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Haryana waives wheeling charges on power from solar plants

The Haryana government has waived intra-state wheeling charges, cross subsidy charges, transmission and distribution charges on the electricity generated from solar power plants in the state.

Any investor, who installs a solar power plant at any place in the state, can sell this power to any private entity within the state at mutually agreed tariff without paying these charges, an official release said here... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

National Solar Energy Federation seeks more time for solar projects in Uttar Pradesh

The National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) has written to the Uttar Pradesh government seeking extension of timeline to commission select solar power projects claiming that laxity by state agencies is to blame for the delay.

Earlier last month, Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) had cancelled power purchase agreements (PPAs) with a few firms for delay in commissioning projects as per schedule... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Wind energy companies move Madras High Court against auction of Tamil Nadu projects

Wind energy companies have moved the Madras High Court against the Tamil Nadu electricity distribution company’s move to auction wind energy projects with a new base price, and the sector regulator’s decision to allow the auction. 

Indian Wind Energy Association (IWEA), an industry body of wind energy developers, has moved the high court, challenging a Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC)... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Veer Energy wants to develop 10 MW solar/hybrid project in Dhule, Maharashtra

Veer Energy and Infrastructure share price rallied 12 percent intraday Monday on receiving a letter of interest from Maharashtra Energy Development Agency, Pune, on installation of solar or hybrid project at its existing wind projects.

The company has decided to start hybrid division. It wants to develop 10 MW solar or hybrid project on their existing approval of wind farm project for 10 MW at Dhule.... Read more..

Source: Money Control
Subject Tags: hybrid, renewable energy, solar, wind

Power cost to Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) rises by 14%, tariff bound to go up

In a strong indication that power tariff is likely to go up, the UP Power Corporation (UPPCL) has said average procurement cost of electricity has increased by around 14%. According to an internal draft note of the corporation, the average procurement cost of electricity in UP has increased from Rs 6.35 per unit in 2016-17 to Rs 7.22 per unit in 2017-18.

The note mentions 23.4% distribution losses,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Praj Industries, Gevo joint development agreement for Bio-fuel technology enters commercialisation phase

Indian companies involved in processing molasses and sugar cane feedstock to make ethanol will soon have an eco-friendly technology that will help produce isobutanol, which has multiple uses in making bio-products.

Making this possible is a joint technology development between Praj Industries, Pune, and Gevo, a renewable technology and next-generation biofuels major.

... Read more..

Source: Business Line

CM Nitish Kumar chaired review meet reveals 99 per cent villages electrified in Bihar

Only 477 of Bihar's 39,073 villages are now left to get electricity connection as the state has achieved 98.8 per cent electrification of its villages. This was revealed at a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Altogether 38,596 villages have been electrified and the remaining 477 villages would be get power connection by the end of December, Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Solar units on rooftops brighten 12,000 properties

There has been a steady rise in the installation of solar units by households, residential societies and commercial establishments across the city.

Over 12,000 properties have opted for solar units. An addition of 2,000 properties was registered in the 2016-17.

Most establishments are tapping solar energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

MLA rewards housing societies solar panels and compost tumblers

In an attempt to encourage more residents to take up segregation of solid waste and compost garbage on their premises, an Andheri MLA has been giving solar panels and compost tumblers to housing societies in his constituency. This is being done to reduce the burden on the city’s overfilled dumping grounds.

Ameet Satam (BJP) said the idea sprung after BMC decided to stop picking up wet waste from housing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Wind, solar tariffs to come down considerably in near future: Government

The wind and solar tariff will come down considerably in the near future, a government official today said.

"It will though take some time to resolve the surfacing issues since the GST has come into vogue but on tariff front, the department of renewable energy is quite confident that since majority of renewable items are taxed at five per cent GST, the wind and solar power tariff will go down considerably in... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tangedco hits ‘century’in a 1st, sells wind power

The state this week started sale of wind power, with Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (Tangedco) on Thursday and Friday trading more than 150MW with Power Exchange India Ltd (PXIL), at a tariff of between Rs 5.25/unit and Rs 6/unit.

This is at a far remove from the situation only a couple of years ago, when private wind energy companies in the state blamed Tangedco for losses due to the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indian Railways signs first EPC contract to speed up electrification

With the aim of boosting its ‘Mission Electrification’ plan, Indian Railways signed its first Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with L&T for large electrification projects on Friday. The contract valuing Rs 1,050 crore for electrification of 781 route kilometres (RKM) was awarded by Central Organisation for Railway Electrification (CORE) and Konkan Railways.

“For faster execution... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indian scientist to head global body of solar energy experts

A group of international solar energy experts, innovators and environmental activists have come together to form an international body - the International Solar Innovations Council - headed by Indian solar scientist Santi Pada Gon Chaudhuri as its global body chairman. 

