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India to conduct auction for awarding wind power projects of 2,000 Mw capacity

The government today announced it will conduct auction for awarding wind power projects with a total capacity of 2,000 Megawatt in the upcoming third phase of the bidding plan. 

“With wind power tariffs becoming competitive and State DISCOMs encouraged to buy more of Renewable Energy, the government has doubled the auction capacity for the third national level wind auction,” the ministry said in a statement... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EESL to procure 10mn prepaid meters to be deployed in U.P

The government plans to procure 10 million pre-paid meters to be deployed in Uttar Pradesh as part of the Saubhagya scheme, which aims to add more than 40 million households to the power grid by December next year. 

Leading national and international companies, including L&T, HPL, Landis and Gyr, Secure Meters, China-based Shenzhen Inhemeter, and Genus Power, have expressed their interest in the global... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India, Finland review bilateral ties on trade, renewables, technology

Cooperation in the areas of trade and investment, renewable energy and science and technology were among the issues that came up for discussion when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Finnish counterpart Timo Soini met here.

"The two Ministers held discussions on various aspects of bilateral ties as well as important regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest," the External Affairs... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nagpur Metro to get solar power at less than Rs 4.50 a unit

Nagpur Metro has decided to go in for captive solar power generation and will get it at Rs4.50 a unit. It will use costly conventional power in evening.

Mahametro managing director Brijesh Dixit said that the earlier state power generation company Mahagenco was to generate solar power for Nagpur Metro. "It was costing us Rs7.50 per unit and hence we decided to go for self generation in open access captive... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Industrial zones under scanner for pollution in Greater Cochin area

In an attempt to ensure that Kochi does not go the Delhi way in terms of air pollution, Kerala state pollution control board (KSPCB) will monitor and record the entire pollution parameters in the Greater Cochin area covering Eloor-Edayar and Ambalamugal industrial belts.

The entire area is a 'chemical keg' in the district and has been under scanner for the past seven years ever since it has been declared as... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Delhi air pollution on rise as wind speed falls

Pollution levels in Delhi rose on Sunday leading to a dip in air quality with monitoring agencies forecasting a further spike over the next few days. The Air Quality Index (AQI), calculated by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), was 352 on a scale of 500. A score between 301 and 400 is considered ‘very poor’, which can trigger respiratory illness on prolonged exposure.
Yesterday’s AQI was 322. Scientists attributed the rise in pollution to a fall in wind speed and increased moisture in the air.... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express
Subject Tags: air pollution

Gujarat, Tamil Nadu powerlooms reaped max benefits of solar energy scheme: Official

Textile Commissioner Kavita Gupta today said maximum benefits of government's promotional schemes for powerloom textile industry have been taken by entrepreneurs from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

"The ministry of textiles has announced several promotional schemes for powerloom textile industry but there is hardly any awareness in the industry. The maximum benefit of these schemes have been taken by the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: industry news, schemes, textile

Paris climate agreement: Rulebook to be finalised by Dec 2018

At the end of the two weeks of talks, negotiators agreed to keep working through the year to be able to finalise by December 2018 the rulebook to implement the Paris Agreement.

The task of ensuring the rules are finalized and accepted by all will rest on Poland, which will assume the chair of the UN sponsored climate talks in December 2918, which will be held in Katowice in Poland.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Officials wrongfully charging duty on solar panels: RK Singh

Renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh has complained to finance minister Arun Jaitley that customs officials are demanding duty on imported solar equipment, which has led to ports getting jammed with shipments and jeopardised the prime minister’s flagship programme of accelerating renewable energy projects. 

The solar industry has delayed acceptance of the consignments, protesting the decision of the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Delhi air pollution: Centre to set up pollution task force

The Centre will soon set up an inter-ministerial task force, headed by the Prime Minister's principal secretary, Nripendra Mishra, to look into the issue of Delhi's air pollution and find ways and means to deal with it in a comprehensive manner.

The task force, comprising of Union secretaries of environment, agriculture, earth sciences, transport, power and petroleum and principal secretaries of Delhi and... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Telangana to launch electric vehicle policy next month

The Telangana government will next month launch its policy for electric vehicles to provide incentives to manufacturers and private players setting up charging stations, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industry, Commerce and Information Technology, said the policy will offer incentives for setting up charging stations and enable creation of infrastructure... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Municipal Administration & Urban Development Minister proposes Japanese model of waste management for Telangana

Municipal Administration & Urban Development Minister K. Tarakarama Rao said that the effective Municipal Solid Waste management was the need of the hour with the growing urban population in Telangana state to ensure cleaner and healthier cities.
The minister was addressing a 10 member Japanese delegation, comprising of delegates from Clean Authority of Tokyo (CAT 23), JETRO and TAKUMA, which visited the Metro Rail Bhavan.
KTR requested the visiting delegates to study the... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

CEA releases policy to promote power generation from paddy straw

Residents from Delhi and the National Capital Region can now expect relief next year from the pollution caused due to the burning of stubble by farmers in Punjab and Harayana. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) on behalf of ministry of power has framed up a policy for biomass utilisation for power generation through co-firing in coal based power plants.

CEA estimates that 30 to 40 million tonnes of... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

India would require to spend 20 lakh crore for its electric vehicle dream by 2030 says NITI Aayog

Government-owned think tank NITI Aayog along U.S based Rocky Mountain Institute released the first two of a series of policy briefs addressing India’s obstacles and opportunities on the path to a shared, electric, and connected mobility future. As the government strives to work towards its commitment to electrify cars in India by 2030, these extensively researched reports outlines “India’s Energy Storage Mission.” Reports say that to meet ambitious EV plan through 100% domestic manufacturing of batteries... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Sustainability Outlook Partners with Nispana Innovative Platforms for National Summit – Sustainable Water & Sanitation Summit 2018 – Bangalore, India

India is the second most populous country in the world, with more than 1 billion citizens. 163 Million People lack access to safe water and 210 Million people lack access to improved sanitation. With the per capita availability of water continuing to decline, the nation hurtles towards water scarcity. Sustainable water supply and sanitation is a very important issue due to the increase in water scarcity, the impact of climate change & adaptation, and the increasing demand in water and competition among... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

India proposes new bio-ethanol policy to spur Rs 5,000 crore investments

The Modi government today announced the blueprint of a new bio-ethanol policy that aims to spur investments of the tune of Rs 5,000 crore for setting up projects with a total production capacity of 1 billion litre of ethanol every year. The policy is aimed at cutting down the country’s huge energy import dependence.

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched the draft of the new policy that will promote... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India, Sweden to work closely in promoting clean technologies

India and Sweden expect to work closely in adopting and promoting green technologies where small and medium enterprises would play critical role.

Addressing the India–Sweden Innovations’ Accelerator Programme here today, Niklas Eriksson, First Secretary, Section for Trade, Economic and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden said India has strong presence of large Swedish companies which are very old and... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Andhra Pradesh to start buying solar power from Kadapa plant

A key state utility has reversed its stand and will buy solar power from a large project, although at a lower rate than initially proposed, giving a boost to the renewable energy sector, which was being derailed by monopolistic distribution companies arm-twisting developers to lower tariffs.

Andhra Pradesh has agreed to buy electricity from Kadapa Solar Park, where a subsidiary of France’s Engie won a 250 MW... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Panel moots uniform norms for EV charging stations in India

Electric vehicle charging stations in India will have to follow a common standard approved by the government, which has accepted a panel's suggestion to have a uniform infrastructure across the country. The standardisation of charging infrastructure will enable electric vehicles of all models by different manufacturers to be charged at any station.

The Committee on Standardisation of Protocol for Electric... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Govt’s electric vehicle campaign can create $300 billion domestic battery market: NITI Aayog

Chalking out the road-map for India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Mission 2030, NITI Aayog on Wednesday pitched for a ‘Make in India’ opportunity for battery manufacturers.

The think tank said India’s vision of mass conversion to electric vehicles can create a $300 billion domestic market for EV batteries by 2030.

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Source: liveemint

Punjab Pollution Control Board to map sources of air pollution in industry

The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to map various sources of air pollution by industrial units in the district. It will be done through satellite imagery of Punjab Remote Sensing Station.

During a meeting of board officials, chaired by the PPCB chairman, Kahan Singh Pannu, it was also decided to conduct water audit of all industrial units with a view to bring efficiency in the water... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Nano to make a comeback with electric model

The Tata Nano is making a comeback, with an electric motor under the hood. Tata Motors, the manufacturer of the car once touted as the cheapest in the world, however, has only a limited role this time.

A Coimbatore-based company, Jayem Automotives, has signed an agreement with Tata Motors to source the body shell of the car, which will then be fitted with an electric motor and power train at its facility in... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Oil Marketing Companies to fast-track upgrade of refineries to BS-VI standard

To meet the national capital region (NCR)’s demand for cleaner fuel by April 2018, oil marketing companies (OMCs) have decided to hasten the process of upgrading their refineries, two senior officials from the refiners said.

The officials said that with less than six months left to meet the Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI, comparable to Euro-VI) emission standard, the process could throw up some challenges but given... Read more..

Source: livemint

Hearing on antidumping probe into solar equipment imports on December 12

Indian solar energy industry remains divided even as the government has moved closer to a decision on whether or not to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of solar cells and modules from China, Malaysia and Taipei. 

The Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has called a hearing for its antidumping investigation into solar equipment from these countries on December 12. The hearing, to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indians face higher power bills as government mulls passing on green costs

India is considering regulatory changes to let power companies pass on costs of installing emission-cutting equipment to consumers, a government official said, a politically sensitive proposal amid rising pollution in big cities. 

Record levels of smog in the capital and other major centres have piled pressure on the government and power providers to tackle a growing public heath crisis. 

... Read more..
Source: The Economic Times