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Draft EIA Notification is an attempt to weaken regulation, silence affected communities

The government has put up for public consideration and comment the Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2020, which if put into force will replace the EIA Notification of 2006 for all future projects.

The EIA process scrutinises the potential environmental impact and negative externalities of a proposed project before ground is broken and determines whether it can be carried out in the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express
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Centre approves the Action Plan of Rajasthan for implementation of Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)

Ministry of Jal Shakti has been working with the States in preparing a roadmap to implement Union Government’s flagship programme Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM), which aims to provide 55 litres of potable water per person per day to every rural household of the country by 2024. JJM aims to improve the lives of rural people especially women and girls by reducing their drudgery.

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Source: Press Information Bureau

Goa to pilot sensor based monitoring for water service delivery and provide 100% tap connections by 2021

Union Minister of Jal Shakti, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, in his letter to Chief Minister of Goa, expressed happiness that the State plans to provide 100% Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in rural areas by 2021.

Launched by Prime Minister last year, Jal Jeevan Mission aims to ensure that... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau

Bihar govt''s irrigation plan for every farm

The Bihar government aims to provide irrigation facility to every farm for which plot-wise survey would be carried out to make a correct assessment of its irrigation capacity, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Sunday.

The chief minister directed officials to conduct the survey in order to ensure... Read more..

Source: Outlook India

VSCL inks MoU with IIT-BHU to expedite Smart City work

To accelerate the pace of the Smart City mission in Varanasi, the Indian Institute of Technology Banaras Hindu University (IIT-BHU) signed a MoU with Varanasi Smart City Limited (VSCL) and also launched a virtual centre- ‘Smart City Cell’ at the institute.

Signing the MoU, director IIT-BHU Prof Pramod... Read more..

Source: Times of India

WWF report says inadequate policy support for clean energy startups and SMEs in India

While India’s move towards clean energy transition has led to the emergence of various startups and Small and Medoum Enterprises (SMEs), there are only a handful of policies that help accelerate the growth of these companies to meet India’s clean energy demands, according to a new report by World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) India.

"While almost 140 government interventions focus directly or/and indirectly on... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

UP government to install 670 MW rooftop solar capacity across 5 cities by 2024

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday said it has set a target of installing 670 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar capacity across five "religious" cities of the state by 2024. The government will also provide a subsidy of Rs 1,332 crore for the installation of rooftop solar projects in Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Prayagraj, Minister for Department of Additional Sources of Energy Shrikant Sharma said in a statement.

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Source: India TV
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, rooftop solar

Avaada Energy to set up 350 MW solar plant in Maharashtra

Solar projects developer Avaada Energy on Thursday said it will set up a 350 megawatt (MW) solar plant in Maharashtra. The project has been awarded by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL), Avaada said in a statement. "Avaada Energy will invest in Maharashtra to set up a 350 MW solar power plant.

The company has been accorded a Letter of Award (LoA) to develop a 350 MW solar project... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, solar power

Powering Livelihoods to provide ₹1 cr to 6 firms working on clean energy-based livelihoods solutions

Powering Livelihoods, an initiative by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and Villgro Innovations Foundation, has announced it was providing a cumulative emergency funding of ₹1 crore to six Indian enterprises working on clean energy-based livelihoods solutions.

Their names have not been shared as due diligence is still on.

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Source: The Hindu

A Step In The Right Direction: Ladakh Bans Plastic Water Bottles In Govt Offices & Institutions

In a step towards 'Carbon Neutral Ladakh', the Union Territory administration has ordered a ban on the use of plastic bottles and objects made of plastics in government offices and other institutions.

The target and timeline for phased ban would be 100 per cent of plastic bottles by July 15 and 100 per cent of plastic files and folders by July end, the spokesman said, quoting an order issued by Commissioner... Read more..

Source: India Times
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ABB Power Grids India, NIT Warangal To Drive Smart Electric Grid Education

ABB Power Grids India has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Institute of Technology Warangal (NITW) in Telangana for cooperation to drive smart electric grid technology education, skills development and research activities.

For a nation-wide smart electric grid, India's education system and future talent play a vital role. In recognising this need, ABB Power Grids India has partnered... Read more..

Source: Business World
Subject Tags: clean power, smart grids

India’s wind capacity addition in 2020 will be lower than in the last few years: BloombergNEF

India is expected to install between 1,306-1,506MW of wind capacity in calendar year 2020, which, because of the Covid-19 outbreak this year, will be substantially lower than in the last few years, according to a forecast by BloombergNEF.

