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Climate change could reverse India’s health progress

Climate change is threatening to reverse the progress made by India on tackling maternal and child health issues as well as on containing mosquito-related illnesses such as dengue and malaria, latest research published in medical journal Lancet has warned. The paper warns that by 2050, carbon dioxide concentrations are projected to reach levels which will lead to zinc and protein deficiencies in an additional 5 crore and 3.8 crore people respectively in India by 2050. Forty crore women of childbearing age and one crore children under five at greater risk of iron deficiency, it states. “... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Electric vehicles' rise may lead to slow global oil demand from 2025: IEA

Growth in global oil demand is expected to slow from 2025 as fuel efficiency improves and the use of electric vehicles increases, but consumption is unlikely to peak in the next two decades, the International Energy Agency said on Wednesday. The Paris-based IEA, which advises Western governments on energy policy, said in its annual World Energy Outlook for the period to 2040 that demand growth would continue to increase even though there would be a marked slowdown in the 2030s.The agency's central scenario - which incorporates existing energy policies and announced targets - is for demand... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Hero Future files petition against Andhra discoms

In the continuing face-off between the Andhra Pradesh government and renewable energy developers, Hero Future Energies has filed a contempt petition with the Andhra Pradesh electricity power regulator for recovery of dues from the state’s discoms, which have not been paid despite an earlier order from the regulator. Hero has claimed it has dues of Rs 200 crore from various Andhra Pradesh discoms pending since 2017. The company approached the APERC (Andhra Pradesh Electricity Power Regulatory Commission) for a resolution on the matter, following which APERC directed the discoms to clear... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Bhakra Beas Management Board signs MoU for 40 MW hydropower project

After 40 years of completion of Beas Satluj Link (BSL) project, 40MW hydel project would come up at Pandoh-Baggi tunnel. The Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has entered into an MoU with the Himachal Pradesh government for setting up of 40 MW Baggi power house in Mandi district during the ‘Global Investors Meet’ at Dharamshala on Friday. This power project includes two units of 20 MW each and is located at the tail of Pandoh-Baggi tunnel. BBMB chairman D K Sharma said the project has been assigned to them by the Union power ministry on October 22, after concurrence of all the partner... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

MG Motor eyes selling 2-3k units of ZS EV electric SUV in India

MG Motor, which is taking aim at India's green mobility market with its upcoming electric SUV MG ZS EV, has said it is looking to go "beyond tokenism" with its foray into the segment. "We are aiming to develop the entire ecosystem around electric cars in the country," MG Motor India President and Managing Director Rajeev Chaba told here. "We are tying up with partners for charging infrastructure, for battery lifecycle management, we are exploring a subscription model for buyers...We are going beyond tokenism," he asserted. The MG ZS EV, to be unveiled next month, will go head to head with... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Tata seeks partners for JLR; approaches BMW, Chinese automaker Geely

Tata Group, the owner of Jaguar Land Rover, has approached carmakers including China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. and BMW AG as it seeks partnerships for the beleaguered British automotive business, people with knowledge of the matter said. India’s largest conglomerate has said it’s open to finding partners for JLR to save on costs and share the burden of investing in electric vehicles. The deliberations were at an early stage and Tata could still approach other potential partners, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. It wasn’t immediately... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Fourth Partner Energy is Paving the Way for Commercial, Industrial And Government Institutions to Adopt Renewable Energy

Fourth Partner Energy (4PEL) is a distributed solar energy developer – paving the way for commercial, industrial and government institutions to adopt renewable energy. It was founded by Vivek Subramanian, Saif Dhorajiwala and Vikas Saluguti on 12th October 2010. They are a full-service provider of Distributed Solar energy solutions. Their offerings include CAPEX (where the consumer of electricity owns the system) and RESCO (where the investment is made by 4PEL and the consumer pays only for the energy) and Open Access or Solar farms. They have executed over 1800 installations across 23... Read more..

