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China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

UNITED NATIONS: Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a "green revolution," Xi said the coronavirus pandemic had shown the need to preserve the environment. "Humankind can no longer afford to ignore the repeated warnings of nature," he said. Citing the Paris Agreement that he and former U.S. President Barack Obama helped forge in 2015, Xi said his country would... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: Carbon Emissions, China

EESL opens tender for 7.5 MWp of grid-connected rooftop solar in Andaman

The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under India’s Ministry of Power, has invited bids to set up an aggregate 7.5 MWp of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity on various buildings in the union territory of Andaman. Out of the tendered capacity, 64% (4.755 MW) will come up in middle Andaman and 36% (2.68 MW) in northern Andaman. The capacity—to be developed in capital expenditure (Capex) payment upfront mode—is to be set up in PV system sizes of 5, 10 and 15 kWp. The work scope includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning, along with ten... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine

Airbus charts path to zero emission aviation by 2035

With pressure mounting on the airline industry to play its part in combating greenhouse gas emissions, European manufacturer Airbus today announced plans for three emissions-free aircraft. The Toulouse-based planemaker said the models could enter commercial service by 2035. “This is a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole and we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “The concepts we unveil today offer the world a glimpse of our ambition to drive a bold vision for the future of... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine
Subject Tags: Airbus, Carbon Emissions

‘Ensure minimum flow of water downstream’

SHIMLA: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has observed that no business or commercial interest can override the requirement of maintaining riverine ecology, while hearing a petition seeking enforcement of releasing minimum water downstream by the hydroelectric projects in Himachal Pradesh. It has held that every hydel project, irrespective of the date of its commissioning, is under an obligation to release minimum water downstream. Saying this is a mandate for sustainable development, which is part of right to life, NGT has accordingly directed compliance by all the HEPs, including in... Read more..

Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: India, resource management

Uttarakhand to start disposing of over 28 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste

The Uttarakhand government has now set a one-year deadline to dispose of around 28 lakh metric tonnes of ‘legacy waste’ that has been piling up over 20 years. The state government is opting to treat the waste in different ways, by using it to generate electricity, biogas, etc. Madan Kaushik, minister for urban development in the state, said that different methods are being followed in different places in the state to treat the solid waste accumulated over the years. “We have around 28 lakh metric tonnes of waste that has accumulated over 20 years and it is a major challenge to dispose of... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times
Subject Tags: India, waste management

NTPC plans industrial parks at power plants, invites EoIs

NEW DELHI: India’s largest power generation utility plans to set up industrial parks inside its power projects across the country and has invited expression of interests (EoIs) from Indian firms. State-run NTPC Ltd wants to attract energy-intensive manufacturing units with inducements and benefits as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat or self-reliant India strategy. These industrial parks, meant for Indian firms, will initially be set up on pilot basis at NTPC’s plants at Solapur (Maharashtra), Kudgi (Karnataka) and Gadarwara (Madhya Pradesh). NTPC will provide electricity at competitive... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Govt to set hydrogen energy development targets, costs to fall: Secretary

NEW DELHI: The government plans to set targets for hydrogen energy development, which is currently not included in its plan to develop 175 Gigawatts of renewable power by 2022. A committee of officials has been formed to set specific targets to develop this source of energy, Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, secretary, ministry of new and renewable sources of energy, said on Monday. “As a part of a hydrogen mission, this committee would outline clearly quantifiable deliverables. It would be focused towards creating volumes, addressing regulations, supporting demonstrations, and research and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

LNG overtakes domestic gas as pricing controls weigh on local producers

NEW DELHI: LNG imports have shot past domestic supplies for the first time in India, creating ground for decontrolling the market even as local producers feel hamstrung by below-cost prices dictated by government formula. Domestic gas met 47 per cent of demand in 2019-20, while a spurt in import of cheap cargos pushed up the share of LNG to 53 per cent from 31 per cent in 2017. Market is projected to be equally divided between between LNG and domestic gas in the next two years. “Natural gas is truly becoming a global commodity. For the first time, LNG has 'outcompeted' piped supplies in... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, LNG

Industries to receive lower carbon market compensation as EU attempts to curb 'windfall profits'

BRUSSELS: Fewer companies will be eligible for state compensation for some European Union carbon costs next year under new rules aimed at forcing polluting industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster. The EU carbon market is the bloc's central policy for cutting emissions, which it does by forcing power plants and factories to buy permits to cover their greenhouse gas output. The scheme incentivises industries to pollute less, to avoid paying carbon costs. It also encourages them to become energy efficient - because power producers must pay carbon costs, and can pass on those... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Sebi details framework to protect investors against near zero/negative prices in commodities

Mumbai:The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Monday prescribed an Alternate Risk Management Framework (ARMF) in cases of near zero and negative prices for any underlying commodities or their futures, and said the clearing corporations (CCs) should ensure the readiness of their systems to implement the prescribed ARMF within 60 days. “In recent times, extreme volatility has been observed in commodity prices globally, particularly in the case of crude oil, wherein the prices had unprecedentedly gone down to zero and subsequently, even negative. In such a scenario, margins... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: Crude, India

TN CM flags off women-powered solar, electric autos

Chennai :Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday flagged off 13 types of solar and electric powered autos, to be operated by women, as part of the initiative to ensure women empowerment and environment protection. This project is the result of the chief ministers efforts on fetching investment to Tamil Nadu and facilitating job opportunities for the youth, an official release said. During his overseas trip last year, Palaniswami signed a memorandum of understanding with M Auto at Dubai, and offered his governments support on providing charging stations, manufacturing units among... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: EV, India, Renewable Energy

Renew Power, Mytrah Energy, Torrent Power seek termination of wind power PPAs

BENGALURU: Leading renewable energy developers Renew Power, Mytrah Energy and Torrent Power have approached the central electricity regulator, seeking to terminate power purchase agreements of at least 565 mw of proposed wind projects they had signed with Solar Energy Corporation of India, people close to the development said. The companies went to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to ensure that SECI does not invoke the bank guarantees they had issued to the renewable energy ministry’s nodal agency for conducting wind and solar auctions, the sources said. “All three... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

East Central Railway plans to switch over to solar energy for zero emission

PATNA: Railways has decided to ensure green mode of transportation and maintain zero carbon emission by switching over to solar energy at its all vital establishments and offices under the ‘save energy’ mission. Railways has also taken various initiatives to ensure uninterrupted power supply with the help of solar energy plants in all its five divisions – Danapur, Pt Deendayal Upadhyaya, Dhanabd, Sonepur and Samastipur. East Central Railway (ECR) chief public relations officer (CPRO) Rajesh Kumar said the railways has at least 1,370kw solar energy power capacity in Danapur division alone... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

65 pc coal-fired power plants may not meet green norms even by extended deadline of 2022: CSE

NEW DELHI: Sixty-five per cent of the coal-fired power plants in India may not be able to comply with emission norms, as notified by the Union Environment ministry, even by the extended deadline of 2022, an environment think tank said on Friday. In its latest assessment, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said a large number of coal-fired power plants in India continue to be "lax" and "laid back" when it comes to getting ready to meet the deadline. In 2015, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had notified emission norms for four pollutants in the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Liquidity package: Rs 70,590 crore in loans sanctioned to discoms

New Delhi: Loans totalling Rs 70,590 crore have been sanctioned so far to power distribution companies (discom) out of the Rs 90,000-crore liquidity package announced by the Centre, Union Power Minister RK Singh told the Rajya Sabha on Sunday. Of the sanctioned amount, Rs 24,742 crore has been disbursed till September 16, Singh said in his written reply to a question. "As against Rs 90,000 crore of liquidity infusion package announced by the government, Rs 70,590 crore in loans has been sanctioned, out of which Rs 24,742 crore has already been disbursed/released till September 16," he said... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
Subject Tags: India, Power

Tesla initiates talks to set up research centre in Bengaluru

Bengaluru:Tesla held exploratory discussions with Karnataka government officials on September 10, who are seeking a possible investment by the world’s most valuable carmaker in a research facility in Bengaluru, people familiar with the development told ET. A followup meeting is expected later this month, they said, during which the state officials are expected to present a detailed proposal to the Tesla executives. “Tesla has shown initial interest to invest in a research and innovation centre in Karnataka and the talks are at a preliminary stage,” said one of the people cited above, but... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: EV, India, Tesla

Telangana: Low revenue, consumption trip discoms

HYDERABAD: Telangana discoms, which are under the weather with mounting debts and inadequate financial assistance, are now faced with more problems. On one hand, revenues from commercial and industrial establishments towards power billing have dwindled due to Covid-19. On the other, power consumption has drastically come down in high tension (commercial) category after the pandemic broke out in March this year. The TSSPDCL is losing about 30% of its commercial revenues every month as many industries are yet to launch their operations. With IT and major firms still sticking to work from... Read more..

Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: India, Power

Floating PV driving Odisha solar growth

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has sent to the Government of Odisha a proposal for setting up 500 MW floating solar projects at the Hirakud reservoir. The agency has already received in-principle approval from the State Government to set up 40 MW floating PV projects at Chiplima power channel pond. The latest proposal for 500 MW capacity follows an aggregate 500 MW floating PV to be set on different reservoirs in the State through a joint venture between Green Energy Development Corporation of Odisha Limited (GEDCOL) and state-run hydro power producer NHPC. As per the... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine
Subject Tags: India, Power

Rajasthan could add 22.6 GW of new renewable energy capacity to the grid within a decade

A recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa) forecasts that Rajasthan could add 22.6 GW of renewable energy to the grid by the end of FY2029-30. This will consist of 18 GW of new solar capacity, of which 3 GW is forecast to be distributed solar capacity (rooftop PV and solar irrigation pumps). Rajasthan’s installed renewable energy capacity reached 9.6 GW at the end of FY 2019-20. This included 5.2 GW of solar. Also, during FY2019-20, it added more solar power capacity (1.7 GW) than any other Indian state—ahead of Karnataka (1.4 GW), the state with... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine
Subject Tags: India, Renewable energy

Delhi govt to release plan to set up 200 EV public charging stations

NEW DELHI : All government agencies in Delhi including the three Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCDs), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Public Works Department (PWD), Transport department, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), DSIIDC, etc, will carry out a comprehensive planning exercise in the next two weeks to identify concessional locations within their jurisdictions for the purpose of setting up public charging stations. According to an official release, through this exercise, the Delhi government will roll out a... Read more..

Source: Live Mint
Subject Tags: charging stations, EV, India

Gujarat govt announces e-vehicle subsidy

GANDHINAGAR: The state government on Thursday announced a new scheme for promotion of electric vehicles (two and three wheelers) on the occasion of completion of eleven years of the climate change department in Gujarat. School (class IX and above) and college students who buy electric two-wheelers will get a government subsidy of Rs 12,000, while rickshaw drivers and self-employed persons who buy electric three-wheelers will get a subsidy of Rs 48,000 per vehicle. CM Vijay Rupani said the state government has set a target of having 10,000 electric two-wheelers and 5,000 electric three-... Read more..

Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: EV, India, subsidy

UP govt to install 8,000 solar borewells, 35 per cent in Purvanchal districts

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday said it plans to install 8,000 solar-powered borewells in coming days and 35 per cent of them would come up in the Purvanchal districts of the state. The districts set to benefit from the initiative include Balrampur, Shravasti, Siddharthnagar and Kushinagar where suitable locations would be identified for installations, it said in an official statement. The details emerged during Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari's assessment of action plans prepared by various departments for the overall development of Purvanchal districts of the... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World
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Reduce rate of power to Rs 5 per unit, demand bizmen

Ludhiana: A day after doubts were raised by city businessmen on the claims of state industry minister Sundar Sham Arora that more than 90% of the industry is working in the state, more businessmen have come forward demanding that the state government should take appropriate measures for the revival of the industry, at least by reducing the rates of power to Rs 5 per unit, which was the election promise of the Congress government. Businessmen have also demanded that a special package for industry should be introduced in the wake of coronavirus as Ludhiana’s industry has suffered a huge blow... Read more..

Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: India, Power

Power ministry drafts consumers’ rights for 24X7 electricity

The Union power ministry has drafted the rules detailing the rights of electricity consumers, guaranteeing reliable power supply across the country. This comes against the backdrop of the National Democratic Alliance government readying a draft of power sector reforms, including implementing the direct benefit transfer scheme in the electricity sector for better targeting of subsidies, promoting retail competition and instilling financial discipline at state-owned electricity distribution companies (discoms). “The distribution licensee shall supply 24X7 power to all consumers," according... Read more..

Source: Live Mint
Subject Tags: India, Power

Kutch powers up for world’s largest RE park

Ahmedabad: Billed as the world’s largest renewable power generation project at a single location, the proposed hybrid park in Kutch is ready to take off. The park, with a total proposed capacity of about 28,000MW, will house the 10,000MW project of Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL), among others. AGEL aims to invest close to Rs 30,000 crore in the upcoming park where it has been allotted 20,000 hectares of land, said sources. Of the 10,000MW capacity, 8,000MW is likely to be of solar while the remaining will be of wind, said sources. “Over the next five years, our investments will include the... Read more..

Source: Times of India