The country installed 2,370MW in 2019 and 2,290MW in 2018.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, wind power

India joins ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ at UN as founding member

India has become a founding member of an Alliance for Poverty Eradication at the UN, launched by the President of the General Assembly, aimed at focussing on efforts to boost global economy in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

President of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly Tijjani Muhammad-Bande will formally launch the ‘Alliance for Poverty Eradication’ on June 30, which he said will serve... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

NITI Aayog, ITF Launch Decarbonizing Transport Project in India

NITI Aayog and the International Transport Forum (ITF) of OECD jointly launched the ‘Decarbonizing Transport in Emerging Economies’ (DTEE) project in India on 24June.

The launch was held via a webinar and was inaugurated by ITF Secretary General Young Tae Kim and NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant in the presence ofMinistry of Housing and Urban Affairs(MoHUA) Secretary D.S. Mishra, as well as Ministry of Road... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
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NTPC awarded project management contract for 500-MW solar park in Mali

NTPC has been awarded the project management consultancy contract for the development of 500 megawatt (MW) solar park in the Republic of Mali, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said on Wednesday.

According to the press release, the announcement was made in an event hosted by the International Solar Alliance here, and was chaired by renewable energy minister R K Singh.

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Source: The Economic Times
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Solar developers welcome customs duty although concerned about impact on ongoing projects

The government’s move to promote indigenous equipment and impose customs duty on imports from August will help local industry develop but it will take up to two years to have an impact while ongoing projects that depend on foreign equipment may face hurdles, said industry executives and experts.

They were reacting to power and renewable energy minister RK Singh’s announcement of a series of measures for the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
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PTC India Financial Services To Disburse Loans Of Rs 485 Crore For Infra Projects

PTC India Financial Services said on Wednesday that its board of directors has cleared a plan to disburse loans of Rs 485 crore to borrowers for solid waste management project, drinking water supply project and state-owned power transmission companies.

The decision was taken with an objective to establish PFS as a sustainable financing institution. "PTC India Financial Service is continuously looking to... Read more..

Source: Business World
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WABAG signs ADB funded water supply project in Bhagalpur, Bihar

VA TECH WABAG has signed a contract with Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation for improvement of water supply system in Bhagalpur Municipal Corporation, Bihar. The contract, worth Rs 278 crore was signed in the presence of top officials from BUIDCo and WABAG. The contract was won by WABAG in January 2020.

On completion, the project will be the largest water supply scheme of Bhagalpur and will... Read more..

Source: Construction Week
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Fortum's new CEO sees natural gas, hydrogen helping green transition

The new chief executive of Fortum said on Wednesday natural gas and hydrogen could help Europe shift to clean energy and promised to present a strategy for the Finnish utility and its newly acquired German rival Uniper by the end of 2020.

The state-controlled group named Chief Financial Officer Markus Rauramo as its new chief executive on Wednesday as it seeks to integrate Uniper, now 73.4 per cent owned by... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
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Wells Fargo signs multi-year contracts with Shell for clean energy

US lender Wells Fargo said on Wednesday it had signed multi-year purchase agreements for renewable energy with Royal Dutch Shell's units, as it progresses toward its clean energy goals.

The agreements would involve the development of new utility-scale solar installations in several counties, the lender said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times
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Germany's Amprion sets out North Sea offshore wind grid vision

German power grid company Amprion on Wednesday unveiled long-term plans for joint European offshore wind links in the North Sea and announced a trebling of spending in the next 10 years.

Amprion, with 11,000 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines in western Germany, is the second biggest of four regulated operators of grids criss-crossing the country and offshore, which fund themselves via consumer fees.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
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KSEB to monitor energy generation in real time

The State Renewable Energy Data Centre, a facility to monitor renewable energy generation in real time, will be up and running in six months at Vydyuthi Bhavan in Thiruvananthapuram.

The centre will have a video wall of myriad screens that will not just beam real-time data from solar generation facilities but various other related environmental aspects that are pivotal to the generation.

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Source: The Hindu
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India exploring global funds for compressed biogas projects: Oil minister

India is exploring global funds and prioritising lending for compressed biogas (CBG) projects, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday, as the country looks to reduce its crude imports and increase its use of cleaner fuels.

“We are also exploring global funds to fund CBG projects,” Pradhan said at the inauguration of a biogas plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

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Source: Energy Infra Post
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Haryana industrial power use falls 55 per cent

Courtesy the lockdown, the electricity distribution companies of Haryana — Uttar haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) — have seen a decline of 55 per cent in electricity consumption... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
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UP CM Yogi Adityanath bans use of Chinese power meters

Responding to the public sentiments, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has imposed a ban on the installation of new China-made electricity meters by the state Power Department.

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Source: The Economic Times
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