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68 crore earmarked for solid waste management by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation

While the city waits for the March 17 announcement of the results of the Swachh Sarvekshan, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation's draft budget for 2017-18 has seen an allocation of Rs 68 crore to the solid waste management component.

This year's earmarked fund for solid waste management will see an increase of Rs 12 crore over last year's provision.

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Source: The Times of India

Southern Online Bio Technologies signs a MoU with Union Enterprise

Southern Online Bio Technologies, announced that the company has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Enterprise Private Limited. The MoU is for the supply, operation, production, maintenance & sale of biodiesel at Vizag & Nalgonda plants on turnkey basis.
Southern Online Bio Technologies Limited is engaged in the provision of internet services and manufacture of biodiesel. The company is also engaged in trading of used cooking oil and contract, and bio diesel plant... Read more..

Source: IIFL

Solid waste management plant to get functional at Shekhupura village

fter seven months, the solid waste management plant at Shekhupura village is all set to get functional. The municipal corporation has hired an agency to get it working.

Aditya Dhaiya, municipal commissioner said "We have hired an agency—Akanksha enterprises to which MC will pay a sum of Rs 99 lakh and the agency will start the plant within two days. Karnal would be the first city to make such an effort."... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Indian government to build cement plants near power plants to use fly ash

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has decided to form a multi-disciplinary committee to examine the possibility of building cement plants near to power plants to use fly ash. The decision was taken at the ministry's Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for thermal power projects in mid-February 2017 following a directive by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in January 2017, according to the Mint newspaper.

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Source: Global Cement

Kirron Kher inaugurates UJALA scheme in Chandigarh

Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher on Monday launched the Central Government's UJALA scheme here and asked power consumers to use energy efficient appliances for a cleaner and greener environment.

Kher inaugurated the Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme aiming to distribute 30 lakh LED bulbs, 10 lakh LED tube lights and 1 lakh BEE 5-star rated energy efficient fans to consumers.... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Prices of renewable certificates slashed

The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has reduced the prices of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) to a historic low in a move that could resurrect the market for them.

The CERC in its draft proposal has set the floor price of the solar REC at Rs 1/unit and forbearance at Rs 2.5/unit. These were earlier Rs 3.5/unit and Rs 5.8/unit, respectively. The floor price for non-solar RECs has been... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Railways plan to save energy worth Rs.41,000 cr in 10 yrs

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said his Ministry has drawn up an action plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore over the next ten years.

"I have prepared an action plan and it has been presented to the public (domain) also, that Rs 41,000 crore can be saved on energy during the next 10 years," Prabhu said at a conference by Confederation of Indian Industry, here.

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Source: The Statesman

Rajasthan, Haryana, Chhattisgarh discoms major gainers under UDAY

The power distribution utilities in Rajasthan, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Punjab are among major gainers in lowering their interest cost under UDAY scheme meant for revival of discoms.

"State power distribution companies (DISCOMs) are reporting handsome savings and improvements in operational efficiency and found ways of cutting down power theft under Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY)," a senior official... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat government buys solar power at Rs 15 per unit from 38 firms

At a time when solar power costs in the country have fallen to record lows, Gujarat government bought solar power at the cost of Rs 15 per unit from 38 different private producers during the last two years. According to the data shared in the Gujarat Assembly on Friday, the state government said it has bought a total of over 2600 million units of solar power from 61 different solar power developers in the state, during the calendar year 2015 and 2016. Among these private power producers, 38 of these firms... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

NLC to invest over Rs 14,000 cr in thermal, solar power plants in Odisha

Chennai-based navratna PSU company, NLC India Ltd (formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation), has firmed up plans to set up a pithead coal-based power project in Odisha with a capacity of 3,200 Mw.

The power plant entails an investment of Rs 11,785 crore, and is to come up at Tareikela near Jharsuguda in western Odisha. The site chosen for the coal-fired power generating station is in the vicinity of the... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

14 urban pockets in Bengal set to take waste-to-energy path

Large tracts of land—vested or belonging to the municipality—in 14 urban pockets have been identified to develop landfill sites, where solid waste will be converted into compost or bio-gas.

For the green project, in sync with the Green City Mission launched recently, the urban development and municipal affairs departments have snactioned Rs 421.69 crore to 14 urban local bodies, including KMC. State... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Thermal power generation to reduce by half in next five years

Coal-fired power generation is expected to grow 4.05 per cent during 2017-18, suggests Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in its latest estimates. Hydel on the other hand is expected to grow 5.52 per cent, while nuclear will grow only about 2.43 per cent during the same year.

