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India losing almost a million under-5 children annually: Study

Even as the under 5 mortality rate (U5MR) in India has reduced by almost 50% in the past two decades, the country is still losing at least a million children annually before they reach their fifth birthday. Of these, half a million children die within 28 days of being born (neonatal mortality) primarily due to lower respiratory tract infection, pre-term birth and diarrhoeal diseases, show recent papers published in The Lancet. “U5MR in India reduced by 49% from 83 in 2000 to 42 per 1000 live births in 2017, and neonatal mortality rate (NMR) reduced by 38% from 38 to 23 per 1000 live births... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Only one-third SECI wind projects commissioned so far

Only about one-third of 6,000 megawatt wind power capacity auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India in four tranches between 2017 and 2018 have been commissioned so far despite their deadlines ending. SECI, the nodal agency through which the new and renewable energy ministry (MNRE) conducts wind and solar auctions, has commissioned only 1961 MW of wind capacity, an official at the ministry said on condition of anonymity. “There are three big reasons for the delay,” the official told ET. “Firstly, getting defence clearance for wind projects takes a long time. It takes six months... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

PGCIL Issues Statcom Package-I & II Tenders for Evacuating 8.1 GW Solar Energy in R’sthan

State-owned Maharatna company Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has floated a tender for Statcom Package-I & II for the evacuation of 8.1 GW of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan. The PGCIL described in a tender document for package-I as “Statcom Package-I for Statcom at 400kV Fatehgarh-II PS associated with transmission system strengthening scheme for the evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW) under phase-II-part B1.” Whereas for package-II, it stated “Statcom Package-II for Statcom at 400kV Bhadla-II PS associated with transmission system... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

Uttarakhand to Empanel EPC Contractors for Rooftop Solar Projects

The Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible firms for the empanelment of the EPC contractors to undertake work of project commissioning of grid-connected rooftop and small solar power plant at various locations in the State of Uttarakhand. The scope of work for the empaneled contractors will include the design, manufacture, supply, erection, testing, net-metering and commissioning of the 1 kWp to 500 kWp grid-connected rooftop and small solar power plants in the state. The contractors will also be required to provide warranty... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa resumes production with 25 per cent workforce

Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa on Monday said it has resumed operations at its plant in Bhiwadi (Rajasthan), and corporate office in Gurugram (Haryana), with 25 per cent workforce. The company said it will maintain safety measures at its offices, manufacturing unit and dealership networks as it begins business activities. It has also issued an advisory to its dealership network, which too will be operating with 25 per cent staff, Okinawa said in a statement. All the products will be sanitised at the plant before being dispatched and the exercise will be repeated again when dealerships... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Okaya Joins CharIN EV to Enhance Charging Experience, Promote E-Mobility

With an aim to enhance charging experience and promote electric mobility in the country, Okaya Power Pvt Ltd, an arm of Rs 7 billion Okaya Power Group, has now become a member of the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN E.V.), an open coalition of world-class firms within the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Berlin-based CharIN E.V. is a registered association founded by Audi, BMW, Daimler, Mennekes, Opel, Phoenix Contact, Porsche, TÜV SÜD and Volkswagen. The move is aimed at supporting the Combined Charging System (CCS) as a global standard for EV charging. The company, which is among the... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

South harnesses more solar power during lockdown

Southern states generated more solar power during the lockdown, as a component of the total power supply in April. Despite demand being less during lockdown compared to normal times, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were able to use 2,655 million units of solar power compared to all other states, which generated 2,133 million units in the month. Among southern states, Karnataka lead with 1,092 million units, followed by Telangana (594.09MU) and Tamil Nadu (514.30MU). Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were able to harvest wind power too during April. Compared to April... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India wins deal for 24X7 supply of green power

The gloom and doom of the coronavirus pandemic has failed to dampen the spirit of India’s renewables sector, with Goldman Sachs-funded ReNew Power on Friday winning the world’s first tender for round-the-clock supply of green power by a margin of 1 paise by quoting a tariff of Rs 2.90 per unit, or roughly 4 cents. At today’s exchange rate of Rs 75.55 to a dollar, ReNew’s offer is just 1 cent above the 3.5 cents, or Rs 2.44 per, unit discovered in May 2017 in Rajasthan’s Badhla solar park, which had stirred up the solar power market as the lowest in the world. It is also 124 per cent... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

