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Delhi governent allocates Rs 2,000 crore for energy; focus on solar panels

With a focus on solar energy, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 2,194 crore for the energy sector in its Budget for the coming fiscal year.

Out of the total expenditure for the next fiscal, Rs 1,600 crore has been set aside for power subsidy to domestic consumers, deputy chief minister

Manish Sisodia... Read more..

Source: The Asian Age

Government launches a dedicated portal for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances

Seeking to ensure transparency in granting clearances to projects in earmarked coastal areas in the country, the environment ministry on Wednesday turned digital by launching a dedicated website for managing the affairs of India's coastal regulation zone (CRZ).

Terming the move a key component of "ease of doing business" in India, the environment minister Anil Madhav Dave said the web portal would "promote... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Karnataka government to come up with India's first hybrid energy park

The Karnataka government is coming up with India’s first ever hybrid energy park (solar and wind) in Pavagada, a panchayat town in Tumakuru district, in the hope of wooing investors who also have a market in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district nearby. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have always competed with each other in luring investors with industry-friendly incentives – earlier it was in the IT-BT sector, now it’s in the Energy sector.

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Source: Bangalore Mirror

OMRON undertakes expansion in the smart energy segment

Aiming to solve the critical issues faced the energy sector in India, OMRON updated its portfolio with an array of innovative solutions, which are being displayed at the ongoing India Smart Grid Week-2017.

OMRON aims to support the utilities to manage a considerable proportion of losses caused due to power theft by providing first-of-its-kind sensing solutions which make the meters 'tamper evident' and... Read more..

Source: INDIA LIVE TODAY
Subject Tags: industry news, Smart energy

Zero waste discharge options needed in Cochin

The BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) levels is high in Irumpanam, Kadambrayar and Eloor section in the industrial area of the city, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). "It means that more than the industrial effluents, septic waste is being dumped," said S Jeyapaul, scientist from the CPCB regional directorate in Bengaluru.

He said that 13 rivers in the state have been declared as most... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

NTPC commissions 45 MW of Bhadla solar plant

India’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd today said it has commissioned another 45 Megwatt of its Bhadla solar power plant in Rajasthan and with this the company’s total installed capacity has become 48,188 MW.

Last month, the company had commissioned 115 MW of the plant.

NTPC, which contributes nearly 24... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Kerala government plans to restrict use of water by PepsiCo

Kerala government on Wednesday said it plans to further restrict groundwater use by soft drink major PepsiCo at Palakkad in view of severe drought in the state.

“The government will take stern measures to restrict usage of groundwater due to prevailing drought and if possible stop Pepsico from drawing it at its plant at Puthussery in Palakkad by using the power vested with it under the State Disaster... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express
Subject Tags: industry news, scarcity, water

Ganga cleaning: NGT warns officials against passing the buck

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday slapped a Rs 50,000 fine on a scientist from the Environment Ministry but withdrew it later, warning officials against passing the buck on matters relating to the cleaning of Ganga.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said in the future any such act will follow a penalty of Rs 50,000, adding it felt "very sad" on the way this important issue was... Read more..

Source: DNA
Subject Tags: environment, Ganga clean-up, NGT

Government's renewables push to power up equipment makers

The government's recent and upcoming auctions of renewable energy projects may provide a boost to the stocks of Ujaas Energy, Suzlon Energy and PTC India, which are engaged in green energy production and financing.

Suzlon and PTC India are expected to be the beneficiaries of the government's 1000 MW wind power auctions last month. The power generated will be supplied to states that do not have adequate wind... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Water levels at 91 Indian reservoirs at 41% of storage capacity

Water levels in India’s 91 major reservoirs were at 41% of their storage capacity, the government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The water level saw a 3 percentage point dip for the week ending 2 March to 64.55 billion cubic metre (BCM), as compared to these reservoirs being at 44% of their storage capacity for the week ending 23 February. These 91 reservoirs monitored by the Central Water Commission have a... Read more..

Source: livemint

Hyundai gears up to drive in hybrid models to India by 2018

South Korean car major Hyundai is looking for a big play in the hybrid vehicle segment in India with plans to introduce its model Ioniq in 2018, besides unveiling mild-hybrids in its compact cars and SUVs.

With pollution becoming a major issue in India, Hyundai, which is present through a 100 per cent arm HMIL here, plans to explore alternative fuel technologies and avail of benefit from government... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Union Water Resources Ministry to recognize work done towards water conservation in villages

The Union Water Resources Ministry will identify villages who have done significant work towards water conservation and popularise them under the Centre's Jal Kranti Abhiyan.

A committee, comprising officials of the ministry and representatives of NGOs, will identify these villages, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said at a national convention on the Jal Kranti Abhiyan.

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Source: DNA

Gamesa bags order for 50MW wind plant from IL & FS

Gamesa, a renewable energy player, on Tuesday announced that it has secured an order from IL&FS, an infrastructure development and finance company, for a 50MW wind farm project at Amba, Madhya Pradesh.

