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Niti Aayog can’t be implementing agency for EV Mission 2030: Nitin Gadkari

The ministry for road transport and highways has objected to the Niti Aayog’s proposal to appoint itself as the implementing agency for India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Mission 2030.

“Niti Aayog’s role is to develop good policies and they should do that. They should not become an implementing agency. Implementation should be given to anybody deemed to be fit by the Cabinet,” Nitin Gadkari, minister for road... Read more..

Source: livemint

Indian Oil Corp opens India's first electric charging station in Nagpur

In a major step in spreading the use of green energy, India's first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was started here on Sunday by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), according to the state-run oil marketing company.

Indian Oil has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to set up the charging station at an IOC petrol pump here.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Toyota and Suzuki in tie-up to sell electric vehicles in India

Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp have agreed to cooperate in selling electric vehicles in India from around 2020, they said on Friday, aiming to give each other a leg up in emerging markets and low-emission technology.

The announcement comes after the Japanese companies agreed in February to trade expertise in parts supplies and research and development.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi to get 2,000 new CNG and electric buses by Nov 2018: Transport Minister

By November next year, the capital will not only get 2,000 new CNG buses, but also electric buses to provide last mile connectivity with metro rail stations. Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot announced that the rollout plan for the procurement of 2,000 CNG buses had been finalised by Delhi government’s transport department.

The government will procure 1,000 buses each for Delhi Transport Corporation... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Renewable energy companies expect easier financing for projects

India’s rapidly growing renewable energy projects will gain from easier finance for investments following the upgrade of the country’s sovereign rating by Moody’s, industry leaders said. But the good news may be overshadowed by regulatory woes stifling the sector.

“Moody’s upgrade of India to a solid investment grade level is a positive and significant move. This will especially be beneficial for the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Pepsi to introduce cola in glass bottles that don’t need to be returned

After shifting its focus to healthier products, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd has turned to a healthier option in packaging.

The local arm of American food and beverages company PepsiCo Inc. has introduced non-returnable glass bottle with a twist-and-turn cap for Pepsi Black, a zero-calorie carbonated beverage.

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Source: livemint

In Pune, CME to set up solar panels to generate 5 MW electricity

The College of Military Engineering (CME) will soon have a 5 MW solar power system as part of the larger plan to meet its power requirement and also contribute to the national gird.

In September this year, the Pune zone chief engineer of the Military Engineering Services (MES) released a notice calling for tenders relating to the 5MW solar power system at CME. The project is estimated to cost Rs 33 crore.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

73% of Kerala's water sources polluted says survey by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority

A first-of-its-kind survey in Kerala, based on 58,463 households, has found that an alarming 73% of water sources in the state is contaminated. Of the 3,606 water sources including rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wells covered by the survey, 26.9% were found to be totally polluted.

The survey was conducted by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority and its report 'status of water resources' was released by... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: drinking water, pollution, water

NGT asks states to prepare and submit an action plan to combat air pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has once again cracked the whip on the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The green court, while lifting some of the restrictions it had imposed earlier, has asked these States to prepare and submit an action plan to combat air pollution within two weeks, failing which it would impose “exemplary costs”.

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Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: action plan, air pollution, NGT

NTPC’s Kahalgaon super thermal plant to produce solar power too

State-owned power generator NTPC's Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Plant (KhSTPP) near Bhagalpur has planned to produce at least 15 Megawatt electricity through solar energy even while continuing to rely on conventional coal for power generation.

KhSTPP executive director Rakesh Samuel told newsmen on Thursday the geo-technical project report had already been prepared and the topographical survey for power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

World's First Vegan Shoe Line Made from Apple Peels Debuts

Vegan brand VEERAH is revolutionizing the fashion industry with a collection of stylish shoes made from apple peels.

New York City-based vegan fashion brand VEERAH this month launched the world’s first shoe line made with apple peels. The VEERAH Appeal collection—three styles that feature clip-on interchangeable accessories such as fringe, bows, and ankle straps—are made from upcycled apple peels, making the... Read more..

Source: Vegan News

Government to push prepaid, smart meters in universal electrification drive

Prepaid and smart meters are going to get greater thrust from the government as India moves towards the target of achieving universal household electrification as part of the Saubhagya scheme by end of next year.

“The government is planning to provide prepaid facility for electricity where the consumer can recharge for as small an amount as Rs 50,” minister for power and new and renewable energy RK Singh... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Smoggy Delhi to get BS-VI fuel from April: Oil Ministry

The Delhi ‘smog’ seems to have ended the ongoing feud between car manufacturers and petroleum retailers on the rollout of Bharat Stage-VI grade fuel. Both have expressed their preparedness to meet the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry’s proposal to advance the higher-grade fuel supplies by two years to April 1, 2018.

As three State governments — Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana — struggle to find a solution to... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Power minister launches portal to track Saubhagya scheme

In a bid to widen the scope for tracking electrification in rural and urban areas, power minister RK Singh on Thursday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or “Saubhagya” web portal.

“It is a major challenge to electrify 4 crore households. But it needed to be done. Without this push, universal electrification will not happen. This is the single most important step in improving the quality... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

IL&FS joins hands with Ecamion to explore energy storage business

Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd has tied up with Canadian clean technology company Ecamion Inc. to explore entering the energy storage business, with an eye on the electric vehicle opportunity, said a senior executive.

Ecamion, incorporated in Ontario, Canada, is a turnkey solution provider for the community energy storage industry, specializing in integration of battery... Read more..

Source: livemint

Pre-paid electricity meters across Haryana in 2 years: power utility chief

Power meters in Haryana are set to enter the mobile phone pre-paid mode. The Haryana Power Utilities have firmed up plans to install pre-paid electricity meters at houses in the state. Consumers would get power according to the amount of the pre-paid recharge done by them. They would also be able to shut their meters if and when required.

In case of no usage, the recharge amount would remain in their account... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Global fund for de-risking solar projects on the anvil

A taskforce set up under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance has recommended the setting up of a ‘guarantee fund’ that would function as a sort of insurance against various risks in developing solar power plants.

The taskforce, comprising India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Currency Exchange Fund (TCX) and the Terrawatt Initiative... Read more..

Source: Business Line

ICICI Bank-backed India Infradebt Ltd braces for a record year

ICICI Bank-backed India Infradebt Ltd, an infrastructure re-financing company, is stepping on the gas after years of inaction and is poised to make record acquisition of assets in fiscal 2018 with banks beginning to part with assets that are profitable. 

The company formed to ease the burden of banks saddled with infrastructure assets is exploiting the benign interest rate environment. It is mostly... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Nanostructures found in butterfly wings could boost performance of thin-film photovoltaic modules

Scientists have successfully reproduced nanostructures found on butterfly wings in solar cells to enhance their light absorption rate by up to 200 per cent.

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy, according to the study published in the journal Science Advances.

The wings of the... Read more..

Source: Business Line

How much crop residue can be used as fuel in power plants: NGT asks NTPC

The National Green Tribunal today directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to inform it how much agricultural residue, in "pellet" form, it can use as raw material along with coal in power plants for power generation. 

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments to take instructions on the possibility of power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Greenko, ReNew eye SkyPower’s India solar power projects

Canadian solar energy developer SkyPower is in separate talks with Hyderabad-based Greenko Group and Sumant Sinha-led ReNew Power Ventures to sell stake in its Indian projects, said two people aware of the development. These talks come against the backdrop of increased consolidation in India’s clean energy space, even though not many deals have been finalized due to differences over valuations.

Mint reported... Read more..

Source: livemint

EPCA lifts ‘emergency’ measures as air quality improves in Delhi-NCR

The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA today withdrew the ban on construction activities, entry of trucks and enhanced parking fees from across Delhi–NCR as air quality remained out of the ‘emergency’ category for the second straight day.

The measures, part of the Graded Response Action Plan, were enforced on November 8 after pollution levels had spiked, hitting the emergency category, accompanied by thick smog.... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: air pollution, smog

Huntsman makes non-fluorinated water repellent for textile

Huntsman Textile Effects, a leader in high quality dyes and chemicals for textile industries, has unveiled the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) that raises the standard for repellency on high-performance synthetic textiles. PHOBOTEX RSY delivers best-in-class performance to support non-fluorinated formulations. 

The new product will allow brands and retailers to meet global... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Sustainability Outlook partners with CII for the 8th Edition of Waste Management Summit to be held from 23 to 24 November in Bengaluru

The 8th edition of CII Waste Management Summit scheduled to be held on 23 & 24 November 2017 at Hotel Le Meridien, Bengaluru is designed to offer an excellent  platform for stakeholders to address various issues and challenges, acclimatize new concepts & technologies and facilitate new business opportunities. The Conference will broadly focus on the following topics:

Government planning ‘rent a roof’ policy in solar power push

The Union government is working on a “rent a roof” policy to support its ambitious plan to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of power from solar rooftop projects by 2022, said Anand Kumar, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy. The government is also planning to bid out wind power contracts totalling 24.5 GW over the next two years.

“We are planning a ‘rent a rooftop’ policy,” said Kumar in his... Read more..

Source: livemint