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New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change

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Clean energy and clean mobility are set to get a big boost, and the government may take steps to address the short-term pains that have been caused by recent policy moves by the outgoing government. These moves have stalled the rollout of new solar and wind energy projects. There has been a big policy push for electrification of public transport, but makers of private e-vehicles see this as having... Read more..

Source: Country View

Solar packs to light up 391 Van Gurjars’ homes in Amangarh reserve

As many as 391 Van Gurjars families residing in Amangarh area will get solar power packs as logistic problem does not allow them to have access to electricity by conventional means. Each power pack costs Rs 47,000 and will be provided to each Van Gurjar family under PM Saubhaagya scheme. Each household will be provided a separate solar power pack equipped with a 200 watt solar panel, five LED lights, one battery, one DC ceiling fan and mobile charger. According to New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (... Read more..

Source: Energy World Economic Times

Hero Electric India to expand into rural electric two-wheeler market

Unlike major conventional marketing strategies, Hero Electric India aims to target the remote and rural areas of the country by pushing the sales of its electric two-wheeler range in the countryside of India. This shall consequently help widen the presence and scope of the electric two-wheeler market in India. On the other hand, if compared, Ather Energy - the electric vehicle start-up - is already putting into use, a conventional market strategy in an aggressive and proactive manner by going about... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

IIT-Delhi looks to rope in international experts for its electric vehicles centre

IIT-Delhi is on the lookout for international experts in the field of electrical vehicles to boost its Centre for Automotive Research and Tribology (CART). V Ramgopal Rao, IIT-Delhi director, said they are eyeing to recruit professionals from the US in the newly-formed department along with industry experts. “We will be sending a team in June to the US to identify these experts and recruit them to teach here,” he told TOI on Friday at the launch of the centre. “This centre will be looking at the changes... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Electric buses to Rohtang from June 3

Two electric buses will ply from Manali for Rohtang Pass from June 3. Revealing this, Kullu HRTC Regional Manager DK Narang said that more electric buses would be added after the parking space at Rohtang is cleared by the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). Last year, 17 electric buses were put in service from Manali to Rohtang during the summer season for the tourists. The Regional Manager said the fare per seat would be around Rs 600. Two electric buses having seating capacity of 25 passengers each would leave... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

India, Japan jointly Launch 'M2Smart' Project to Solve Traffic Congestion using AI, IoT and Neural Networks

A joint research project "Multi Modal Smart Transportation (M2Smart)", by Japan and India under a scheme of "Science Technology Partnership for Sustainable Development (SATREPS), was launched at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H), in order to develop low-carbon scenarios through research and demonstration, human resource development through mutual human resources exchanges. M2Smart project is a Smart Cities project based on Sensing, Networking and Big Data Analysis of Multimodal Regional... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

India Allocates 720 Megawatts In Second Solar-Wind Hybrid Auction

Results of India’s second national-level solar-wind hybrid auction are in. While capacity allocated to project developers has declined, there remains a silver lining for the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in terms of price bids. Following the disappointing response of project developers to SECI’s second solar-wind hybrid tender, the financial bidding round of the tender was recently concluded. Only two developers, Adani Green Energy and ReNew Power, participated in the auction. Adani Green Energy... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

‘Bimstec nations could tap India’s green energy transition’

With the Bimstec leaders gathered in the national capital for Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Thursday, the member-nations could benefit from India’s rapid renewable energy capacity increase, say experts. The New Delhi-based organisation CarbonCopy said the annual electricity trade potential between South Asian and Southeast Asian countries could be from 65,000 MW to 95,000 MW by 2045. Quoting the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), a document compiled by it,... Read more..

Source: The Navhind Times

Mahindra’s electric vehicle sales rise over 2.5 times in FY19

Homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra’s electric vehicle (EV) sales grew over two-and-a-half times to 10,276 units in 2018-19, riding on the second phase of orders for electric cars from state-owned EESL. The company, which sells a range of electric vehicles such as sedan e-Verito, van e-Supro, compact car e2o and three-wheeler Treo, had sold 4,026 units in 2017-18, M&M said in an investor presentation. EESL’s phase-II order led to the volume growth, and the deliveries will continue in 2019-20, it... Read more..

