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ABB India surpasses 4.5 GW renewable energy portfolio

Power equipment company ABB India today said the company has surpassed a portfolio of 4.5 Gigawatt renewable capacity with delivery of over 2,000 units of power generators in the country.

The company said these generators for wind turbines are manufactured in a factory in city of Vadodara Gujarat, recognized as ABB’s one of the most advanced facility globally and the fourth such facility in the group.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Major power consumers zero in on Madhya Pradesh for solar energy

Giant power consumers are now inclined towards solar energy to cut back expenditure in a long run and ensuring their contribution in promotion of green energy in India. Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited is the centre of attraction in the country for signing lowest solar power tariff of Rs 2.97 per unit in the country at Rewa Ultra Mega Project.

Major consumers like Indian Oil Corporation, Oil India... Read more..


BEML inaugurates 200 Kilowatt rooftop solar power project in Mysore

State-run BEML today announced inauguration of a 200 KW grid-connected rooftop solar project in Mysore.

"With the installation and commissioning of the rooftop solar project, BEML inches towards achieving the target of utilising 100 per cent renewable energy for captive consumption," the company said in a statement.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board to sell treated domestic waste water

For the first time, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is offering treated domestic waste water from its Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) for sale.

For a start, HMWSSB will charge Rs 125 per 5,000 litres, with the tanker and transportation charges to be borne by consumers. Earlier, the Board was diverting all the treated water into Musi River. Now, the Board intends to put the... Read more..

Source: Telangana Today
Subject Tags: industry news, STP, water

Aditya Birla Group, Lotus Renewables to launch $100m clean energy fund

Aditya Birla Group  along with Lotus Renewables  is set to launch a $100 million Global Clean Energy Fund  targeted at developing countries in Asia, including India, as well as Australia.

“Currently we are looking Asia and Australia as a market to start with . We have identified markets like India , Srilanka , Australia , Indonesia , Thailand , Philippines , Vietnam etc,” K Gowri Shankar, Director, Lotus... Read more..

Source: Deal Street Asia

Centre clears Ganga cleaning projects worth Rs 1,050 crore for Patna

The Centre has awarded projects worth Rs 1,050 crore to different private companies for setting up sewage treatment infrastructure in Patna in next two to three years. The projects are part of the government's Ganga cleaning programme under its 'Namami Gange' mission.

The amount will be spent for setting up two Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), renovation of one existing STP, construction of two pumping... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Must assess pollution impact: Centre to all ministries

The union environment ministry recently expressed doubts about international reports that link air pollution with mortality and recommended exercising caution in interpreting these studies. But now the union health ministry along with the World Health Organisation (WHO) is set to release a public declaration on the health impacts of air pollution.

The "Delhi commitment on multi-sectoral action for addressing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: air pollution, environment

Bengaluru water crisis: Karnataka faces severe scarcity, 160 of 176 taluks declared drought-hit

The South Indian state, Karnataka is facing a severe water crisis for the fourth consecutive season as less than 20% water is left in 9 of Karnataka’s 12 dams. The situation is getting worse in the state as we are heading towards the cropping season and even the IT city of Bengaluru may face a drinking water crisis by May. Currently, 160 of 176 taluks in Karnataka have been declared drought-hit while the rainfall has come down by 40-70% between August and December bringing down the agricultural production to... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express
Subject Tags: pollution, water scarcity

Policy for producing coal-based methanol soon: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said the government is planning to frame a policy for production of coal-based methanol.

According to Minister of Road, Transport Highways and Shipping Gadkari, the policy, once framed, has a potential to generate employment for 25 lakh people.

"India has a surplus of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Industry should make sustainable plastics for infrastructure: Suresh Prabhu

 As part of an effort to grow while preserving the fragile environment, industry should try and make sustainable plastics for developing infrastructure, said Suresh Prabhu, Minister for Railways, at a ‘Conference on plastic processing’, organised by FICCI last week. He underlined the need for developing sustainable infrastructure and creating opportunities for moving to the next level of a sustainable paradigm.

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Source: Business Standard

Central Pollution Control Board proposes buffer zones around landfill sites

To prevent people living in areas around landfill sites from impact of high pollution from them, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has now proposed guidelines to keep and maintain a buffer zone around them.

The current solid waste management practice in India envisages different treatment technologies followed by disposal of garbage in secured landfill sites.

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Source: Livemint

Coca-Cola Supports Program to Get Customers to Return Used Plastic Bottles

Coca-Cola is supporting a plan to cut waste by charging consumers a small fee upfront that would be handed back if they return their bottles. The goal is to prevent litter and to cut down on trash going into landfills.

The Independent is reporting that such an effort is already underway in Germany and Sweden — and that if approved, it would go into effect in Scotland, which along with the rest of the United... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) inaugurates waste segregation centre in Gujarat

Tata Power today said its subsidiary Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL) has inaugurated a waste segregation centre under the Rural Solid Waste Management Programme at Tunda village, Gujarat.