Source: Business World

EESL to fall short of its target of electrifying government car fleets two years after the deadline

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited’s (EESL) move to electrify government employees’ car fleet has fallen short of its ambitions with the company set to close its tender for 10,000 electric cars at the end of March 2020 with an expected procurement of only 3,000 such vehicles. There will be no compensation for Tata Motors and Mahindra and Mahindra, who were in September 2017 given a collective tender for these electric cars, Saurabh Kumar, managing director of EESL, told ET. While 10,000 cars were mentioned, the contract with the two manufacturers required them to manufacture... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Stakeholders From The Automobile Sector To Gather In Delhi To Discuss India'S Ev Strategy

Since the announcement of the FAME India Scheme, the Indian government's ambitious plan to phase-out combustion vehicles in the country is becoming a reality. According to a survey conducted by the Economic Times in May 2019, 90% of car owners in India are willing to switch to EVs. Keeping in mind India's potential to become the next big market for electric vehicle infrastructure, World EV Show will aim to open up business opportunities and investments in the Indian electric vehicle space by gathering global EV experts, policymakers, public and private automotive companies, lithium-ion... Read more..

Source: OverDrive

Lack of affordable, eco-friendly alternatives is the biggest challenge in the fight against climate change: Study

A very large proportion of Indians say that they are aware of climate change and are keen to address it, but do not have the option to buy environment-friendly products. According to a research by the Mahindra Group, the principal explanation for this paradox is the absence of suitable environment-friendly products and services at an affordable price. According to Anand Mahindra, Chairman, Mahindra Group, “It is time for action. Business cannot be divorced from the consequences of climate change on the world we share and the people we love.”

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Source: The Hindu Business Line

Bengaluru is now world leader in scooter-sharing: Report

As of 2019, Bangalore is by far the global scooter sharing capital, said a report by Unu, a German manufacturer of electric scooters. According to the Global Scooter Sharing Market Report 2019, India is the highest contributor to the global increase in the number of scooters available on a sharing basis. Interestingly, the tech capital of India is home to almost the entire fleet of scooters available for sharing in the country making India the number one country in the world with the highest fleet size of over 15,000 in the scooter-sharing industry. The study says India has over 20,000... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Waste-to-energy: Researcher develops bio-drying technology in Kochi

A research scholar at Cusat has developed a technology to reduce the moisture content in municipal solid waste (MSW) and make it suitable for manufacturing fuel that can be used in waste-to-energy plants. The researcher, Asha P Tom, who was working under the guidance of Renu Pawels, professor, civil engineering department, Cusat, was recently awarded a doctorate based on her work titled ‘Biodrying: A Sustainable Technology for Municipal Solid Waste Management’. Pawels said the pilot scale bio-drying reactor for treating mixed MSW with high moisture content was developed in collaboration... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

IIT Delhi will commence new MTech programme in Electric Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning from 2020

Good news to career and research aspirants who wish to pursue study in latest advanced technology to hone their skills. Electric Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning are latest innovation areas in technology research. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will be starting new MTech programmes in Electric Vehicle and Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning from 2020. Ramgopal Rao, Director of IIT Delhi, informed via his FaceBook post that these decisions are going through an internal approval process for starting a new M.Tech programme in Electric vehicles... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

MNRE issues norms for 10 lakh solar power pumps under PM-KUSUM scheme

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued guidelines for setting up of 10 lakh grid-connected solar power pumps under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme. Under “Component C” of the scheme 10 lakh agriculture pumps of 7.5 Horsepower capacity each are planned to be solarised by 2022. As per provisions of the scheme, initially one lakh grid-connected pumps are targeted to be solarised on pilot basis and further scale-up will be carried out after the evaluation of the pilot phase. The scheme aims at ensuring reliable day... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India to cross 200 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022

Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh exuded confidence that India will have over 200 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. India has set an ambitious target of having 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. "We have decided that by 2022 we will establish 175 GW of renewable energy capacity. We are close to achieving the target," Singh said at BRICS Energy Ministers meet in Brasilia, Brazil on Monday. "The renewable energy capacity which has been installed is 83 GW and under installation is 31 GW and 35 GW capacity is underbidding. So this becomes around 140-145... Read more..

Source: Deccan Herald

Andhra Pradesh contests HC order prohibiting revision of PPAs

The Andhra Pradesh government has challenged an order passed by a single-judge bench of the state high court restraining the government from renegotiating or revising power purchase agreements (PPA) signed with renewable energy companies, saying the court order is “bad in law and contrary to the facts on record”. In an appeal filed in the high court, the government said it has the right to negotiate power tariffs. It said the single-judge bench erred in ruling that the government being a third party, had no power to issue the July 1order that directed a high-level committee to renegotiate... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Masdar invests $150 million in Hero Future Energies

Hero Future Energies (HFE) today announced Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company or Masdar will invest $150 million strategic investment in the company that will help fund the expansion of its renewable energy portfolio, including in selected international geographies. This is the second strategic investment in Hero Future Energies since 2017 following an initial $125 million made by International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank. HFE hopes that around 25 per cent of its growth will come from new international markets, including Europe and the UK, and Asia, including Bangladesh,... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Neeri to use STP, solar panels for Naik Talao’s facelift

The National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) will use solar panels for rejuvenating Naik Talao, which has been neglected for long by NMC. Deputy mayor Deepraj Pardikar on Friday convened a meeting over rejuvenation works being entrusted to Neeri. The environmental agency informed in the meeting that there are two big tortoises in the lake, and they will also help in rejuvenation. Officials from NMC’s Pench project department said Neeri have prepared a detailed project report for rejuvenation of Naik Talao. It had earlier estimated the cost of rejuvenation at Rs 3.83... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Greaves Leasing Finance ties up with Wheels EMI for EV financing

Greaves Cotton's wholly owned subsidiary NBFC arm, Greaves Leasing Finance has recently announced its partnership with Wheels EMI to provide easy finance options to prospective electric vehicle buyers, hence enable millions of people embrace eco-friendly vehicles. This move will make cost-conscious customers take a prudent decision while buying Ampere electric scooters, the company said in release. The financial products offered by WheelsEMI provide benefits such as credit accessibility, quick eligibility check, collateral free loan, attractive interest rates and personal assistance... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Tata steel to deploy EVs for employees in Jamshedpur

Tata Steel is introducing a fleet of electric vehicles for employees commuting in Jamshedpur under its Go-Green initiative. "The company has partnered with Tata Motors to deploy 40 Tigor Electric Vehicles (EVs) by FY22 in a staggered manner," Tata Steel said in an official statement. A batch of nine Tigor EVs were handed over by the Tata Motors’ team to Tata Steel, on Friday, at the company’s plant in Jamshedpur. The EV fleet will also be listed on Digiwheels, Tata Steel’s digital solution (application), to enable employees to manage their commuting related requirements in the operational... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

150 new e-buses to ply on city roads by early 2021

According top priority to its plan of replacing the existing fleet of mass transport vehicles with electric buses, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has floated tenders for procurement of 150 e-buses. By replacing the present diesel-run fleet with e-buses, SMC hopes to reduce not only its operational and maintenance cost of about Rs 200 crore by at least 60 per cent, but also curb air pollution. These e-buses are also noiseless which will reduce sound pollution levels in the city. At present there are nearly 400 BRTS and City buses are plying on different 51 city routes, with a total... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Kolkata: ‘Ignoring NGT orders adds to pollution’

Environmental crusaders on Friday blamed the spiralling pollution and plunging air quality on the non-compliance of National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders and furnished a 35-point report on the issue. “Our failure to comply with so many directives on environment has polluted the city environment. If we fail to take urgent corrective measures, the city we leave behind will not only be unworthy of living, but it will also be too late to reverse the situation,” said legal activist Subhas Datta, whose PILs on environment issues have forced governments to change the status quo. Senior lawyer... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Success of electric buses touches new heights, 2.14L passengers avail services in 18 months

The success of electric buses in New Town is going up by leaps and bounds with more than 2.14 lakh passengers availing the services in the past 18 months. Three electric buses were introduced in the township on May 1, 2018. Debashis Sen, chairman of the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) had flagged them off at a function. It may be mentioned that New Town is the first township in the state to have introduced electric buses. Also Read - Almost 100% children in Bengal completely immunised: CM It may be mentioned that both in India and abroad, special drives have been... Read more..

Source: Millennium Post

Long-term planning is needed to make power grids ready for EV load: Report

When electric vehicles (EVs) become a favoured transportation option for Indians, policy makers need to think about the ecosystem it will require, and it is much more than just planning for charging stations. One factor least talked about, or planned for, in the penetration of EV is the load it will put on the power distribution grid. The entry stage of EVs into the Indian market may be much easier than when the market transitions to a more advanced growth stage. A research report released by the Florence School of Regulation to announce the entry of its FSR Global Energy Regulatory Hub in... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

MNRE issues clarification on hybrid wind-solar projects’ contribution to RPO of discoms

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a clarification regarding contribution of power sourced from hybrid wind and solar power projects towards meeting Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPOs) of discoms. MNRE has said that the RPO contribution of obligated entities, or discoms, consuming power from hybrid wind-solar power plant will be based on the relative proportion of energy contributed by each source in case there is a variation in the capacity mentioned in the PPA and the actual capacity. "The Obligated Entities would have the option to choose the proportion of each... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World