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Centre extends deadline for all renewable energy projects amid nationwide lockdown

In a relief for India’s green energy sector, the Union government on Thursday extended the project completion deadline for all renewable energy projects, considering the prolonged nationwide lockdown and the time required to reassemble workers. The move shields these developers from the risk of penalties, including fines and encashment of bank guarantees, for missing deadlines. India is currently under the world’s largest lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes in the backdrop of the government’s earlier decision to consider the disruption of... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Power demand dips, discoms’ revenue hit

The demand for power in the country has taken a sharp dip of 20 per cent following a nationwide lockdown. In a letter sent to the PMO on Thursday, the All India Power Engineers’ Federation (AIPEF) said that demand had crashed following a complete shutdown of industrial and commercial units and railways and would affect state power utilities/distribution companies as their major source of income was blocked. According to the federation, power demand nationally has plunged from 1,54,045 MW daily to 1,21,937 MW. Likewise, supply has crashed from 3,565 million units (MU) per day to 2,975 MU.... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

NISE Postpones Next Advanced Solar Training Prog amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The MNRE-backed National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) has postponed its six months advanced solar professionals course due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country. The order has been issued by Dr A.K. Tripathi, Director General, NISE, stating that “six months advanced solar professionals course (batch 4), which was scheduled to be started from April 07, 2020, has been postponed till further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic.” However, the interested candidates can continue to apply for this course, he added. On new dates, Dr Tripathi stated that these will be informed soon once... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

India seeks deferment of annual Indus meeting with Pak due to COVID-19, lockdown

India's has requested Pakistan to defer a meeting between their Indus Commissioners in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Thursday. The meeting is scheduled for this week. However, Islamabad is yet to respond to New Delhi's request, offficials added. Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan are supposed to hold meeting by March 31 every year, according to the Indus Waters Treaty signed between the South Asian neighbours. Under the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty, "the Commission shall meet regularly at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan". The last... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

EESL Tenders for PCS and Fast Combo Chargers for EVs

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has issued a tender, inviting bids from eligible bidders for the supply and installation of power conversion systems (PCS) and fast combo chargers for electric vehicles (EVs). The scope of work for the selected bidders will include the location survey, planning, supply, installation, and commissioning of1020 PCS of all types (DC-001 15 kW CCS2 50 kW Type 2 AC 22 kW) and fast combo chargers (122-150 kW CCS2+ CHAdeMO+ AC Type 2) for EVs. The bidders will also be required to provide three years of comprehensive on-site warranty and AMC which may be... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

COVID-19: Renewable industry gives thumbs up to MNRE notification on free passage of material, staff

Renewable energy (RE) players have given a thumbs up to the latest notification by the ministry of new and renewable energy asking states to allow movement of material and staff to ensure continuous renewable power generation following the nationwide lockdown. “While it is important for us to keep pace with the economic activity including the construction of renewable energy projects, it is probably more important at this stage to understand the full impact of the COVID-19 virus impact across the country over the coming few weeks,” said Sanjeev Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

COVID-19: Siemens Gamesa shuts factories in India

Siemens Gamesa has closed manufacturing plants in India in response to a three-week government-enforced lockdown across the country to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Blade manufacturing in Nellore and Halol, in Andra Pradesh and Gujarat, respectively, are affected, the company said. A nacelle factory in Mamandur and an operations and maintenance centre in RedHills, both in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, are also closed, a spokeswoman confirmed. She said: “Considering the situation, operations at our manufacturing facilities at Mamandur, Redhills, Nellore, and Halol will be suspended during the... Read more..

Source: ReNews

Sungrow seals 650-MW solar inverter agreement in India

China’s Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd (SHE:300274) will supply 650 MW of solar inverters in India under a new strategic agreement with Avaada Energy, it was announced today. More specifically, Sungrow will deliver its 1,500-V, 3.125-MW central inverter solutions for the projects the Indian solar power producer expects to execute this year. The Chinese firm said that those inverters are designed for large-scale flat ground plants and come in flexible 6.25 MW or 12.5 MW blocks. To date, Avaada Energy has commissioned more than 2 GW of renewable energy plants and is looking to hit 11 GW of... Read more..