Tata Power through its 100 per cent subsidiary, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd (CGPL), has always been at the forefront towards the improvement of the standard of living for its communities through Rural Solid Waste Management... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Arunachal CM Khandu holds meeting with officials of REC & SECI

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today held a meeting with officials of REC and SECI to discuss ongoing Deen Dayal Upadhaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) scheme being implemented in the state.

The chief minister sought information on the status of tender floated and pending works regarding the rural electrification work under the DDUGJY scheme with the officials of the Rural Electrification... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Odisha clears 11 investment proposals worth Rs 2,000 crore

The state level single window clearance committee (SLSWCA) in Odisha on Tuesday cleared 11 investment projects worth Rs 2,000 crore in diverse sectors that are expected to create employment for more than 8,000 people.

The committee led by chief secretary A P Padhi also refereed three more projects worth Rs 22,000 crore to the high level clearance authority (HLCA) led by chief minister Naveen Patnaik as the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar solution to water crisis in Sundargarh

Come summer and rural population in tribal-dominated Sundargarh district can be seen walking miles for collecting water. But, not anymore. The scene in rural Sundargarh has changed for the better. At least four lakh people would have assured safe drinking water through solar dual pump sets and Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants.

During peak summer remote rural pockets, particularly the non-electrified villages,... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

World Bank to invest over $1 billion over next 2-3 years in Maharashtra

World Bank would invest over $1 billion over next 2-3 years in Maharashtra and it would be providing assistance for urban transport projects like MUTP phase 3 and climate resilient project undertaken in drought affected and suicide prone 14 districts of state.

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva​ announced that this was the highest engagement by World Bank in India. She had a delegation level meeting with... Read more..

Source: DNA

Andaman & Nicobar: Power consumers urged to install rooftop solar systems

The A&N Administration, under the guidance of Lt. Governor and in order to reduce the dependency on diesel generated power, is in the process of framing a Solar Policy with an aim to introduce green energy in the islands by harnessing solar energy through ‘Rooftop Solar Plants’ in all sectors, including private residential buildings.

In this regard, bids are being invited from the developers/manufactures... Read more..


Chandigarh Pushes For Harnessing Rooftop Solar Energy

As another step towards achieving the status of Model Solar City after bagging the status of a smart city the union territory of Chandigarh has mandated installation of Solar Photo Voltaic Power Plants on the residential and non residential buildings above 500 sq yards. The scheme covers the private educational institutions, schools, colleges, hostels, technical/ vocational educational institutions having connected load of 30 kw and above.

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Source: Hill Post

Wind power auction: PTC India to facilitate 1,000 Mw electricity trade

PTC India Ltd, India’s largest power trading company, will act as the trading partner for sale and purchase of power from wind power projects selected through the government’s first-ever auction of wind power projects of 1,000 Megawatt capacity. PTC will be the nodal entity for supplying power to utilities after entering into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with successful bidders.

With the just concluded... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Telangana Govt plans EMI scheme for rooftop solar system

The Telangana government is set to come up with a scheme of Equated Monthly Installment (EMI) based installation of rooftop solar energy for individual consumers.

According to official sources in the Telangana New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TNREDCL) the scheme is in the final stages of development and would be announced soon. As per the modalities prepared, each individual... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Bengal government draws up green city blueprint

The Mamata Banerjee government has come up with an operation guideline on the 'Green Cities Mission' for all the urban local bodies of the state. The government has allocated Rs 456 crore from the state plan fund this year for the mission.

State urban development and municipal affairs department minister Firhad Hakim held a meeting with the mayors, chairpersons and other representatives of all municipalities... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Electric vehicles for commercial use may not require permits

The government is working on a scheme to encourage the use of commercial electric vehicles for city transport that will remove all necessary permits otherwise needed to run commercial vehicles, including taxis in the country. The government says it feels this has the potential to transform the electric mobility sector in the country.

The government, in partnership with taxi aggregator Ola, is also... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India to generate 1,229 billion units of power in 2017-18 from thermal, hydro, nuclear sources

The government has set a target of generating 1,229.4 billion units in 2017-18 from thermal, hydro and nuclear sources along with imports from Bhutan, Central Electricity Authority data showed.

Generation from thermal sources alone stands at 1,042.1 billion units from thermal sources, a large part of which would be fuelled by coal that would generate 958.4 billion units in the next financial year.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: industry news, power sector

Air pollution: Meerut poorer than Delhi; NGT notice to Centre

A petition claiming that ambient air quality in Meerut was worse than in Delhi and seeking curbs on the entry of 10-year old diesel vehicles on Tuesday prompted the NGT to seek responses from the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, UP government, Central Pollution Control Board, state... Read more..

Subject Tags: air pollution, NGT