CEA has estimated that coal-fired power plants are likely to generate 9,58,444 million units of power in 2017-18. In contrast it had... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: CEA, industry news, power sector

Delhi’s solar energy policy to see the light of day next month

Delhi’s solar policy will come into effect from April, eight months after it received the Aam Aadmi Party government’s approval.

The move will not only help households avail the 30% subsidy offered by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) but also prevent dubious vendors from hawking substandard solar panels in the capital.

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Source: Hindustan Times

Tirunelveli first to have 100% waste segregation

It took barely a few months for Tirunelveli municipality in Tamil Nadu to achieve the feat of achieving 100% segregation of waste at source across households and establishments. It involved securing undertakings from each household to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, campaigns though TV and local radio channels targeting housewives and roping in religious leaders and NGOs.

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Source: The Times of India

PepsiCo, Danimer Scientific Partner on Biodegradable Resins

PepsiCo and biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific have teamed up to develop biodegradable film resins that will help the beverage giant meet its sustainable packaging goals.

The agreement builds on the two companies’ long-standing relationship, which has included the development of bio-based compostable packaging for PepsiCo’s snack brands, and will allow Danimer Scientific to expand its Nodax PHA plant,... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Shimla to generate power from waste from April 1

From April 1, tourist town Shimla would be the first hill station to generate electricity from waste. From March 20 onwards the trial run of garbage processing plant would start. National Green Tribunal earlier had directed the project proponent to start the operation of plant from December 15 last year onwards but somehow operation got delayed.

Sources said that on successful trial run of plant from March... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

SMC wins seven national awards for water supply, renewable energy

It's raining awards for the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) for water supply system, promotion of renewable energy and smart grids in India.

For the first time, the civic body will be receiving around seven awards from the government of India for efficient water supply system and the smart use of renewable energy including smart grid and rooftop solar power plants.

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Source: The Times of India

Relyon Solar Launches Single-Axis Trackers for Solar Power Plants

Relyon Solar has announced the launch of its single-axis trackers for solar power plants. The product launch was followed by a get together of industry experts at The Leela Ambience, Delhi.

Relyon Solar’s single axis tracker ensures solar project viability through an additional 18-25% increase in power generation. The improved generation can result in improved financial returns said company.... Read more..


Norway’s Statkraft, Bharat Light and Power JV commissions 5 mw solar power project

Statkraft BLP Solar Solutions, a joint venture between Norway’s State-owned utility Statkraft and Bharat Light and Power, has started generation at its 5 mw solar power plant in Karnataka, the company said in a statement Thursday.

Statkraft BLP is in pact to sell power from this project to three clients in Karnataka, which include a five-star hotel in Bangalore, a subsidiary of a major German industrial... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Use Solid Waste In Constructing Highways: Delhi Governor

Concerned over all three landfill sites in the national capital running out of their capacity, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has pitched for use of solid waste in constructing highways.

In Delhi, there are three landfill sites – Bhalaswa (North Delhi), Ghazipur (East Delhi) and Okhla (South Delhi), which are on the brink of saturation. In December last year, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Kolkata Environment Impact Investment Project's Second Phase To Start Soon

The second phase of Kolkata Environment Impact Investment Project (KIIP) will start shortly, state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said on Thursday.

While presenting the Budget of the department for 2017-18, he said that the first phase of the work will start in nine packages.

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Source: Millenium Post

Govt calls for change in India's entire urban eco-system

With half the country's population on course to live in urban centres in the next 15-20 years, there is a pressing need to improve the entire ecosystem of urbanisation, the government said on Thursday.

"Herein, lies the challenge in urban governance and political and economic system," Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Rajeev Kapoor said while inaugurating the 8th GRIHA Summit here.... Read more..

Source: The Statesman

Poland challenges EU deal on carbon market reform

Poland is challenging draft carbon market reforms agreed by most European Union governments this week, saying the deal is not-binding because it did not have the full backing of the bloc's 28 nations, the country's environment ministry said on Thursday.

Poland does not rule out taking the issue to the European Court of Justice to unravel the legislation, once it is adopted, Environment Ministry spokesman... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India’s SECI scraps 150MW local content solar tender in Rajasthan

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has scrapped 150MW of solar capacity that was due to be auctioned under local content rules.

The original tender involved 750MW under open category at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan, but SECI carved out another 150MW for the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) back in January. The DCR mandates solar equipment to be sourced from India. However, SECI announced today... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Envigreen develops environment friendly plastic product

In Ashwath Hegde’s 10th-floor office in the south-Indian city of Bengaluru, plastic has become a multi-sensory experience.

“Just see what happens,” Hegde says, tearing a piece from a small plastic bag and setting it on fire. “There are no fumes. Plastic normally has a horrible smell when it burns.”

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Source: The Guardian