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India asks state-run firms to clear over $1 billion owed to green energy firms - sources

India has asked state lenders to provide over $1 billion to government power distribution companies to clear longstanding debts to green energy firms that could hinder further investment, three sources familiar with the plan said on Tuesday. The companies owe solar and wind power generators including Goldman Sachs-backed ReNew Power and Softbank-backed SB Energy over 97 billion rupees ($1.35 billion), according to the Central Electricity Authority, an arm of the federal power ministry. Adding to the problems of the power generators, a new government in Andhra Pradesh state - which owes... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Tighter CAFE norms to electrify govt's EV push

The government is looking to tighten the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) norms, in a bid to push automakers to incrementally increase production of electric vehicles by 2-3% every year.

This is a more gradual effort after its efforts to make vehicle manufacturers reduce the number of vehicles powered by internal combustion engines (conventional vehicles) through limits on their production faced stiff resistance from the industry.

"Electric mobility will only be adopted if it makes commercial sense, but we (the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Wind energy projects stall as NTPC fails to get tariff nod

Yet another developer has withdrawn its winning bid for wind power projects that NTPC auctioned last year, after the state-run company failed to get regulatory approvals for those, revealing further signs of a slowdown in this segment.

NTPC last year auctioned 1200MW of projects where the winning tariffs were in the range of Rs 2.77-2.83 per unit.

Entities like NTPC, which conduct the auctions, are subsequently required get sanctions from the states where the projects would be set up. In previous years, this was widely... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Bajaj Auto invests $8 million in e-bicycle sharing platform Yulu

Bajaj Auto Ltd, India’s second largest motorcycle manufacturer, will invest in Bengaluru-based cycle sharing platform Yulu, which offers electric cycles and bicycles on hire for last-mile commute.

This comes in the backdrop of India’s changing mobility landscape. The interest from Rajiv Bajaj-helmed Bajaj Auto in a ride hailing firm also comes at a time of cab-hailing giant Uber’s interest in the space.

“Bajaj Auto Ltd is investing $8 million in Yulu, to compliment this strategic relationship. Yulu will source from Bajaj... Read more..

Source: Livemint

MG Motor partners Exicom on EV battery recycling

Ahead of the launch of its MG ZS electric car in India, British carmaker MG Motor has partnered with EV charging infrastructure and Li-ion battery solutions provider Exicom Tele-Systems on end-of-life use of electric car batteries.

Under the partnership, Exicom will recycle MG ZS EV batteries, at the end of their useful life, for use in a host of non-automotive applications such as home inverters, commercial & industrial UPS, and renewable energy storage.

MG Motor’s partnership with Exicom on recycling for Lithium... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

UP govt introduces blockchain to allow trading of surplus solar power

The Uttar Pradesh government has introduced the blockchain technology to the rooftop solar power segment, allowing consumers to trade their surplus solar energy.

Two state power utilities — UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) — have launched the ambitious project as a pilot in select government buildings in Lucknow with installed rooftop solar power plants.

According to state energy watchdog UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC), Phase-I of the pilot... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Indore: Floating solar plants to power Jalood pumping station soon

Narmada supply system at Jalood will soon be powered by solar energy as Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) plans to set up two floating solar power plants with capacity of 50 megawatt each.

The solar plants will be set up at Jalood and Yeshwant Sagar through fund raised by releasing Masala Bonds. The corporation officials aim to raise Rs 500 crore through these bonds.

IMC's additional commissioner Veerbhadra Sharma said that they are considering floating solar plants to reduce electricity cost incurred by IMC in supplying... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Yet to float tenders, NMC may lose out on 100 e-buses

The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) is likely to lose out on central government funded 100 electric buses. Reason: the NMC is yet to begin tender process for acquiring these eco-friendly buses.

Enraged over this, NMC’s transport committee chairman Bunty Kukde on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the programme manager of Aapli Bus — DIMTS.

In August, the department of heavy industries and public enterprises had sanctioned 100 electric buses to NMC under Phase-II of faster adoption and manufacturing of electric... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India to use artificial intelligence and 100 PF supercomputer to improve weather prediction

A four day International Workshop on Prediction skill of extreme Precipitation events and tropical cyclones: Present status and future Prospect (IP4) & Annual Climate Change Workshop began here today with the Union Secretary for Earth Sciences, Dr. M. Rajeevan, announcing various new initiatives of the Ministry for improving weather and climate forecasts and services in the country.

“With better modelling, observations and data assimilation, we have improved weather forecasting services in the recent years. We have invested... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

India's still burning coal — just not at home

India is lauded for its aggressive targets to achieve sustainable energy goals — like aiming to generate 175 GigaWatts (GW) of its energy from renewable sources by 2022. Its policy framework and ambitious targets for sustainable energy made it the top scorer in this year Climatescope rankings. Not only is India working towards bringing in more sources of renewable energy, but it's also cutting down on fossil fuels. Its existing coal fired power projects are reporting stress and no new financial commitments for coal plants... Read more..

Source: Business Insider India

Urban Indians averse to single-use plastics, 78% want complete ban: Survey

Majority of urban Indians are willing to take a tough stand on plastics with 78 per cent favouring a complete ban on single use plastics, says a new survey by market research firm Ipsos. Over 80 per cent urban Indians polled said they will hold the manufacturers accountable for the recycling and re-use of packaging produced by them, according to the survey titled "A Throwaway World -- the challenge of plastic packaging and waste". "Indians displaying a tough stand is an off shoot of the tough measures taken by the... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

New clean energy investment in developing nations slipped sharply last year: report

New clean energy investment slid by more than a fifth in developing countries last year due to a slowdown in China, while the amount of coal-fired power generation jumped to a new high, an annual survey showed on Monday. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) surveyed 104 emerging markets and found that developing nations were moving towards cleaner power sources, but not fast enough to limit carbon dioxide emissions or the effects of climate change. New investment in wind, solar and other clean energy projects dropped to $133 billion last year from $169 billion a year earlier, mainly due to... Read more..

Source: Yahoo Finance

BSES discoms, Ola Electric Mobility to set up battery swapping stations

BSES power discoms — BYPL and BRPL — will set up battery swapping stations in the city for two and three wheelers in collaboration with Ola Electric Mobility, officials said on Monday. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently between the BSES discoms and Ola Electric Mobility for setting up battery swapping stations at identified locations in south, west, central and east Delhi areas, a BSES spokesperson said. Co-founder of Ola Electric Mobility, Ankit Jain said the agreement will augment company's efforts for laying a strong foundation to enable smooth functioning of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Not all gas: Waste to turn into electricity, compost in Delhi

Aiming to minimise the amount of garbage ending up at landfills, EDMC has initiated the trial run of its first biomethanation plant at Geeta Colony. Spread over 600 sq metres, the plant will consume 5,000kg of wet waste daily to generate 250-300 units of electricity and 750kg of compost. “During the trial run, the concessionaire is feeding 700kg of segregated waste into the plant to ascertain its performance. But after its inauguration in the first week of December, we will run it to its full capacity,” an EDMC official said. The civic agency aims to establish another 5-tonne plant at... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Micromax Energy eyes 10 per cent market share in lithium-ion batteries

Micromax Energy, an independent firm and part of Micromax Group, is aiming 8-10 per cent market share of the lithium-ion battery market in India — which is at a nascent stage — by next year. The company has been manufacturing lead acid batteries too, but is now focussing on the lithium-ion batteries as the market for electric vehicles, particularly as the three-wheeler segment is growing at a multi-fold level. “This year was the beginning of the trials and a lot of people coming in...but in 2020, we are targeting 8-10 per cent of the total market. Next year will be a big market for the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

India accounts for the highest number of deaths among G20 nations due to air pollution

More than a million people die in India every year as a result of outdoor air pollution, due to stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and chronic respiratory diseases and, compared to the total population, this is the highest level in the Group of Twenty (G20) countries, Climate Transparency Partnership said in a report quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) data. To keep the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 Degree Celsius goal within reach, G-20 countries will have to fasten their 2030 emission targets by 2020 and significantly scale up mitigation, adaptation and finance over the next decade,... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India touches solar power capacity of 32 GW

India installed a cumulative renewable energy capacity of 83.38 GW as on October 31, 2019, which included 31.69 GW from solar, 37.09 GW from wind, 9.95 GW from biomass and 4.65 GW from small hydro. This information was shared by power minister R.K. Singh in Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian parliament) recently. The minister also shared renewable energy generation by state-owned power generators—Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) stations—for year 2018-19 and for the current year 2019-20 (up to September, 2019). Renewable energy generation by CPSU stations for year 2018-19 stood... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

