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Mettur power plant stops generation

Generation was stopped at the Mettur Thermal Power Plant (MTPP) on Saturday night after the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board generated more power through wind mills. Due to this, 600 MW of power generation was affected.

MTPP officials said they were instructed by higher ups stop electricity generation. "We will again start generating electricity once we get the nod from higher officials," said an MTPP official.... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

South Delhi Municipal Corporation to map areas to manage waste

The south corporation has decided to conduct geo-mapping of areas under its jurisdiction for effective collection of waste. The exercise is meant to visualise data from different geographical locations and study the characteristics of inhabitants.

The study will help the civic body ascertain how many people live in different blocks of various colonies, apartments and unauthorised colonies. "It (the exercise... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Committed to climate change as per own values and requirements: External Affairs Ministry

India has said that it remains committed on the issue of climate change "as per its own values and requirements", days after the US announced its decision to pull out of the landmark Paris agreement.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said that the focus of the Indian government is on International Solar Alliance (ISA) and other methods of renewable energy.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Uttar Pradesh nudges solar companies to cut power tariff on older pacts

Following a steep fall in solar tariffs in the last two years, Uttar Pradesh is pressuring solar power project developers to cut rates of electricity agreed upon in earlier contracts even though the pacts were signed when equipment prices were high.

Winners of an auction conducted in September 2015 have been urged to voluntarily lower power tariff of plants nearing completion.

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Source: The Economic Times

PM Narendra Modi to meet state chief secretaries to push development agenda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to meet all chief secretaries together -- probably for the first time -- on Monday to fast-track all-round development of states by taking a cohesive approach.

At the upcoming national conference of chief secretaries, finance secretaries and planning secretaries of states, Modi will deliberate on the issue and take stock of their position on various fronts.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

GUVNL extends deadline to bid for 1,000 MW renewable power

Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) has extended the deadline for submitting bids for 1,000MW wind and solar power supply. The decision has come after prospective bidders requested an extension in the wake of limited time period for submission of bids and the lack of clarity on GST rates.

GUVNL has now extended the deadline to July 24 from July 10. According to the minutes of the pre-bid meeting held on... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NTPC Mouda asked to use treated sewage water instead of Gosikhurd dam water

The Maharashtra state government has decided not to provide raw water from Gosikhurd dam to NTPC’s 2,320MW power plant at Mouda. The government has asked NTPC to use treated sewage water instead.

Guardian minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule told the media that a meeting was held in Mantralaya on Thursday on irrigation projects of the district. “NTPC uses 100 million metre cube (mm3) raw water. This water is... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

GE arm in talks to invest in Avaada Power’s renewable energy projects

GE Energy Financial Services (GEEFS) is expanding its Indian renewable energy portfolio and is in talks with Avaada Power to invest in the renewable energy projects of the Vineet Mittal-promoted firm, two people aware of the development said.

Avaada Power is Mittal’s second innings in India’s clean energy space after Tata Power Co. Ltd bought the entire 1.1 GW renewable energy portfolio of Welspun Energy Ltd... Read more..

Source: livemint

Tata Power DDL to set up two pilot solar microgrids in Bihar

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) plans to set up two pilot solar microgrids in Bihar in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, General Electric and Tata Trust.

With this, the company is exploring a viable business model for distributed electricity generation and electrification of remote areas.

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Source: The Economic Times

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to pay compensation for delay in restoration of electricity

Come September, Delhiites will be paid up to Rs 200 for delay in restoration of power with the city's power regulator finalising the supply code and performance standards.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) has finalised the Supply Code and Performance Standards Regulations, 2017. The regulations will come into effect from September 1 this year, said a DERC official.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi Lt Governor for enhancing capacity of waste-to-energy plants

Lt Governor Anil Baijal today suggested to the EDMC to explore the possibility of enhancing the capacity of the construction and demolition (C&D) plant at Shahstri Park and the Ghazipur waste-to-energy unit in east Delhi.

He made the suggestion during an inspection visit to the C&D plant, which, according to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), "recovers and recycles about 95 per cent of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Uttar Pradesh inks pact with Israel for water management

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's three-day Israel visit has resulted in major collaborations for Uttar Pradesh in the field of water management and river cleaning. The India ambassador to Israel signed and agreement on behalf of UP Jal Nigam with the Israeli government in this regard during the PM's trip.

Giving the information , UP Jal Nigam chairman GB Patnaik said that the pact would definitely assist UP in... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Government to install grid connected solar power plants in all Raipur Govt buildings

 The Chhattisgarh Government will implement 21,255 Kw grid connected solar PV system scheme for Government buildings located in Raipur city under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model.

A total of 159 Government schools in Chhattisgarh were using solar energy to meet their power supply requirements during the last financial year (2016-17), officials informed.

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Source: The Pioneer

Government notifies revised prices for LED bulbs and tubelights

The prices of energy efficient appliances distributed under the Centre's (UJALA) scheme have been revised to align them with the new Goods & Services Tax (GST) regime.

LED bulbs of 9 Watts are priced at Rs. 70 while LED tube lights of 20 Watts have a retail price of Rs. 220, according to an official release. Five-star rated fans will be available at Rs. 1,200.

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Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: LED bulbs, pricing

BRICS' New Development Bank has 23 projects in pipeline, including 6 in India: K V Kamath

The BRICS' New Development Bank has 23 new projects amounting to $six billion in the pipeline for financing, including six ventures in India valued at $1.8 billion, the bank's President K V Kamath said today. 

The bank set up by Brazil, Russia, India has seen good results in the last two years and has a strong pipeline for the future, Kamath told the media at the bank's headquarters in Shanghai on the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

IFC subscribes to L&T Finance green bonds for solar projects

The World Bank's private financing arm IFC has invested Rs 667 crore ($103 million) in L&T Infrastructure Finance Co by subscribing to the first official Green Bonds in India, a joint statement by both parties said on Thursday

"This is in line with the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) strategy to support renewable energy infrastructure in the country and also develop the capital markets," the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: Financing, Green Bonds, IFC

Tamil Nadu to tax rooftop solar, cut support

At a time when the popularity of solar power as a cheap source of energy is growing, the state-owned power utility has come out with a proposal that will reduce the return on investment for citizens installing rooftop solar plants. It has also proposed to add a tax on the power generated.

Currently, units of electricity generated by roof-top solar plants are subtracted from the consumer’s bi-monthly use of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NGT issues notice to challenge Khurja thermal power plant in UP, seeks report before 8 August

An NGO on Thursday moved the National Green Tribunal challenging the environment clearance granted to 1,320 MW coal-based super critical Khurja Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh, prompting the green panel to seek a response from the Centre.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the ministry of environment and forests, UP Pollution Control Board and THDC India Ltd... Read more..

Source: Firstpost

Rays Power Infra commissions 5.5 MWp solar PV project in Karnataka

Aiming to enhance the solar power market in Karnataka, Rays Power Infra on Wednesday announced the completion of its 5.5 MWp Solar PV equity project in the state.

The project execution work started in October 2016, while the project was commissioned in February 2017.

Spread over an area of 28 acres at... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord, Emmanuel Macron’s government has announced.

The announcement comes a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards, a decision hailed as the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine’s dominance of motor transport... Read more..

Source: The Guardian

China's SPIC plans to raise clean energy power capacity to 50 per cent by 2020

China's State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) said on Thursday it aims to generate half of its power from clean energy by 2020, up from 43 percent currently, as part of the country's plans to reduce its carbon emissions.

SPIC, one of China's top five power generators, set a target of 170 gigawatts (GW) of installed power capacity by 2020, with solar power capacity at 15 GW and nuclear power capacity at... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Special cell to curb waste burning: Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

The state government on Thursday asked the MCG to create a special cell for monitoring garbage burning and management of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in the city.

"MCG should create a cell for monitoring garbage burning and C&D waste management activities. Big construction sites can be sealed under Section 31A of Air Act, 1981, by the regional officer of Haryana State Pollution Control... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Power utilities can save up to Rs 20,000 crore through improved scheduling: Piyush Goyal

Power, coal, renewable energy and mines minister Piyush Goyal today launched an app that provides information on availability of cheaper electricity to state power utilities allowing improved scheduling and optimum utilization of coal.

The app named Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency (MERIT) can help distribution utilities achieve savings of upto Rs 20,000 crore... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Now, industries polluting Ganga under live monitoring

Over the past two weeks, close to 3,750 SMSes and e-mail alerts have been issued to industries generating more than the permissible limit of pollutants in the Ganga basin. 

As many as 716 grossly polluting industries (GPIs) in the basin are being monitored live round the clock for emission of particulate matter and gases in the air and effluents comprising total suspended solids, biochemical oxygen demand (... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Indian renewable firms plan $2.5 billion in offshore dollar bond issues

Four Indian renewable power producers are planning to raise up to $2.5 billion (1.94 billion pounds) via dollar bonds offshore because of caution among domestic lenders, banking sources said.

In addition to the four solar and wind power firms, a fifth company that invests in renewable projects, Adani Group, has raised $250 million via a loan but has yet to publicly announce the borrowing, the sources told... Read more..