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Thermal plants in Punjab, Haryana to meet 5pc of fuel demand from paddy stubble

The Centre and the state governments have agreed to make it mandatory for thermal power plants to meet 5 per cent of their fuel requirement from paddy stubble pellets in Punjab and Haryana to check pollution caused by burning of farm waste, sources said. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting chaired by Power Minister R K Singh and attended by chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The top brass of Central Electricity Authority and state-run power giant NTPC were also present in the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mahindra to invest ₹1,000 crore by 2020 for electric vehicles

Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd on Wednesday unveiled plans to invest as much as ₹1,000 crore in Karnataka to build a facility for the development and manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs). Mahindra, which mainly produces sport-utility vehicles and tractors, will implement the project through its subsidiary, Mahindra Electric. The firm will also build components for EVs at the so-called electric technology manufacturing hub in Bengaluru.

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Source: Livemint

Japanese bank to fund West Bengal’s pumped storage project

West Bengals’ power distribution company has roped in Japan International Cooperation Agency for a Rs 5,000 crore loan that would part finance its proposed 1000 mw Turga pumped storage project. 

A loan agreement with the Japanese bank was executed recently and the total project cost has been estimated at Rs 6922 crore. It will come up in the state’s Purulia district at Ayodhya hills. Four reversible pump-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Safeguard duty: NTPC, Acme clash over solar power tariffs

The imposition of safeguard duty on imported solar panels and modules has led to a clash over tariffs between NTPC and developer Acme Solar.

Acme Solar, which won 600 MW in a 2,000 MW solar auction held by NTPC in August, has filed a petition against NTPC in the Delhi high court for introducing new conditions in the letter of intent issued in mid-October. Winners of the remaining 1,400 MW have not objected... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

KSRTC launches 10 EVs for Sabrimala Pilgrimage

Opening a new chapter in the transportation sector of the State, the State-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) on Thursday launched 10 zero-emission and noiseless air-conditioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in its first step towards Green Mobility.

The environment-friendly 32 seater Olectra-BYD’s electric bus, manufactured under Make in India and wet leased by the KSRTC for 10 years,... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Renewable energy demand by RE100 group companies up 41% in 2017

RE100 members companies witnessed an increase of 41% in demand for renewable energy in 2017 compared with 2016, according to an RE100 report on Thursday. Due to fall in prices of renewables, RE100 companies in more than 140 markets across the world switched from fossil fuel to renewable energy, with 37 companies were already over 95% renewable, and six members reached their 100% goal for the first time.

RE100 is a collaborative initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. RE100 is sort of a club of companies that heavily rely on renewable energy and have a target of... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

UP government to offer subsidised solar pumps to farmers for irrigation

 Uttar Pradesh government will give subsidy up to 70% for solar pumps for irrigation purpose to the farmers under a state government scheme, said Agriculture minister, Surya Pratap Shahi. 

Solar energy-driven pump set is an emerging alternative of electrical and diesel pump systems in farm irrigation. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Make in Odisha: Rs 4.1 lakh crore investment proposals received

The Make in Odisha conclave organised by Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha has witnessed investment proposals worth a whopping Rs 4.19 lakh crore for projects across 15 sectors that will create 5.91 lakh additional jobs.

The second edition of the event held in Bhubaneswar saw participation of 5,074 industry leaders and delegates and 31,806 people visited the industrial expo set up by the state during the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EPCA proposed ban non-CNG private vehicles

The ‘big idea’ to solve Delhi’s pollution crisis shows that the primary custodians of the capital’s air quality have run out of ideas.

The Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority, or EPCA, on Wednesday reiterated its unprecedented recommendation to take private vehicles off the road, a move that threatens to plunge Delhi into a public commuting catastrophe, bringing the city to its knees, while doing little to improve air quality – if data, expert opinion and past experience are anything to go by.

The Supreme Court-mandated body has suggested that all non-... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

IIT-M startup develops solar-powered cold storage for farmers

In an attempt to cut wastage of agricultural produce and augment income for farmers, IIT Madras-incubated startup Tan90 has developed a portable, solar-powered cold storage device to preserve farm produce. 

The company has worked in collaboration with the Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre, part of the Murugappa Group, on the project. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Nagaland's 'Hornbill Night Carnival' to be plastic-free

The Kohima Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) has said the stretch showcasing Nagaland's 'Hornbill Night Carnival' from December 1-10 will be a "plastic-free zone".

The carnival is part of the International Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, an annual tourism promotion event of the state government. 

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Source: The Economic Times

MNRE proposes wind turbine certification guidelines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has prepared a draft of the Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS).

This scheme had been prepared in consultation with the National Institute of Wind Energy Chennai. An official statement said, “The IWTCS is a consolidation of relevant National and International Standards (IS/IEC/IEEE), Technical Regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity... Read more..