Source: The Hindu - Business Line

India to organise a series of events on World Environment Day

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5th June every year. Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) celebrates WED focussing on the theme declared by UNEP and organizes several events. This year’s theme is ‘Air Pollution’. Keeping with the tradition, this year the main function is being held at Vigyan Bhawan on 5th June, 2019 and will be presided over by the Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change. The events will include launch of film competition on environment,... Read more..

Source: India CSR

India May Allow Sale Of Only Electric Two- & Three-Wheelers From 2025

India is considering to ban the sale of two and three-wheelers that use internal combustion engines by 2025. Indian business daily Economic Times has reported that India may be considering to ban sales of all three-wheelers using internal combustion engines by March 2023 and all two-wheelers using internal combustion engines with less than 150 cc by March 2025. These moves would form part of India’s long-term plan to completely ban sale of vehicles based on internal combustion engine. The newspaper quoted a... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Ban ROs where dissolved solids in water below 500 mg/litre, NGT tells govt

In a bid to regulate the use of RO purifiers, NGT has directed the government to prohibit them where total dissolved solids (TDS) in water are below 500 mg per litre and sensitise public about the ill effects of demineralised water. The tribunal has also asked the government to make it mandatory to recover more than 60 per cent water wherever RO is permitted across the country. TDS is made up of inorganic salts as well as small amounts of organic matter. As per a WHO study TDS levels below 300 mg per litre... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Tata Power's arm to develop 100 MW solar project in Gujarat

Tata Power Company’s wholly owned subsidiary–Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) has received a Letter of Award (LoA) from Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) on May 28, 2019 to develop a 100 MW solar project in Raghanesda Solar Park of Gujarat. The energy will be supplied to GUVNL under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) valid for a period of 25 years from the scheduled commercial operation date. The company has won this capacity in a bid announced by GUVNL in March 2019. The project has to be commissioned within... Read more..

Source: Daily Kiran

IIT Hyderabad Launches ‘M2Smart’ Testbed To Research Low-Carbon Models For Indian Transportation

Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad launched an ‘M2Smart Project’ Testbed to develop low-carbon models for Indian transportation in the presence of IIT Hyderabad and Japanese Researchers along with the officials from Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, Traffic Police and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The Testbed will generate a practical ‘handbook’ on low carbon urban transportation for developing countries based on big data of... Read more..

Source: BW Education

Reports from the international climate movement

Organisers say strikes took place in over 130 countries. Fridays For Future India reported 63 strikes—its largest mobilisation yet. In Pune, in the west of India, activists reported “a very diverse climate strike”. “Climate conscious folks gathered to sing chants and then began mobilising the public,” they said. In other cities across India strikers raged that climate justice wasn’t part of recent election campaigning. In Brussels, Belgium, thousands marched under a huge banner declaring “dinosaurs thought... Read more..

Source: Socialist Worker

Charging points soon at Noida for EVs

With Noida Authority joining hands with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) to push for electric vehicle infrastructure, public electric vehicle charging stations will be soon installed at several locations across the city. The Noida Authority is in process of signing an MoU with EESL to set up EV charging stations. Initially, one charging station will be set up for the Noida Authority and five electric vehicles will be rented to replace authority’s old official vehicles. “We have provided a list of our... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

Rapid adoption of EVs to make electric vehicle battery sales upheld with 14 percent in 2019

According to a study, global sales of electric vehicle batteries surpassed a valuation of US$ 90,700 million in 2018, and are anticipated to register a Y-o-Y growth of approximately 14% in 2019. Growing popularity and demand for electric vehicles (EVs), owing to increasing efforts to reduce emissions and ease pollution, continue to impact the sales of electric vehicle batteries. The study analyzes the market in detail, and offers analysis of key macroeconomic and industry-specific factors influencing the... Read more..

