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Telangana government considering power generation from Garbage

As part of its move to tap renewable energy sources, the State government would consider how best to utilize huge quantity of garbage into energy to supplement the power requirements in the State.

Replying to a supplementary question in the Assembly on Monday, Power Minister Jagadeeshwar Reddy said with the support and coordination of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, the scope of producing power... Read more..

Source: The Siasat Daily

Hero Future Energies, Greenko in race to acquire Orange Renewable

Greenko Group and Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd are in separate talks with Singapore-based AT Capital Group to acquire Orange Renewable’s portfolio of 758 megawatt (MW) capacity, several people aware of the development said.

New Delhi-based Orange Renewable, a unit of AT Holdings Pte. Ltd, owns one of India’s largest renewable energy platforms with an operational capacity of 758MW, made up of 567MW of wind... Read more..

Source: livemint

Yogi Adityanath assures electricity will be available at cheaper rates

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inspected Anpara Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh's Sonbhadra district and said that the state government aims to make electricity available to citizens at cheaper rates.

Speaking to media here, Adityanath said, "The inspection programme was chalked out to see the style of working and to know the problems, so that incident like one in Unchahar does not occur here."... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NITI Aayog pilot for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Delhi

Clearing the decks for the introduction of electric vehicles in the national capital, NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Friday released a proposal to develop electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Delhi.

The "quick pilot" project includes 55 locations with 135 charging stations. Of these, 46 are DC quick charging stations and 89 are slower AC charging stations. The plan includes a deployment... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Karnataka government, regulator spar over wind power tariffs

In a new development, the Karnataka government and its power regulator exchanged letters sticking to their positions in a dispute over whether power from wind projects commissioned before March 31 this year should be paid Rs 4.50 per unit or Rs 3.74.

While the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC), in its letter of November 9, invoked high court judgments to maintain that the state government... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Pollution level in North India remains severe, Varanasi tops the list

Cities across North India continued to be 'severe' on the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Saturday, as per the report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). 

Varanasi topped the list at 491, followed by Gurugram at 480, Delhi at 468, Lucknow at 462 and Kanpur at 461, in the AQI. 

Pollution level is... Read more..

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

Eighteen firms bid to supply wind power in Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) auction

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has received bids from 18 companies for the supply of 500 MW wind power to the state-run power utility. The Gujarat high court in its recent order allowed GUVNL to continue with the bidding process. The technical bids were opened few days back and the financial bids will be opened on November 15.

“A total 18 bids have been received from wind power developers from... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Azure Power wins mini and micro grid projects in Jharkhand, India

India-based solar firm Azure Power is expanding into rural electrification via mini and micro grid development in the East Indian state of Jharkhand.

The company has won a project to electrify 320 households across 11 villages through development of such mini and micro grids, via a tender from Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA).

... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Battle for odd-even: NGT says Delhi government yet to file review petition

On a heavily polluted Monday morning when children coughed their way to schools, the Supreme Court-appointed National Green Tribunal (NGT) said that it was still awaiting a review petition on the odd-even plan from the Delhi government.

The odd-even traffic management plan was scheduled for five days in Delhi starting Monday before being shelved by the Arvind Kejriwal government because of exemptions given.... Read more..

Source: Zee News

Jaipur: waste water and pay Rs 10K penalty, proposes draft bill

Water supply and sewerage system of Jaipur will soon be under an autonomous board. A draft of the bill for constitution of the Jaipur Supply and Sewerage Board (JSSB) bill has been prepared by Rajasthan Urban Infrastructure Development Project (RUIDP). The draft proposes cash and imprisonment penalties for those guilty of waste or misuse of water.

“In case of a first offence, fine may extend to the specified... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

Delhi needs clean energy mechanism: French Envoy Alexandre Ziegler

The change in climatic condition and resultant pollution as visible in Delhi is a result of history and needs long-term solutions like the clean energy solutions jointly promoted by India and France, Alexandre Ziegler, the French envoy to India, pointed out.

“India and France are working to put in place the concept of ‘Partnership for Future’ during President Macron state visit here early next year and this... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

M&M To Make Electric Vehicle Components In-House

Mahindra & Mahindra group will manufacture all key components that go into an electric vehicle itself as India’s largest utility vehicle maker prepares for the next transition in the automobile industry amid the government’s push to cut dependence on fossil fuels.

The $13-billion group will set up joint ventures through Mahindra Electric Mobility Ltd., 98.8 percent owned by Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.,... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg

Massive fire at Bhalswa landfill in Delhi

A major fire broke out at the Bhalswa landfill site in Delhi during the wee hours of Saturday. 

The massive 40 acre-wide trash disposal is said to be the largest in Delhi which gets around 2,700 tonnes of garbage each day. 

