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Centre determined to clean Ganga, Yamuna before 2019 Lok Sabha polls: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the government was determined to clean the Ganga and Yamuna before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and claimed that 80 per cent of the Ganga will be cleaned by March next year, while the work would be completed by year-end.

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Source: The Indian Express

Union cabinet approves renewable energy pact with Peru

The Union cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved an agreement between India and South American nation Peru for promotion of renewable energy projects.

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Source: The Economic Times

Tamil Nadu plans to invest 5,000 crore in renewable energy, power transmission

The Tamil Nadu government will embark on a renewed push towards energy investments totaling over Rs 5,000 crore to bolster transmission infrastructure, modify targets in renewable energy policies and commission a floating solar plant modeled after a similar project in Gujarat.

Announcing the projects in the state Assembly, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said there would be a new energy policy, too. “... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India’s first solar-powered EV charging station installed in Mumbai

Renewable energy solutions provider Magenta Power, in association with Exicom Power Solutions, has installed India's first solar-powered DC fast charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in Turbhe, Mumbai.

The newly installed 'Magenta Charging Station-3' will enable electric car (four-wheeler) users to charge their vehicle safely and conveniently, the company said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times

India plans to use satellites to monitor air pollution

India’s apex pollution regulator — Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) — is planning to use satellite data for air pollution monitoring. It will help the regulator in expanding air pollution monitoring in areas where ground-based network does not exist.

“We are in touch with the department of space, we are exploring the possibility of using the satellite-based observations with ground-based measurements... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Delhi breathes poison again as pollution rises to hazardous levels

The capital woke up to a gloomy and dusty Wednesday morning with several pollution monitoring stations reporting PM 2.5 levels in the hazardous zone.

After almost a week of relatively safe air quality, Delhi's pollution levels began rising northwards from late Tuesday. A haze descended over the city and adjoining areas with fine dust and particulate matters being brought in by low-speed winds. On Wednesday... Read more..

Source: Zee News

Karnataka regulator pegs wind power ceiling tariff at Rs 3.45 per unit

Karnataka’s power regulator has fixed a ceiling tariff of Rs 3.45 per unit for wind auctions in the state and directed that all future purchases of wind power should be solely through competitive bidding.

Only a few states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have held wind auctions after they were initiated by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) early last year. Karnataka has yet to hold a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: PPA, SECI, wind power, wind tariff

PepsiCo India pilots plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snacks to address plastic waste

PepsiCo India will launch its first plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snack ... Read more..

Source: Bakery & Snacks

BHEL bags Rs 125 crore contract for solar power plants in Gujarat

Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the country’s largest power equipment manufacturer, today announced it has bagged two orders worth Rs 125 crore for setting up solar photo voltaic power projects in Gujarat.

The first order for a 20 Megawatt (Mw) plant has been placed by Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL), while the other for setting up a 10 Mw power plant has been received from Gujarat State... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Noida to collect only segregated waste

The Noida Authority will not pick up unsegregated waste from residential sectors after June 30. This was announced by ACEO R K Mishra, who maintained that residents are requested to ensure segregation of domestic, municipal waste at their doorsteps.

Sector RWAs were also intimated to ensure setting up of compost machines (to be provided on ... Read more..

Source: Times of India

200 Inspectors to check plastic ban in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has taken a step ahead in the strict implementation of the plastic ban in the city. They have decided to deploy 200 inspectors to catch hold of defaulters and fine them for using plastic. "The officers will take action against anyone found using plastic in markets, standalone shops. The 200 officials will be given an authorisation... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: plastic ban, sustainable

Tata Power Renewable wins 150 Mw Solar PV project in Maharashtra

 Private power producer Tata Power today announced its 100 per cent subsidiary Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd (TPREL) has won a 150 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) project on a long-term basis in Maharashtra. 

The renewable energy firm will sign a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) which will be subject to the approval of Maharashtra... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Canadian pension fund to issue green bonds

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), which has been actively investing in renewables over the last year, now plans to issue its inaugural Green Bond, and it claims to be the first pension fund to do so.

The additional funding will go towards CPPIB increasing its holdings in renewables, particularly wind and solar, as well as water management and energy efficient buildings.

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Source: PV-Tech

Kia plans to produce EVs, hybrids in India; targets 2021 for launch

South Korean auto maker Kia plans to roll out electric and hybrid vehicles from its upcoming plant at Anantpur in Andhra Pradesh and is targeting to launch an electric vehicle in India by 2021, said a top company official.