MNRE invites bids for evaluation of New National Biogas and Organic Manure Program

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has invited an expression of interest for conducting an independent evaluation of the implementation of the national biogas and organic manure programmes implemented across 13 states. The ministry has been implementing the programme for deployment of small biogas plants in the remote rural, semi-urban areas of the country facilitating the beneficiaries to convert cattle dung, organic wastes into clean gaseous fuel for cooking and lighting. The process helps in reducing health hazards, combating climate change, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Memorandum signed for participatory groundwater management

With an aim to recharge groundwater, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked recently in New Delhi by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), department of Water Resources, Western Sydney University, Australia and others. “This MoU, for project MARVI (Managing Aquifer Recharge and Sustaining Groundwater Use through Village-level Intervention), will help in greater cooperation in training, education and research to achieve water security for agriculture, urban, industrial and environmental purposes. It will also help in the development of grassroot and village-level capacity building and... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Inox Wind gets SECI extension to commission 550 MW wind projects

Wind energy solutions provider Inox Wind on Monday said it has been granted extension by state-run SECI for the scheduled commissioning of 550 MW inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connected wind power projects in Gujarat. The time extension has been granted by Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) due to delay in operationalisation of long-term access by the central transmission utility, Inox Wind said in a regulatory filing to BSE. "Out of the total 250 MW of SECI 1 at Dayapar, Gujarat, Inox Wind had successfully commissioned 200 MW in June and July, 2019," the company... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Hero-backed Ather Energy looks to set up new factory, introduce electric motorcycle & cheaper scooters

Hero MotoCorp-backed Ather Energy, a Bengaluru-based maker of electric scooters, will expand its production capacity by 12-fold and will introduce a new range of products including an electric motorcycle. Having consolidated the market of Bengaluru, where it has been present for the last few years, the startup is keen to add 30-35 cities in the next two-to-three years. About 10-11 cities will be added in 2020, alone. Chennai recently became Ather Energy's second market after Bengaluru. At present, Ather Energy sells only one product, the Ather 450, which is priced at Rs 1.15 lakh. The... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Siemens in talks with stakeholders to develop energy storage solutions

Siemens is in talks with various stakeholders for developing industrial energy storage solutions to cash in on the government effort to boost battery storage plans, a senior company official has said. India has set an ambitious target of having 225 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. According to estimates by India Energy Storage Alliance, during 2019-2025, the cumulative potential for energy storage in behind the meter and grid side applications is estimated to be close to 190 GW. The energy storage market has witnessed a demand of 23 GW in 2018 with 56 per cent of the battery demand... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

22% of India’s groundwater dried up or in critical state: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Almost 22% of groundwater (assessed un- its) in the country has either dried up or is in the ‘critical’ and ‘over-exploited’ categories, Jal Shakti (water resources) minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said as he emphasised the need to focus on efficient use of water resources and noted that 10% of water saving in the agriculture sector now would make it available for all users for the next 50 years. The ‘Dynamic Ground Water Resources of India’ report of the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) showed that 1,499 out of 6,881 assessed units (blocks/mandals/taluks) in 2017 came under ‘over-... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

40% plastic waste littered on India's streets: Javadekar in Lok Sabha

As much as 40 per cent of plastic waste collected in India remains uncollected and littered on the streets, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on November 22, 2019. A whopping 25,940 tonnes per day of plastic waste is generated in India, Javadekar said, quoting a study of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The country's 60 major cities produce 4,059 tonnes per day of plastic waste, he added. Except for 2018-19, the production of plastic increased in India in the last five years. "The production of plastic in India... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

‘Will take lesser time than Beijing to improve air quality’

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday exuded confidence that the country will take less time than the 15 years taken by Beijing to improve air quality in the national capital. Responding to a discussion on “air pollution and climate change”, the minister said a mass movement is needed to tackle the problem. “It took Beijing 15 years (to fight air pollution). We will take lesser time,” he said, referring to the air quality in Delhi.

Climate change aspect

There is a relation between pollution and climate change, the Environment Minister said, adding that 40 per cent... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line