The order to be commissioned this month is a turnkey project and the first to be won from Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS).

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Source: ET Energyworld

Renewable energy firm Bhoruka Power in talks to raise $120 million

Hydro and wind power producer Bhoruka Power Corp. Ltd is looking to raise about $120 million in equity investment and use the money to increase renewable energy capacity to 1 gigawatt (GW) by 2020, said managing director S. Chandrasekhar.

Bengaluru-based Bhoruka Power, which currently has 310MW of hydro, wind and solar power capacity, has hired an investment bank, and negotiations with potential investors... Read more..

Source: livemint

JP Morgan-backed Leap Green Energy set to buy Inox Renewables Windfarms

A clean energy company promoted by India's first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan and his family is set to buy a cluster of wind power generation assets from the Inox Group in a deal valued at around Rs. 1000 crore.

An announcement is imminent, said people directly aware.

Inox Renewables, an independent power producer (IPP), is a 99.98% subsidiary of listed Gujarat Fluorochemicals and has close to 300 MW of installed wind energy generation capacity across states such as Rajasthan and Maharashtra. It has entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with state... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Land major hurdle in promoting sustainable energy: Bihar minister

Bihar energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav has said availability of land was a major hurdle in promoting sustainable energy in the state.

“The scope for two wings of sustainable energy — wind and hydel — is extremely limited in Bihar. Of course, there is scope for development of solar energy, but land availability is a major hurdle in achieving it,” the minister said at the 11th Asia Pacific Committee on... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Lindex adopts cleaner, resource efficient dye

Lindex has adopted DyStar Indigo Vat 40% Solution, a dye which is resource efficient since it uses less water, energy and chemicals. With the dyeing technique being used in 90 per cent of the denim styles, Lindex works to come out with sustainable and stylish denim wear, according to its production sustainability manager Anna-Karin Dahlberg.

It was in 2014 that Lindex, one of Europe’s leading fashion chains... Read more..

Source: Fibre 2 Fashion

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited to use smart device for error-free reading of meters

Power discom TPDDL has launched a smart meter reading device to facilitate "accurate and error free" reading of electricity meters and timely distribution of bills.

The device records the reading and data of the meter and updates the same to the system automatically eliminating the scope of human error and wrong reading.

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Source: India Today In

Common Effluent Treatment Plant to come up near the industrial town of Kala Amb

A committee headed by Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur has finalised a few sites around the industrial town of Kala Amb for setting up the much-needed Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in this industrial area which houses more than 100 units.

This plant will ensure scientific disposal of toxic industrial waste, a part of which was being unscientifically disposed, and finding way into the water bodies flowing... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

A rooftop solar DC power system developed by IIT M gets award

A solar direct current power unit developed by IIT Madras, that can power a small home at lesser cost than a conventional solar power has received the IEEE’s (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) ‘Spectrum Technology In The Service Of Society’ award.

The unit comprising of 0.9sqm solar panel (roughly the size of a floor tile) of 125watt capacity, a device that will connect AC grid to DC power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India launches phase-out plan of the harmful refrigerant HCFC

Adhering to its global commitment, India on Monday launched the country's latest plan to phase-out one of the key refrigerants - Hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) - under its ultimate goal to end use of harmful ozone-depleting substances (ODS) by switching over to non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential technologies.

Though the fresh plan is meant for the 2017-23 period, the final goal is to phase... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Suzlon likely to bag 250 MW order from Sembcorp

As wind turbine manufacturers vie for a share of the 1,000 MW of capacity auctioned last month, the big buzz in the market is that Suzlon is likely to bag an order for 250 MW from Sembcorp.

Four companies – Sembcorp, Inox, Mytrah and Ostro Energy – won mandates to set up 250 MW each and sell the power to the government-owned Power Trading Corporation, at a tariff of Rs. 3.46 a kWhr, in the auctions put... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Cabinet approves pact on clean energy with Portugal

The Centre today approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on renewable energy signed with Portugal.

“The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for signing of a MoU on Renewable Energy between India and Portugal. The MoU was signed on January 6, 2017 in New Delhi,” an official statement said today.

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Source: India

Hatsun Agro Product set to tap into renewable energy with wind power plants

Private dairy Hatsun Agro Product has commissioned wind power plants with a capacity of 24 MW in Tuticorin.

A solar plant with a capacity of 550 KW will be commissioned later this month in Dindigul district.

With an investment of Rs 180 crore, the wind and solar projects are expected to generate around 73... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar energy helps boost power generation to 10 GW

Green power is driving the growth in India's electricity generation as total installed solar capacity, including rooftop and off-grid projects, has crossed 10 gigawatts (gW), latest government and market data show.

Generation from conventional sources showed an annual growth rate of over 5% in the 11-month period of 2016-2017 financial year, while output from renewable power projects rose more than 26%... Read more..

Source: The Times of India