Source: Renewables Now

Coronavirus outbreak has hit solar power industry hard: Vikram Solar CEO

The Coronavirus outbreak that has halted economic activity in China, a major global supplier of solar cells and modules, has impacted the solar power industry hard through supply chain disruptions, Saibaba Vutukuri, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vikram Solar told ETEnergyworld in an interview. "The impact is across the industry and we have also gone through the impact in the last 60 days. But, to some extent we had inventories so we could use that. Otherwise, the supply chain is affected because the manufacturing is not happening and whatever was dispatched has got held up at the ports... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Coal capacity pipeline declines in India, new coal projects continue to be added

On the brighter side, a staggering 47.4 gigawatt (GW) coal-fired power projects at different stages were cancelled in the country last year. On the darker side, 8.8GW of new coal-fired capacity has entered the under-construction phase, all of which is reliant on significant public funding. This was revealed in the latest report ‘Boom and Bust 2020: Tracking The Global Coal Plant Pipeline’ which is the fifth annual survey of the coal plant pipeline. Jointly released by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA), Greenpeace International, the Sierra Club and Global Energy Monitor... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India needs to set up manufacturing base for smart electricity meters: Parl panel

India needs to establish a manufacturing base of smart electricity meters to ensure adequate supply and should ensure that there are multiple players in the segment, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has said in its latest report. "There is a need to augment the manufacturing base of the smart meters to ensure supply of adequate number of meters to be installed all over the country. It should be ensured that there are multiple players in the field to rule out monopoly," the panel said. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech this year allocated Rs 22,000 crore for... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Clean hydrogen can cut 34 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: BNEF

Deploying clean hydrogen could cut up to 34 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and industry by 2050 at a manageable cost, according to a latest report by researcher firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). The report titled ‘Hydrogen Economy Outlook’ added that this would only be possible if policies are put in place to help scale up technology and drive down costs with about $150 billion of subsidies needed to be rolled-out over the next decade. According to the report, the falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a promising route to cut emissions in... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Blue Planet raises US$25 million from Nomura

Singapore-headquartered Blue Planet Environmental Solutions Pte Ltd (Blue Planet) today announced it has raised US$25 million from Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank. This strategic engagement by Nomura’s Loans and Principal Investments Area in Asia ex-Japan will help Blue Planet continue its efforts to develop integrated, inclusive and sustainable waste management solutions around the region. By the end of 2030, Asia is predicted to account for half of the world’s middle-class consumption. Waste generation rates are set to soar along with this increase in demand for resources. Solid... Read more..

Source: Telangana Today

Asia Pacific region not even moving in the right direction, UN body on Sustainable Development Goals

Asia Pacific region must speed up action on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and arrest the trends depleting its natural resources, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in a study, Wednesday. The Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2020 revealed that the share of renewable energy has dropped to 16 per cent, which was one of the lowest rates globally and that 35 per cent of the countries in the region continued to lower their forest cover. The region also emits half of the world’s total greenhouse gas - a number which has doubled... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

India’s renewable energy generation capacity has grown 72 per cent in six yrs: R K Singh

The installed capacity of renewable energy generation in the country has grown 72 per cent from 80 gigawatt (GW) to 138.9 GW during the past six years, according to new and renewable energy minister R K Singh. He also added that the foreign direct investments of $6.1 billion flew into the Indian clean energy sector -- including solar, wind, biomass, large hydro and nuclear -- in the five year period 2014-19. “Globally, India stands third in terms of renewable power, fourth in terms of wind power, and fifth in terms of solar power installed capacity. For the period 2014-2019, clean energy... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Energy efficiency schemes by BEE led to savings of Rs 54,770 crore: Parl Panel

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has said the energy efficiency schemes implemented by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) over years have led to total savings of around Rs 54,770 crore even as its budgetary allocation was found to be insufficient over years. The committee, chaired by Janta Dal (United) Member of Parliament Rajiv Ranjan Singh noted that the benefits derived from energy efficiency programmes in the country have been astonishing. "There has been a saving of 109.54 billion units which is 7 per cent of total electricity consumption of the country and has... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Adani Green Board Approves JV With Total Solar Singapore

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL) has announced that in furtherance to a press release issued by the company on February 6, 2020, the Board of Directors has at its meeting held on March 21, 2020, approved the draft of a joint venture (JV) agreement to be entered into with Total Solar Singapore PTE Limited (Total) and Adani Green Energy Twenty Three Limited. As per the JV agreement the JV company, which is presently a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AGEL, is proposed to house 2,148 MWac of operating solar power projects, presently being owned by the company. The form further stated that the... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

Covid19: Okinawa shuts electric scooter manufacturing plant till further notice

Okinawa, the leading player in electric two-wheeler business has announced that it will be shutting its Rajasthan plant. The announcement comes in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic scare. Most of the other auto manufacturing facilities have already downed their shutters in the last few days. It is being said that this will be a continued affair till March 31. Work-from-home has already been initiated at Okinawa’s offices. The electric vehicle maker says that they have given their factory worker paid leaves for the duration. Most of their sales outlets too are closed in maintaining... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

UN hails India for championing phase-out of single-use plastics

The United Nations has hailed India for "championing" the phase-out of single-use plastics and for its engagement in the Clean Seas Campaign among other programmes, including marine litter, air pollution, environment and health. In a letter to Environment Secretary C K Mishra, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Secretary Joyce Msuya commended India for its leadership of the 13th conference under the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS COP 13). "I commend India's leadership of the CMS COP 13 and reiterate my organization's commitment to support India during its... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Coronavirus: Global wind energy capacity addition to decline by 4.9 GW

The coronavirus crisis will cause global wind energy additions in 2020 to decline by 4.9 Gigawatt (GW) compared to previous projections, research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie said, adding due to the pandemic and other market changes total forecast wind additions for 2020 is now expected to be 73 GW. "The impact of the coronavirus is top of mind for the global wind industry and embodies a crisis unlike anything the market has even seen. The state of the pandemic is evolving on an hourly basis, resulting in a highly reactionary environment," said Dan Shreve, Wood Mackenzie Head of... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Coronavirus impact | Air quality improves in India, but will it prevent climate change?

As the entire country observed 'Janata Curfew' on March 22, there was a significant dip in air pollution levels across the country. Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Lucknow witnessed clean air as the Air Quality Index stayed within two digits. According to data by the Central Pollution Control Board, air pollutants in Delhi was at 126 micrograms per cubic metre at 1 AM on March 22, which nearly halved by 1 PM. However, pollution levels in Ghaziabad, Greater Noida and Noida remained at 'poor' and 'moderate' despite shutdown of commercial establishments and industrial activities. Kolkata... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Government to Set up 26 gigawatts Solar Power Capacity in Agriculture Sector by 2022

Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has once again reiterated its promise to set up around 26 gigawatts solar power capacity in agriculture sector by 2022. Minister RK Singh said that a huge portion of this capacity would be installed in the form of conventional land-based projects. 10 gigawatts of capacity will be set up at barren or fallow land available with the farmers. In addition, these projects would have 2 megawatt of capacity each. Farmers in India will be able to sell power from these projects to the retailers and earn some extra income. Also, farmers will get financial help... Read more..

Source: Krishi Jagran

SECI extends bid submission deadline for 4 MW floating solar plant for fourth time

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has for the fourth time extended the bid submission deadline for its 4-megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant with battery storage system in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. “The last date of bid submission is hereby extended till 13 April 2020. The techno-commercial bid opening shall be carried out on 16 April 2020,” SECI said in a notification on Monday. This is the fourth time SECI has extended the deadline for this project. For the first time, the deadline was extended from February 13, 2020, to February 28, 2020. Followed by another extension... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Renewable Energy: Four policies approved to boost industrial growth in J&K

In a bid to boost industrial growth, the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Council, headed by Lt Governor G C Murmu, on Friday approved four policies for tourism, captive power, hydro power and renewable energy, and AYUSH care. The Administrative Council's decision comes in the backdrop of Global Investors Summit scheduled to be held later in the year to attract investments in the union territory, an official spokesman said. Focusing on investors and current business organisations, he said the government has announced new policies for facilitating 'Ease of Doing Business' in Jammu and... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Renewable energy: APERC public hearing scheduled on April 21

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has scheduled the hearing on the amendments proposed by the state Discoms to Forecasting Scheduling and Deviation Settlement of Solar and Wind Generation Regulation, 2017 on April 21. The AP State Load Despatch Centre had proposed amendments citing that large-scale variabilities and inaccurate forecasting of renewable energy generation were making grid management difficult, against which the wind and solar power generators raised strong objections. The APTRANSCO had proposed five amendments, including hiking charges to be levied... Read more..

Source: Energy Infra Post