This new international organisation that has its head office at Helsinki in Finland, has been founded to address the energy access problems... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ADB raises US$1.25 billion in global Green Bonds for climate mitigation projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised US$1.25 billion to help finance climate change mitigation and adaptation projects by issuing dual-tranche 5-year (US$750 million) and 10-year green bonds (US$500 million). 

Proceeds of the green bonds will go towards supporting low-carbon and climate resilient projects.

... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Anti-dumping authority recommends import duty on solar and wind energy equipment from China

Anti-dumping authorities have recommended action against key Chinese components for windmills, and are considering a similar petition for solar equipment, delivering another blow to the flood of cheap imports from Beijing and potentially arresting the steep fall in renewable energy tariffs.

The Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has recommended imposing anti-dumping duty on castings... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Growth in coal use falls in last 10 yrs as India eyes Paris goal

Coal will continue to have a prime place in India's total energy mix for the next many years but data shows that the country's coal boom may have been over a couple of years ago, much earlier than expected. 

Over the past two years, the country's coal use has increased by an average of just 2.2%, a sharp fall from the previous 10 years when average annual growth was over 6%. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Environment ministry drafts rules for utilisation of more than Rs 42,000 crore greening fund

The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) has come up with draft rules to implement the Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act 2016. 

The draft has stirred up a controversy with civil societies alleging that stakeholders have not been consulted while in the process. However, union environment minister Harsh Vardhan, while responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha recently, said... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

66.72 crore energy saving LED bulbs sold in India: Piyush Goyal

The Central Government motivated drive to transform India into an ‘energy efficiency’ country has received a major push having sold 66.72 crore LED bulbs against its target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs by March 2019.

In the move, which is expected to reduce import bills along with an increase in bulb’s life by 50 times than ordinary bulbs and 8-10 times that of CFLs, the state-run Energy Efficiency... Read more..

Source: egov

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation: 23,000 housing societies get notice over waste segregation

With the plan of making waste segregation mandatory from October, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) solid waste management department (SWD) has issued notices to over 23,000 housing societies across the city since January this year. These societies have failed to comply the norms laid down by the SWD of BMC for garbage disposal.

According to officials from the SWD, these housing societies have... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Gurugram civic body and RWAs to install zero waste garbage plants

In order to keep a check on garbage generation the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) in collaboration with various Residential Welfare Associations (RWAs) of Gurugram has decided to install zero waste garbage plants in various sectors of the city.

According to the officials, with the installation of zero garbage plant, no garbage will be sent to the landfill site and the whole waste will be recycled... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

North East Frontier Railway: 48 stations go green, turn on LED lights

Taking a step forward in reducing energy consumption, the North East Frontier Railway (NFR) has converted 48 stations under it into 100% LED bulb lighting system. Another 60 stations will be also to be fully converted to LED lighting system this year.

"All conventional light fittings like fluorescent tube lights, CFL, metal halide lamps, high-pressure sodium vapour lamps and others have been destocked during... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Odisha State Pollution Control Board slaps closure notice on 16 industries

The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) on Tuesday slapped closure notices on 16 small industries in Puri and Bhubaneswar for their failure to check water pollution. The move follows a directive of the Supreme Court. Sources in the pollution board said these small industries include rice mills, automobile overhaul and repair units and prawn processing units. None of these units have wastewater treatment plants, as a result of which the bio-chemical oxygen demand (BOD) level in the wastewater is much... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Power thefts worth Rs 134 crore detected in Haryana

Power utility companies in Haryana have detected electricity thefts worth nearly Rs 134 crore in the state in the past three months, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

"Cracking down on illegal consumption of electricity, Haryana Power Utilities has found 16,214 cases of electricity theft and imposed a penalty of Rs 58.48 crore on erring consumers in the month of July," the spokesman said.

... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi High Court demands report of bye-laws for solid waste management

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday questioned the three municipal corporations of Delhi (MCD) on their efficacy to curtail the increasing cases of malaria, dengue and chikunguniya in the city after the onset of the monsoon season.

According to a recent report by the civic bodies, there have been 288 cases of malaria, 180 cases of dengue and 220 cases of chikunguniya till July 29.

... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: waste, waste management

IoT helps Telangana automate urban waste recycling operations

Digitising waste management processes is one of the priorities for any state government developmental programme. A first of its kind by any state government, the Telangana government has decided to formalise the waste management process in a move to automate urban recycling operations for smart cities. The state government, in association with waste management start-up called Banyan Nation, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deploy technology across different municipalities and help in waste... Read more..

Source: Financial Express