Kia Motors India, the wholly-owned arm of Kia Motors Corporation, has lined also up three models to be launched here in the next three years as part of its plans to enter the market. It... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

New Carbon Capture Technology Slashes Cost Per Ton

A new carbon capture process to make fuel at an industrial plant brings the cost down to between $94 and $232 per ton compared to previous estimates of $600 per ton. The technology could help drive a market for low-carbon synthetic fuels.

Led by Harvard professor of applied physics David Keith and described in the peer-reviewed research journal Joule, the findings are based on three years of carbon capture... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Punjab to boost setting up of biomass plants to stop stubble burning pollution

To rid Punjab of stubble burning pollution, the State Government has entered into agreements with four big companies and has also started work on setting up the biomass power plants.

“With the commencement of these projects in Punjab, on one hand, pollution from crop residue will decrease, and on the other, the farmers will reap economic benefit. The project commencement will also generate employment for... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

South Mumbai: MP Milind Deora launches drive to collect plastic waste

South Mumbai’s MP Milind Deora, along with MLC Bhai Jagtap, started a plastic waste collection drive ‘#QuitPlasticMovement’ for the A ward on Monday. The MCGM will be visiting different areas on June 15 to 17 to collect single use plastic from residents. The state government’s ban on single use plastic is expected to be enforced on June 23.

“We hope to make our buildings plastic free by June 17. This is not... Read more..

Source: Indian Express
Subject Tags: plastics, waste management

Firm proposes waste-to-power unit for Belagavi

A Mumbai-based company having 20 years experience in solid waste management has shown interest in treating waste from Belagavi and generate power out of it.

Representatives of Variate Consultancy Pvt Ltd, which has a registered office in Pune, held a discussion with mayor Basavaraj Chikkaldinni and Belagavi (North) MLA Anil Benake here on Monday. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Cabinet may decide on FAME II scheme in a month: Anant Geete

Union Cabinet may decide on the roll out of the FAME India scheme's second phase to boost adoption of energy-efficient vehicles in a month's time, Union Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete said. 

The proposal entailing details of the scheme should come up before the Union Cabinet in a month, the minister told . 

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Source: ET Energyworld

PM Modi invites Kazakhstan to join International Solar Alliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held a "productive" meeting with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and invited his country to join the International Solar Alliance.

Modi met Nazarbayev on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation here in the eastern Chinese port city.
"Prime Minister Modi had a productive meeting with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kazakhstan, on the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India's first technology transfer pact for lithium-ion batteries signed

An agreement on first transfer of technology for lithium-ion batteries was signed here on Sunday between the government-run Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd, an official statement said on Sunday.

According to the Science and Technology Ministry statement, this memorandum of understanding is the first of its kind for the country.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Solar auctions to delay further amid concerns over duty, ISTS issues

Solar auctions would be "dragged further" amid uncertainty about imposition of 70 per cent safeguard duty on solar equipment and concerns among developers over grant of inter-state transmission system (ISTS), according to industry sources.

Last month, state-run power giant NTPC had deferred auction of 2,000 MW of solar capacity to the first week of June from May 21. The company, however, did not go ahead... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Emerging markets next on map for impact investing

Impact investing in emerging markets might be poised for a major growth spurt, as proponents see pension funds and other institutional investors taking an increasing role in a field that largely has been filled by government financial institutions, foundations, and more specialized private equity managers.

Large asset owners are starting to get more interested in impact investing — investments made with... Read more..

Source: Pensions & Investments

Sterling and Wilson to add wind power to its portfolio

Solar power company Sterling and Wilson Pvt. Ltd plans to enter the wind energy business in 2018-19 to become an integrated clean energy player, managing director Khurshed Daruvala said.

In a recent interview with Mint, Khurshed Daruvala, MD, Sterling and Wilson Pvt Ltd, said the Shapoorji Pallonji group company is also interested in entering power transmission, and is scouting for possible acquisitions in... Read more..

Source: livemint

Solar-powered system can harvest fresh water from air

Scientists have developed a system that can harvest water out of the air using just solar power, an advance ideal for people living in arid areas of the world. The prototype, developed by researchers at University of California, Berkeley in the US, can extract drinkable water every day/night cycle at very low humidity and at low cost. "It operates at ambient temperature with ambient sunlight, and with no additional energy input you can collect water in the desert. This laboratory-to-desert journey allowed us... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis