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Karnataka: New solar power policy in the works

The state government plans to unveil a new solar power policy next month and phase out power purchase agreements (PPAs), which have become problematic for Karnataka because of excess production and must-use clauses.

There are no storage facilities for solar power, and the government finds it difficult to fulfil the rigid requirements of PPAs that were signed long back. At the same time, it has to utilise funds to keep conventional sources alive as a backup.

Officials said that the government was relooking at the solar policy, which was formulated in 2014 and is up for renewal... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP)

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri today co-chaired a virtual Ministerial meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ms. Jennifer Granholm to launch the revamped U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).

The SCEP is launched in accordance with U.S.-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden at the Leaders Summit on Climate held in April this year.

The SCEP organizes inter-governmental engagement across five pillars of cooperation... Read more..

Source: PIB

CESL to launch the country's first grid scale battery storage program

Converge Energy Solutions Services Ltd (CESL), the newest energy solutions company launched under the aegis of state-owned EESL, will launch the country’s first grid scale battery storage program.

The company, which has executed projects in electric mobility and LEDs in rural areas, will also expand in solar-agri solutions, electric public transport and charging infrastructure. Speaking with Business Standard, Mahua Acharya, managing director, CESL, said battery storage plans of the company will be grid-scale.

Source: Business Standard

Ethanol producers propose to invest Rs 3,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh government is preparing to unveil an ethanol policy to attract ethanol manufacturers in the state. At least 18 investors have proposed to invest Rs 3000 crore in the state.
In the past six months, 18 potential investors have seen land parcels across different locations in the state to set up ethanol plants. Some of the destinations being preferred by investors for setting up manufacturing units are Jabalpur, Satna, Chhindwara, Vidisha, Balaghat, Nemawar and Dhamnod.

Industrial policy and investment promotion department principal secretary and Madhya Pradesh... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Centre of Excellence on Offshore Wind launched jointly by the two ministers

Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh met with Mr. Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities here today. In the meeting, from the India side, Shri Bhagwanth Khuba, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, Secretary MNRE Shri Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi and other senior officials of the Ministries of power and MNRE were also present. The Danish minister was also accompanied by a delegation of officials.

Shri R.K Singh underlined to the Danish side that energy transition towards green is an important part of India’s policy. He... Read more..

Source: PIB

India's first Indigenously Designed High Ash Coal Gasification Based Methanol Production Plant at BHEL R&D Centre, Hyderabad

Methanol is utilized as a motor fuel, to power ship engines, and to generate clean power all over the world. Methanol is also used to generate di-methyl ether (DME), a liquid fuel that is very similar to diesel — existing diesel engines simply need to be minimally changed to use DME instead of diesel.

The majority of worldwide methanol production is derived from natural gas, which is a relatively easy process. Since India doesn’t have much of the natural gas reserves, producing methanol from imported natural gas lead to outflow of foreign exchange and sometimes uneconomical due to... Read more..

Source: PIB

Google Commits to be Water Positive, Replenishing More Water than Consumed by 2030

Alphabet Inc's Google aims to replenish 20% more water than its offices and data centers use by 2030, the company said on Thursday, addressing concerns about water-guzzling tech facilities amid record droughts.

"We are pledging to a water stewardship target to replenish more water than we consume by 2030 and support water security in communities where we operate," Google Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt wrote in a blog post. "This means Google will replenish 120% of the water we consume, on average, across our offices and data centers."

Brandt said the tech giant is... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Renewable energy expo to begin on Sep 15, to host over 120 exhibitors

A three-day Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo will begin on September 15 at Greater Noida near here where over 120 exhibitors would showcase their products, services and technologies, a statement said on Thursday.

The event will bring together decision makers and influencers as well as technical experts and professionals from leading companies involved in the renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution, the statement said.

The expo will also host UK Pavilion by Department for International Trade, European Union (EU) Pavilion, and Bio Energy Pavilion, besides... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Improved water management system developed can treat toxic textile effluents facilitating its reuse in households and industry

Indian researchers have developed an improved wastewater treatment solution that can completely reuse industrial dye wastewater from textile industry, eliminating its toxicity and making it suitable for domestic and industrial usage. It can reduce water treatment costs and facilitate the reuse of the water in dry regions.

The current 3-stage treatment process for wastewater consisting of primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment is unable to treat toxic industrial wastewater. The stand-alone AOP treatment technique for colour and odour properties in industrial effluents (dye-based... Read more..

Source: PIB

Walmart Highlights Sustainability Commitments with Inaugural $2 Billion Green Bond Issuance as Part of Jumbo Transaction

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced it has successfully priced the company's first green bond. Net proceeds from the $2 billion green bond offering will be used to fund existing and future projects that enable Walmart to achieve its sustainability goals.

Over the next few years, Walmart intends to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds of the $2 billion offering toward a portfolio of Eligible Green Investments that meet certain eligibility criteria within the areas of renewable energy, high performance buildings, sustainable transport, zero waste and circular economy,... Read more..

Source: Walmart

India proposing to come out with mandates for green hydrogen purchase obligations in refining and fertilizer sector ; also eyeing steel;  Government proposing to come up with VGF for green hydrogen in heavy mobility

India is among one of the few countries globally which has kept to its Paris Climate Change (COP21) commitments along with an exponential increase in renewable energy capacity. Considering the pace of development in the energy sector, India is determined to not only achieve, but to exceed its NDC commitments well within the committed time frame. This was stated by Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh in his keynote address at the webinar on “A Multilateral Approach to Building a Global Hydrogen Economy” was organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable... Read more..

Source: PIB

Renewable energy and Energy efficiency are among the key pillars of Indian climate change strategies: Shri Bhupender Yadav

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav held a meeting with H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Climate Envoy and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology virtually today and discussed issues relating to COP 26, renewable energy and other related matters.

Stating that renewable energy and energy efficiency are among the key pillars of Indian climate change strategies, Shri Yadav mentioned that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India has worked to make sure that renewable energy, particularly solar, becomes cheaper than... Read more..

Source: PIB

Power Minister chairs meeting on action plan for enhancing the investment by power sector CPSEs in renewable Energy Projects

A meeting to discuss the Action Plan for enhancing the investment by power sector CPSEs in renewable Energy Projects, was held under the Chairmanship of Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister of Power & NRE yesterday. Representative of all Hydro CPSEs, NTPC Ltd., MNRE and SECI were present in the meeting.Following decisions were arrived during the meeting:

Investment approval & Competitiveness:
In-principle approval to be accorded to CPSUs of MoP for bidding of RE power projects at the beginning of year for a pre-determined capacity based on strength of their balance sheet.... Read more..

Source: PIB

Government has approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Textiles

Taking steps forward towards the vision of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the PLI Scheme for Textiles for MMF Apparel, MMF Fabrics and 10 segments/ products of Technical Textiles with a budgetary outlay of Rs. 10,683 crore. PLI for Textiles along with RoSCTL, RoDTEP and other measures of Government in sector e.g. providing raw material at competitive prices, skill development etc will herald a new age in textiles manufacturing.

PLI scheme for Textiles is part of the overall announcement of PLI Schemes for 13... Read more..

Source: PIB

Green hydrogen: PLI scheme for electrolyser manufacturing on the cards, says Union power minister RK Singh

To expedite the uptake of green hydrogen, the government will come up with a production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for investors in electrolyser manufacturing, Union power minister RK Singh said on Wednesday. Electrolysers are used to produce green hydrogen using electricity generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind plants.

While delivering the keynote address at a webinar on green hydrogen organised by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Singh said that as much as 8,800 mega-watt (MW) of electrolyser capacity is required to meet the demand of the... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Tamil Nadu announces 4,000 Mw solar parks with 2,000 Mw of battery storage projects

The state government on Tuesday announced solar power parks across the state to generate 4,000MW of solar energy with battery storage system of 2,000MW in areas excluding corporations and municipalities.

The government also committed to install smart meters to make it easier for monitoring power consumption, and facilitate payments either post-paid or prepaid with zero-error assessment. Distribution transformers will also get smart meters at 1,270 crore.

Electricity minister V Senthil Balaji said the government would set up 11 pumped storage hydropower projects in several... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India to give $3.5 bln in revised clean tech scheme for automakers -sources

India will give about $3.5 billion in incentives to auto companies over a five-year period under a revised scheme to boost the manufacturing and export of clean technology vehicles, two sources aware of the latest proposal told Reuters.

The government's original plan was to give about $8 billion to automakers and part manufacturers to promote mainly gasoline technology, with added benefits for electric vehicles (EVs).

The scheme was redrawn to focus on companies that build electric and hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles, Reuters reported on Friday, with the shift just as Tesla... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Global hydropower industry launches ESG standard to attract investors

The Hydropower Sustainability Council (HSC) has launched an environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance standard to enhance transparency in the industry and give investors more confidence in backing new projects, it said on Thursday.

Hydropower supplied one sixth of global electricity in 2020 but new projects have slowed, partly due to lengthy permitting processes, risks from environmental assessments and opposition from local communities. read more

“The hydropower sector needs a credible, transparent certification scheme that will incentivise the best projects,”... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Ministry of Coal Constitutes Task Force and Expert Committee to Prepare Road Map for Coal based Hydrogen Production

On India’s 75 th Independence Day, the Prime Minster announced a Hydrogen Mission. Coal is one of the important sources of hydrogen making (Brown Hydrogen) apart from Natural Gas (Grey hydrogen) and renewable energy (Green Hydrogen) through electrolysis. In case of renewable energy (Green Hydrogen) surplus solar power is used to electrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen. The global emphasis is on substituting liquid fuels with hydrogen (as fuel in vehicles), storage of surplus renewable power as hydrogen (as power cannot be stored at a cost effective price), and cutting down emission.... Read more..

Source: PIB

Tamil Nadu’s energy dept plans a solar park in every district

The Tamil Nadu government plans to set up 4,000 MW worth of solar power generating units and 2,000 MW worth of solar parks with battery storage capacity in the near term.

The proposed projects are part of the State government’s vision of adding 20,000 MW of solar capacity with adequate battery storage, over the next 10 years, the State Energy Minister V Senthilbalaji told the Assembly on Tuesday. The energy department is proposing a solar power park in every district of the State to meet the growing demand for energy.

It is also proposing 2,000 MW worth of LNG-based power... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Shri Bhupender Yadav dedicates first functional Smog Tower of India, situated at Anand Vihar in New Delhi

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav has asked all stakeholders including the citizens to sincerely and earnestly contribute to achieve cleaner air and healthier lives for all.

The Union Minister, who was speaking at an event in New Delhi today to mark the second International Day of clean Air For Blue Skies, stated that the Central Government has launched several initiatives to improve air quality in the entire country, with the Prime Minister himself setting a goal for holistic improvement in air quality in more than 100 cities. “86... Read more..

Source: PIB

Tackling wind energy waste, Gamesa produces recyclable blades

Spanish turbine maker Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) said on Tuesday it has started producing recyclable offshore wind turbine blades for commercial use.

Wind turbine blades are generally large and non-recyclable and at the end of their service end up in huge landfills that have started attracting environmentalists' attention.

Rival Vestas (VWS.CO) in May unveiled technology enabling wind turbine blades to be fully recycled, but Siemens Gamesa claimed in its statement on Tuesday that it was the first company to produce recyclable blades. read more

Wind turbine blades are... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Rajasthan: RERC raises net metering load capacity up to 500KW

Ending a prolonged uncertainty over the fate of rooftop solar projects, Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) in an order on Tuesday increased net metering load capacity up to 500 kiloxwatt (KW) from earlier provision of 10kW.

In the order it said, “Net metering arrangement shall be applicable for loads up to 500 KW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, for all categories of the consumers. However, the Commission may take further view on other issues raised by the discoms in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure.”

TOI on... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

First India-Japan High Level Policy Dialogue on Environment held today.

The First India–Japan High Level Policy Dialogue was held virtually on 7th September 2021 between Mr.Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India and Mr. KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment of Japan, and discussed issues on Air Pollution, Sustainable Technologies and Transports, Climate Change, Marine Litter, Fluorocarbons, COP 26, etc.

In meeting, Mr.Bhupender Yadav acknowledged the importance of Indo-Japan bilateral cooperation on environment and appreciated efforts made by Japan in bringing new technologies in India. He also... Read more..

Source: PIB

EV Plugs comes up with aggregator service for EV charging

India’s first independent aggregator app for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has gone live with more than 1000 verified listings. EV Plugs is a free app available on both iOS and android besides being web-based.

According to Manish Narang, co-founder and chief executive, EV Plugs, the 1000 charging stations are across more than 60 cities in India. The listed charging stations include those being offered by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), Tata Power, Statiq, Ather, ReVolt, etc.

Public sector companies, like NTPC and EESL, and those running electric vehicle (EV)... Read more..

Source: Business Standard