - informs that if environment... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Phase II of Rooftop Solar Scheme approved

Phase II of the scheme provides central financial assistance (CFA) for setting up of 4 GW of grid-connected rooftop solar plants in residential sector and incentives to discoms based on achievement for installing additional grid-connected rooftop capacity over and above the base level with the incentives limited to the first additional 18 GW rooftop capacity installed across the country. For the total 38 GW... Read more..

Source: PV magazine

Bengaluru: Over 17,000 Bescom meters in Tumakuru to go smart

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) will soon start work on the advanced metering infrastructure project, wherein 17,615 domestic and commercial meters in Tumakuru city will go smart. Tumakuru Smart City Ltd (TSCL) has identified three feeders in Tumakuru town for the project, which will be executed at a cost of Rs 17.5 crore. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

GE T&D India bags Rs 150 crore order for Rajasthan grid modernization

GE T&D India Ltd, part of GE’s grid solutions business in India, today announced it has bagged a Rs 150 crore order from Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (RRVPNL) for modernisation of its power grid network. The technology-driven project is part of the power utility’s roadmap – called Smart Transmission Network and Asset Management System (STNAMS) -- to implement grid initiatives and augmenting renewable energy in the state. Renewable sources account for around 34 per cent of Rajasthan’s total... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Two further tenders for 2.8GW announced in India

Gujarat has issued its second tender for 1GW of wind power through the competitive bidding process. The first tender for 500MW in December 2017 saw a record low tariff of INR 2,440/MWh ($35.28/MWh) leading to significant turbulence in the wind sector. The latest tender issued by state utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) allows a bid capacity range of 25MW to 300MW. The other major tender conditions include a standard 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and allowance to claim fiscal incentives. The last date for bid submission is 30 March. It comes on the heels of a recently... Read more..

Source: Wind Power Monthly

TERI to set up incubation centre in Odisha for biotech solutions

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), one of country’s leading think-tanks, will set up an industrial incubation facility of TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Research Centre, in Odisha. The facility will support development of biotechnology solutions to address issues affecting agriculture, environment and energy. “The... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Female workers boost efficiency by 5% in Bangla RMG sector

Female supervisors have boosted efficiency by five per cent in the garment sector in Bangladesh, says an initiative by Better Work Bangladesh. The Gender Equality and Returns (GEAR) initiaitve jointly implemented by International Labour Organisation and International Finance Corporation promoted more women in supervisory roles in the garment sector. Rolled out in 2016, the programme has made significant strides in advancing women’s economic potential and improving access to better jobs and opportunities for... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

India and China are leading the way towards a sustainable growth model

As the two largest emerging economies, China and India are already at the forefront of economic growth and development. Now, they are becoming global leaders by taking ambitious steps to combat climate change. And by incorporating bold climate action into their economic strategies, they are demonstrating new approaches to growth in the global South. Each country faces unique development challenges, but they also... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Environment damage behind one in four global deaths, disease: UN

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-including emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy, it warned. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) -- a report six years in the making... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Govt modifies solar park scheme to ease land, evacuation constraints

The government has modified the existing scheme for development of solar parks and ultra mega solar parks in a bid to ease constraints related to availability of land and evacuation infrastructure. “In order to address the two most critical elements such as land and power evacuation infrastructure for solar parks, a new mode is being introduced for development of renewable energy parks (solar/wind/hybrid/other RE... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

UN calls for urgent rethink as resource use skyrockets

Rapid growth in extraction of materials is the chief culprit in climate change and biodiversity loss – a challenge that will only worsen unless the world urgently undertakes a systemic reform of resource use, according to a report released at the UN Environment Assembly. Global Resources Outlook 2019, prepared by the International Resource Panel, examines the trends in natural resources and their corresponding... Read more..

Source: UN Environment

GPFC's green shift may unsettle Reliance, ONGC, Indian Oil, Oil India

The decision of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund to stop investing in oil and gas explorers globally may affect Indian companies, such as Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corp. Ltd (ONGC), Indian Oil Corp. Ltd (IOC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL), where the $1 trillion fund has made investments.The decision of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) comes against the backdrop of... Read more..

Source: Livemint

BSES commissions solar micro grids with battery storage

BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL) on Tuesday said it has launched a pilot to establish solar micro grids, becoming one of the first discoms in the country to do so in an urban setting. “These micro grids will combine rooftop solar with lithium-ion-based battery energy storage systems. As a technology demonstrator, four such micro grids have been set-up at BYPL offices in East Delhi,” BSES said in a statement. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Better-than-expected power tariff policy to give NTPC a boost

The new Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) tariff regulations for the period 2019 to 2024 are better than what the Street anticipated. NTPC, India’s largest power producer, would be the biggest beneficiary given that it has the maximum share in the country’s power agreements. Analysts expect NTPC earnings to rise up to 8 per cent FY20 onward against earlier concerns of earnings downgrades if the... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Primark releases 100% sustainable denim collection

Primark has launched its first-ever sustainable denim collection as it aims to shift towards sustainably-sourced products. The new women’s jeans are made with 100 per cent sustainable cotton which is purchased from Primark’s Sustainable Cotton Programme. They are priced from £13 and will be available in the value... Read more..

Source: Retail Gazette

L&T bags orders worth Rs 1,000 cr-Rs 2,500 cr from power T&D projects

Larsen & Toubro's (L&T) construction arm has bagged orders worth Rs 1,000 cr- Rs 2,500 cr for power transmission and distribution projects, the engineering major said on Tuesday. L&T Construction will execute these engineering, procurement, and construction orders in India and abroad. The orders include... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Indian solar tendering rolls on with another major co-located storage issuance

India has continued to fling out solar tenders with 1.2GW in Madhya Pradesh, 275MW in Uttar Pradesh, and a significant solar-plus-storage tender in Andhra Pradesh. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) invited bids for 1.2GW of Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar projects in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, a state with excellent solar resources, but with less power demand than other parts of India hence the national grid connection. SECI also released a notice of interest (NIT) for setting up 275MW of grid-connected PV projects in a solar park in the northern... Read more..

Source: PV tech

NHPC aims to boost capacity to 10 GW by 2022: Chairman

India's state-run hydroelectricity producer NHPC Ltd plans to raise its capacity by about 30 percent to 10 gigawatt by 2022, its chairman Balraj Joshi said on Monday. Thermal power accounts for about two-thirds of India's overall 347 GW electricity generation capacity. New Delhi has set a target to install 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Gujarat likely to provide land for centre’s wind power projects

Wind power producers may soon get a breather from the stand-off over land allotment in Gujarat with the state finally planning to help centrally auctioned projects. The state’s revenue department has directed district collectors to help such projects. Gujarat was earlier helping developers to acquire land only for projects bid out by the state’s own distribution company, GUVNL (Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited).... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Siemens arm picks up 46% stake in Greenko's Poovani wind power project

Germany-based Siemens Monday said its financial services arm has picked up 46 percent stake in Greenko Group's 200 MW Poovani wind power project in Tamil Nadu for an undisclosed amount. Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has signed a definitive agreement with Greenko Group for the 46 percent equity investment, marking its first investment in a wind farm in Asia, the company said in a statement issued here. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

NHPC eyes stressed 120 MW Jal Power plant in Sikkim

NHPC will bid for 120-MW Jal Power stressed plant in Sikkim when the project is bid out under the bankruptcy court this month. Lenders had referred the project to NCLT and the bankruptcy court is likely to call bids for the project soon, said NHPC chairman and managing director Balraj Joshi. NHPC recently obtained the approval of Union Cabinet for investment of Rs 5748 crore in 500-mw Lanco Teesta Hydro Power that... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Cash sops for states to secure land for green power projects

The Centre has introduced a financial incentive for states and tweaked its policy to address two major issues plaguing solar park developers — shortage of land and lack of transmission facility. States will earn Rs 0.02 for every unit of power produced at the solar parks, irrespective of where it is supplied, according to a letter to the principal secretaries of all states from the ministry of new and renewable energy. The letter is also addressed to the managing director of the Solar Energy Corporation of... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Delhi government floats tenders for 375 e-buses under two clusters

Delhi government on Sunday floated global tenders for engagement of 375 electric buses under two clusters. This is the first phase of the total 1,000 buses the government plans to induct and the first batch is expected to hit the streets by the end of this year. “Keeping its commitment to fighting pollution and moving towards clean fuel technology, AAP government releases global tenders for engagement of 375... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Government notifies phased import duty hike on electric PV parts, lithium-ion cells

The government has notified phased increase in basic customs duty on parts of electric passenger vehicles to be assembled in India to 15 per cent from April 2020 and 10 per cent on imported lithium-ion cells by April 2021 to promote domestic manufacturing of EVs. The notification is part of the road map under the phased manufacturing programme (PMP), and also entails doubling the basic customs duty on completely built units of electric... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

NTPC and Power Grid to form pan-India power distribution firm in an equal JV

State run NTPC Ltd and Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL) may shortly set up the National Electricity Distribution Company (NCDC)—a pan-India power distribution firm in an equal joint venture, said government officials aware of the development. The new public sector unit will focus on aggregating electricity demand in the country and cater to it and may also take over weak electricity distribution utilities. It... Read more..

Source: LiveMint