Source: Ele times

Ampere Zeal Electric Scooter Launched With Rs 18,000 Subsidy Under FAME II

Ampere Vehicles has announced the latest entrant in the Indian electric mobility scenario, a new electric scooter named Zeal. With the Zeal, the e-mobility subsidiary of Greaves Cotton, an Indian engineering company, adds yet another electric vehicle to its list of offerings, only this time, the e-scooter comes with a higher speed than its predecessors. An added benefit, the Zeal attracts concessions under the FAME-II scheme. Ampere Vehicles has been a known name in the Indian EV market since long now, with... Read more..

Source: India Times

India becomes lowest-cost producer of solar power

India has finally bagged the tag of the lowest cost producer of solar power globally. The country-wise average for the total installed costs of utility scale solar PV in 2018 ranged from a low of $793 per Kilowatt (Kw) – around Rs 5.5 crore per Megawatt -- in India to a high of $2,427 per Kw in Canada, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said today. “India was estimated to have the lowest total installed costs for new utility-scale solar PV projects that were commissioned in 2018 at $793 per Kw... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

India Plans $1.8 Billion Transmission Projects For Renewable Energy Projects

India has shared details of large power transmission projects dedicated for renewable energy projects in the western parts of the country. The transmission projects are part of the Green Energy Corridors program that was envisaged to support the massive renewable energy capacity addition targets announced by the Indian government. India’s largest power transmission company, the state-owned Power Grid Corporation of... Read more..

Source: CleanTechnica

Chandigarh: City traders demand 30% subsidy for going solar

The Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) on Monday demanded a 30% subsidy for commercial buildings, too. At the moment, if a person opts for solar energy for his house, he is entitled to a 30% subsidy. In an awareness workshop organized by The Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (Crest), the nodal agency for installation of solar plants in Chandigarh and CBM on Monday, the traders had... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Progress on energy technologies fails to keep pace with long-term goals for clean energy transitions

The International Energy Agency’s latest and most comprehensive assessment of clean energy transitions finds that the vast majority of technologies and sectors are failing to keep pace with long-term goals. Of the 45 energy technologies and sectors assessed in the IEA’s latest Tracking Clean Energy Progress (TCEP), only 7 are on track with the IEA’s Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS). The SDS represents a pathway to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, deliver universal energy access... Read more..

Source: Energy Next

Ather Energy raises $51 mn from Hero MotoCorp, Innoven Capital and Sachin Bansal

Ather Energy, an electric scooter manufacturing startup, on Monday raised funds to the tune of $51 million, which would be used for setting up a new manufacturing capacity, research and development for a range of upcoming products and setting up of charging stations. Former Flipkart founder Sachin Bansal made an investment of $32 million in the current round of fundraising while Hero MotoCorp Ltd, country’s largest manufacturer of two-wheelers, has converted its convertible debt of $19 million. Singapore-... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Eversource capital invest $1 billion in india renewables – pimagazine asia bp gas prices nj

EverSource Capital, the joint venture between private equity firm Everstone Capital and global solar project developer Lightsource BP, is looking to invest over $1 billion in renewable energy investments through its Green Growth Equity Fund, said e85 gas stations florida a senior company executive. The National Investments and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) of India and the UK government are anchor investors in Green Growth Equity Fund. “We have done the anchor close extra strength gas x while pregnant. UK’s DFID... Read more..

Source: Gas & Electricity

New Delhi set to get urban mobility laboratories

The Delhi government will have its own Urban Mobilty Lab, a platform for turning the city's flagship policies and mobility projects into reality. The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), the Delhi government's premier think tank, and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) will host the platform that supports Indian cities in identifying, developing and integrating mobility pilot projects. "We are delighted to host the Urban Mobility Lab in Delhi. This will become a platform for turning our flagship policies,... Read more..

Source: India Today