EU, India invite joint research proposals on integrated local energy systems

India’s Department of Science & Technology and the European Commission’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency have issued a joint call for proposals that aims at smartly integrating large amounts of renewable energy in local energy systems in Europe and/or India and in this way make energy supply cleaner, more efficient and affordable. The proposals should develop and demonstrate novel solutions, integrating all energy vectors (electricity, heating, cooling, water and wastes), including possibilities offered by batteries and electric vehicles; interconnect them; and optimize joint... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

Vehicle scrappage policy to help generate demand for new vehicles, say sources

The much-awaited vehicle scrappage policy would help in curbing air pollution, reducing fuel consumption and curtailing fatalities in road accidents, while generating demand for new vehicles in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic, industry sources said. The proposed scrappage policy requires support from both the central and state governments, an industry source said. The governments at both levels would need to come together to make this programme successful by providing fiscal incentives for fleet modernisation, another industry source added. An incentive based mechanism will make... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times Auto

Inox Wind begins execution of 1st phase of wind power projects in Gujarat

Wind energy solutions provider Inox Wind on Monday said it has begun executing the first phase of 250-megawatt wind power projects in Gujarat following the receipt of certain advances. The first phase of the projects is scheduled to be commissioned in the third quarter of the ongoing fiscal, Inox Wind said in a filing to BSE. "Post receipt of certain advances, Inox Wind has started execution of the first phase of the project comprising of 126 megawatt (MW) which is scheduled to be commissioned by Q3 of FY 2021 at Dayapar, District Bhuj in Gujarat, on a turnkey basis," the filing said. As... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Avera develops electric scooter for medical services

Avera New and Renewable Energy, a manufacturer of pure electric motor scooters, said on Sunday that it has developed a scooter that can offer emergency medical services to the government healthcare sector which is currently combating the coronavirus pandemic. "We have the prototype for a scooter that can handle emergency services in a rapid fashion. The mission is to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies as soon as possible and provide the patient with professional and appropriate medical aid until an ambulance arrives, resulting in many more lives saved. The electric scooter has been... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

COVID-19 provides opportunities for domestic solar module manufacturing

The supply disruption from China due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent decline in domestic solar capacity addition offer a golden opportunity to ramp up local manufacturing of solar modules and cells, according to industry experts. However, the industry feels there is an urgent need for a national vision policy for local solar modules manufacturing as well as ancillary products, in line of solar power generation target of 100 gw by 2022 under National Solar Mission. Till 2011, India controlled 70-80 per cent of global supplies of solar modules, but today the opposite is the case, as... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India may see renewable, roads mega sale once the lockdown is lifted

On April 27, PE firm KKR said it will buy Shapoorji Pallonji group's solar assets. While the lockdown has impacted mergers and acquisitions across businesses, companies and deal consultants are certain that renewable power assets would be the first to go up on sale on the curbs are lifted. Another area that is likely to see hectic M&A activity is the road sector. For both the segments, the industry remains hopeful that funds - including pension, sovereign wealth and private equity - will be willing to invest post lockdown. The number of assets up for sale may, however, exceed buyer... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Around 4K objections against draft EIA rules filed from Maharashtra

Alleging that the Centre was diluting environment protection laws to allow construction in ecologically important areas, citizens and environment groups have filed 3,971 objections against the draft environment impact assessment (EIA) notification, 2020 proposed by the Union environment ministry. On March 12, the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) presented the new rules that will replace the 2006 EIA notification, which is presently in force, in their attempt to make the existing norms ‘more transparent and expedient’ in issuing environment clearances for... Read more..

Source: The Hindustan Times

COVID-19: Post-crisis clean energy progress will need reliable supplies of critical minerals, says IEA

The global clean energy sector would require a reliable supply of critical minerals to continue a smooth progress after the COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent study by the International Energy Agency (IEA). These critical minerals are used in the manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles (EVs) and hence, play a critical role in the sector. It said that as the pandemic had pushed many countries into some form of lockdown and hit mining operations across the globe, the risks around clean energy supply chains, including those of minerals, have come into sharper focus... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Wind energy industry can generate 4 million jobs globally by 2030: GWEC

Wind energy sector can generate employment for four million people globally by 2030 provided its deployment takes place at the necessary rate, according to Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). "Wind energy has been a major creator of skilled jobs and community benefits. Direct and indirect jobs in wind energy sector will more than triple from 1.2 million in 2018 to nearly 4 million globally by 2030," the global industry body said in a statement. It added wind power is a key building block for economic recovery from the impact of COVID-19, which will enable governments across the globe to... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Saudi Arabia raises June Arab light crude price to Asia

Saudi Arabia's state oil giant Aramco has raised the June price for its Arab light crude oil to Asia by $1.40 a barrel from May, setting it at a discount of $5.90 to the Oman/Dubai average, according to a document seen by Reuters on Thursday. The rise in the crude oil official prices (OSPs) to Asia are not in line with market expectations. Asian refiners were expecting Saudi Arabia to cut the prices of its crude for a fourth straight month in June after Middle East benchmarks slumped on poor refining margins as the coronavirus pandemic slammed demand, according to a Reuters survey. OPEC... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

MNRE Extends EoI Submission Date for Evaluating Components of PM KUSUM Scheme till May 20

Amidst the series of extensions of deadlines for various schemes, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has now extended the time for submission of Expression of Interest (EOI) for evaluation of Component-A and Component-C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme till May 20, 2020. The Ministry has issued a letter informing all reputed consultants and consulting firms about extension in the deadline for submission of EOI to undertake an evaluation of Component-A and Component-C of PM KUSUM scheme, which was earlier issued on April 16,... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

CEL invites bids to install off-grid solar pump systems in Madhya Pradesh

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) has invited bids to install and commission standalone off-grid solar water pumping systems in the State of Madhya Pradesh. The successful bidder shall supply the balance-of-system (BOS) components, and install and commission the solar water pumping systems with modules supplied by CEL. It shall also provide operation and maintenance support for five years. Only indigenously manufactured components (BOS and pumps in addition to modules) are to be used for the systems, which are tendered under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s off-grid and... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

India is the world's fifth-largest energy economy; Ranked 3rd on renewable energy

India ranks at the fifth position among the countries of the world when it comes to the size of its energy economy, measured by the combined revenue of energy companies. The country also ranks 3rd on renewable energy investment and future plans, according to a new study by British Business Energy. The London-based firm analysed 29 countries to find out which countries are leading the way for the energy industry. The countries were ranked by their revenue from energy companies, and in comparison to their GDP, the number of employees in the energy sector and a renewable energy score. Among... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Siemens Gamesa warns coronavirus will keep squeezing 2020 finances

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa said on Wednesday that project delays and supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak would continue to drag on its earnings this year after squeezing profitability in the second quarter. Despite building up a record-breaking order book for equipment and services in demand from companies and countries around the world seeking to limit climate change, the company's margin on earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) shrank to 1.5 per cent in the January-March period. That profitability gauge had stood at 7.5 per cent a year earlier. The... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

1.2 bn Indians will live in places as hot as Sahara if emissions not curbed

More than 1.2 billion people in India would live in places as hot as the Sahara within 50 years if the greenhouse gas emissions keep rising. Overall, home to one-third of the world’s population will become as hot as the desert. This was brought to the fore in the latest scientific research ‘Future of the Human Climate Niche’ by scientists from China, USA and Europe and published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study highlights how one-third of the population will live under “near-unlivable” heat, with India being one of the countries most at risk. “... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

COVID-19: Renewable power generation remains unaffected amid lockdown, says report

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, renewable power generation remained unaffected due to their ‘must-run’ status while electricity from thermal sources were impacted most due to a decline in power demand in March and April 2020, according to a recent report by Indian Ratings. It added that with the decrease in demand, electricity generation -- excluding renewables -- also decreased 8.8 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) to 97.7 billion units (BU) in March 2020 with thermal generation declining 11.1 per cent y-o-y. According to the report titled ‘Power Watch: March 2020’, thermal plant load factor (PLF... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

ICRA Stands in Favour of Draft Amendments Proposed in Electricity Act

ICRA Limited, an independent investment information and credit rating agency, has stated that it believes that the draft amendments proposed in Electricity Act, 2003 have the scope to strengthen the sanctity of power supply contracts and bring reforms in the distribution segment. The Ministry of Power (MoP), Government of India, has recently proposed amendments to the Electricity Act, 2003 in the form of draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 notified on April 17, 2020, to address the issues plaguing the power sector and impeding its investment prospects. As per ICRA note, the... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International