Source: Hindu BusinessLine

ENGIE acquires controlling stake in Simpa Energy India

Energy services group ENGIE Tuesday announced that it has acquired a controlling stake in Simpa Energy India Pvt Ltd and is investing to fund geographic expansion and accelerate growth. The move reinforces ENGIE's commitment to decentralized renewable energy solutions globally and supports India's rapid transition to clean power, an ENGIE statement said. 

Under the terms of the transaction, the ENGIE has... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

BHEL commissions 120 MW Pulichintala hydro power plant in Telangana

State-owned engineering giant BHEL said Monday that with the completion of fourth and final 30 MW unit, it has completely commissioned 120 MW Pulichintala Hydro-Electric Project (HEP) in Telangana.

The other three units of the 4x30 MW Pulichintala HEP, commissioned earlier by the BHEL have been operating successfully, BHEL said in a statement.

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Source: Business Standard

Solar energy to add power to NMRC's metro stations

Solar energy would add power to all stations of Noida-Greater Noida Metro Rail corridor's Aqua Line that would be operational soon, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said on Monday.

The NMRC entered into an agreement with a private firm on Monday for the solar energy project of the Aqua Line which would run between Sector 71 station in Noida and the Depot Station in Greater Noida, covering 29.7 km... Read more..

Source: Daily Pioneer

BBMP plans to convert waste to energy on a trial basis

Following an inordinate delay in developing waste to energy plants to address municipal waste issues of Bengaluru, the city corporation has now planned to install these plants on an experimental basis in two of its existing waste processing units.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has entered into an agreement with several waste to energy companies including Nexus Novus, Satarem India and Essel... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India’s NTPC tenders for another 1.2 GW of solar

Indian state-run utility NTPC has issued a tender for 1.2GW of solar PV to be connected to the national grid (ISTS) through NTPC generating switchyards in Western Region.

The open category projects will be under a build, own and operate (BOO) basis. The deadline for receipt of technical bids is 19 December 2018.

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Source: PV Tech

UP pollution board issues notices to 300 institutes for violation of waste management rules

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has issued notices to over 300 institutions— including schools, hospitals, hotels private colonies, government bodies and other commercial units— of five districts for ‘violation of solid waste management rules’. This is the maximum number of violations that has surfaced in the Agra district. The board has warned of strict action if the required improvements are not made within 15 days. 

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Source: Times of India

ADB to grant EESL $13 million for energy efficiency revolving fund

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) would grant $13 million to the government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to set up an energy efficiency revolving fund (EERF) under a tie-up announced here on Sunday.

“Towards supporting investments in new, innovative and scalable business models, EESL and ADB signed an agreement for a Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of USD 13 million to establish an Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund,” an official statement said.

The fund aims to expand and sustain investments in the energy efficiency market in India, build market... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

EV infra policy soon; individual can set up charging station for commercial use

The power ministry would soon bring an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure policy, which will also allow individuals to set up charging station for commercial use to boost e-mobility, said Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh Sunday. 

"We have circulated the EV Charging Policy for comments (among other department/ministries). The second line of the policy says that everybody is... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Centre raises ceiling tariffs for renewables project auctions

After several aborted attempts to lure players to participate in the auctions for wind, solar, and hybrid projects, the Centre has now hiked the tariff ceilings in an attempt to elicit a better response from the renewable energy industry.

In response to a query on the extension of bid dates for wind-solar hybrid projects, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New and Renewable Energy, RK Singh... Read more..

Source: Hindu BusinessLine

CBG plants will be established in three districts in Haryana

Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi on Sunday said that crop residue based Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) plants would be established in three districts of the State namely Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Jind.

Apart from this, a MoU had been signed between Indian Oil Corporation and Renewable Energy Department under which crop residue would be purchased from farmers for these plants and energy would be generated out of it... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Researchers develop device to store solar power in water

The renewable energy school under NB Institute for Rural Technology (NBIRT), headed by solar power expert S P Gon Chaudhuri, has come up with a prototype of an integrated machine that will store solar power in water for 24 hours.

The ministry of science and technology has allocated Rs 2.7 crore to initiate a pilot project to develop this integrated machine for a mass solar-hydel project in Assam. NBIRT... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Chandigarh administration to issue notice for non-installation of solar panel

With the deadline for installing rooftop solar power plants at residential properties set to expire on November 17, the UT administration is planning to issue notices to those who have failed to comply with the orders.

The Chandigarh administration, in a notification issued on May 18, 2016, had made installation of rooftop solar power plants mandatory in residential houses measuring 500 square yards and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Cabinet apprised of India joining as member of IEA programme

The Union Cabinet Thursday apprised of India joining as member of Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme under International Energy Agency on May 9.

The programme TCP works under the framework of International Energy Agency (IEA) to which India has "Association" status since March 30, 2017, an official statement said.

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Source: ET Energy World