The area was covered with toxic gases, due to the decomposing waste in large amount... Read more..

Source: WION

India plans 20GW solar tender, eyes domestic manufacturing boost

India plans to invite bids for setting up 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power capacity—the world’s largest solar tender—at one go, in an attempt to spur domestic manufacturing of solar power equipment.

The effort will help further lower the country’s solar power tariffs and provide a boost to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s Make in India plans.

... Read more..

Source: livemint

Solar power firms in Karnataka make a beeline ahead of March open access deadline

With the March 2018 deadline for solar power projects in Karnataka to be able to be exempted from open access charges, ground level activities have picked up frantic pace to meet the deadline and avail the 10-year concession.

According to the scheme, a solar power producer is exempted from paying any fees, for 10 years, for using the government’s infrastructure if it is both producing and selling the power... Read more..

Source: livemint

India inks energy work programme with IEA, key member countries

India has signed joint work programmes with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and some key members at IEA's latest ministerial meeting in Paris, where the Indian delegation was led by Power Minister R.K. Singh, an official statement said on Wednesday.

"At the ministerial, India signed joint work programmes with IEA and other key members of the IEA family, namely Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Developing countries ask rich nations to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol

Developing countries including India have asked the rich nations to ratify the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020), guiding their climate action for next three years, by June 2018 to build trust and confidence in the multilateral process. 

The appeal was made jointly by all the developing countries during their meeting late Wednesday evening where they discussed the deadline so that... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

REC sets sights on foreign markets to boost revenues

REC implements India’s flagship programme to electrify rural areas under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and ‘Saubhagya’ scheme, which aims to provide last-mile connectivity to rural households.

Rural Electrification Corp (REC) is looking at overseas business, starting with neighbouring countries, to supplement revenue from its traditional business of lending to rural power projects, chairman PV Ramesh... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

KERC yet to decide on state order on lower wind energy tariffs

The regulator on September 4 had set a fresh wind energy tariff after terminating its earlier order of February 2015, which had prescribed a tariff of Rs 4.50 per unit.
Two weeks after Karnataka government ordered the state’s electricity regulator to call back its September decision to cut wind power tariffs and approve all power purchase agreements with wind developers signed before March 31, 2016, the latter has yet to officially respond. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Delhi pollution: Odd-even scheme begins on Monday, women, bikers exempt

The odd-even scheme for road rationing of private cars will be reintroduced from 13 to 17 November, the Delhi government said on Thursday amid an alarming spike in air pollution in the national capital region.

On Thursday evening, the air quality index of the Delhi and national capital region (NCR) centred on it was 470, which is in the severe category. The average levels of the two deadliest air pollutants—... Read more..

Source: livemint
Subject Tags: odd-even scheme, pollution

EU agrees to reform world’s largest carbon market

The European Union struck a deal today to overhaul Europe’s carbon market after 2021, a key step toward meeting its pledges to cut greenhouse gases under the Paris climate agreement.

The European Parliament and the member states reached a tentative agreement to reform the world’s biggest carbon market, but environmental activists said it does not go far enough.
Members must still formally approve the... Read more..


Delhi pollution: NGT bans construction, industrial activities till 14 November

With deadly smog blanketing Delhi and the neighbouring states for the third day, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday banned construction and industrial activities and entry of trucks, as it rapped the Delhi government and civic bodies over the situation.

The state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana were also directed to ensure that no crop residue is burnt and incentives... Read more..

Source: livemint
Subject Tags: NGT, pollution

More work needed to widen renewables, solar: UNIDO official

Lauding India's renewables and solar photovoltaic (PV) programmes, UNIDO's India representative Rene van Berkel on Wednesday said more work is needed to bring everybody under the ambit of these iniatives.

"India has some interesting programs which are making good progress... renewable energy and solar PV programs are examples. Energy efficiency (initiatives) are quite innovative," the United Nations... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Solar electric charging stations at Jabalpur 30% cheaper than grid-linked: ABB India

Engineering firm ABB India today said it has installed solar electric charging stations at Jabalpur to cater to 400 e-rickshaws, which will make it 30 percent cheaper than grid-connected power. 

"ABB India is providing critical technology through its solar inverters for solar-powered charging stations for e- rickshaws at four locations in Jabalpur," a company statement said. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Centre to brainstorm with states on power reforms in bi-annual meet

The central government is set to hold a two-day brainstorming session with states on big power sector reforms including direct transfer of subsidy and strict laws obligating distribution utilities to provide round-the-clock power and connection portability.

The bi-annual meet, starting Friday in Rajgir, Bihar, will be chaired by Union power and renewable energy minister R K Singh.

... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld