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Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming.

Flanked by coal miners and coal company executives, Trump proclaimed his "Energy Independence" executive order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency... Read more..

Source: REUTERS

EESL dismisses charges of irregularities in LED procurement

The state-owned EESL today refuted allegations of irregularities in procurement of LED bulbs for the Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme, terming them as "false, misleading and devoid of any facts".

"In response to allegations raised in some newspapers today, the Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), a company under the administrative control of the Ministry of Power, has strongly refuted... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: eesl, industry news, LED

Hindustan Power commissions 50 MW solar plant in Punjab

Hindustan Power's clean energy arm has commissioned its second solar power plant of 50 MW capacity in Punjab at an investment of Rs 325 crores.

"The high degree of solar insolation in the state is enabling a generation of 2,20,000 units of clean energy per day," Hindustan Power said in a statement.

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Source: Daily News & Analysis

Power-starved Meghalaya wants to go for renewable energy

Power-starved Meghalaya is now eyeing renewable energy to meet the growing demand for electricity in the state, Power Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar has said.

"The main concern facing the state today is power deficit which has greatly affected Meghalaya's economy and the government has given a lot of thrust towards non-conventional energy which is sustainable as well as eco-friendly," he said.... Read more..

Source: One India

Sikkim Preparing Legislation to Implement Sustainable Development Goals

Sikkim government is preparing umbrella legislation for the implementation of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state, this was announced by state MP Prem Das Rai, while addressing the valedictory session of a workshop jointly organised by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology and the Centre for Media Studies, along with government of Sikkim.

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Source: Northeast Today

Government to encourage power through solar energy in Madhya Pradesh

Central and State Governments are encouraging power production through solar energy. The programme of installing rooftop solar plants over the buildings of institutional areas is being comprehensively implemented across the State and the country. Under this scheme, orders for installation of solar power plants in 39 collector offices of the State have been issued by MP Urja Vikas Nigam.

The 39 solar power... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Bhopal gas tragedy site has 336 tonnes of hazardous waste, says govt

Around 336 tonnes of hazardous waste is lying in the premises of Union Carbide India Limited, the site of the infamous 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the government said on Tuesday.

Environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said the government has neither sought any allocation of funds from department of expenditure nor any allocation has been made for disposal of toxic waste.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times
Subject Tags: hazardous waste, pollution

'India's temperature rose by 0.60 degree over last 110 years'

India's temperature has risen by nearly 0.60 degree celsius over the last 110 years and extreme events like heat waves have increased in the last 30 years, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), in line with rising temperatures across the globe, all India mean temperatures have risen nearly 0.60 degree Celsius over the last 110 years. Further IMD... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government promises to give free electricity connections to Below Poverty Line households in Uttar Pradesh

In a three-hour meeting between Union power minister Piyush Goyal and UP energy minister Shrikant Sharma on Monday, it was decided that all Below Poverty Line (BPL) households will be given free electricity connections.

Above Poverty Line (APL) households will be provided reasonable EMIs and 100% financing to get power connections. “We have to bring an Urja Kranti in UP and we will work together to achieve... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

LEDs to cut carbon-dioxide by 80 million tonnes a year, save Rs 40,000 crore in power bills: Piyush Goyal

The government's promotion of light emitting diodes (LED) will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 million tonnes per annum and save around Rs 40,000 crore in power bills annually, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday.

"The LED project, where the government is replacing the lighting load of the country with LEDs, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 million tonnes per annum and the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Emission Norms: Supreme Court Tells Automobile Firms Not To Delay BS-IV Roll Out

The Supreme Court has asked automobile companies not to frustrate the government's initiative to check increasing levels of pollution by selling BS-III vehicles which they are holding in stock. The Supreme Court, which was hearing pleas of automobile manufacturers seeking permission for disposing of around 8.2 lakh BS-III vehicles which are being held in stock, indicated that either it will ban registration of such vehicles or impose costs to compensate for the health hazards created by pollution.... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

Ola pilot project: Electric cabs across major cities in three months

ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd, which runs cab-hailing service Ola, will shortly introduce fully electric cabs on a pilot basis in major Indian cities.

“There is a lot of focus on electric vehicles. We shall be rolling out electric cabs in top cities in three months,” Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ola, said in an interview.

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Source: livemint

Delhi, Faridabad among 5 cities with worst air pollution, says government

Delhi and Faridabad were among the top five cities with the worst air pollution in the country between 2015 and 2016, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. “Cities can be ranked on the basis of different criteria pollutants with different results. Five cities where higher values of air quality index have been observed for the period between November 2015 to October 2016 are Delhi, Faridabad, Varanasi, Lucknow and Jaipur,” Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply. He was asked which were the... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

Delhi Metro’s roof-top solar project gets registered with UN climate framework

The Delhi Metro’s initiative to install roof-top solar power plants at its premises has become the “first-ever” green project to be registered with a UN framework on climate change for any metro or railway system in the world. The clean development mechanism project has been registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) under the ‘small scale category’ for facilities with an installed solar capacity of less than 15 MW, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today said. “... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

Macquarie in talks to buy solar power assets of Hindustan Power

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) is in advanced talks to acquire a 320 megawatt (MW) portfolio of solar assets from Hindustan Power Projects Pvt. Ltd (HPPPL), two people familiar with the development said.

HPPPL, formerly known as Moser Baer Projects Pvt. Ltd, has over 600MW of solar capacity. In April, it commissioned a 1,200MW thermal power plant at Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh.... Read more..

Source: Deal Street Asia

NTPC mulls buying $1.3 billion stake in SJVN from government

NTPC Ltd., India’s biggest electricity producer, is seeking to buy the federal government’s stake in hydro-power producer SJVN Ltd. to boost its share of non-fossil fuel generation capacity, according to people with knowledge of the development.

New Delhi-based NTPC has written to the finance ministry’s Department of Investment and Public Asset Management proposing to buy India’s stake in SJVN, the people... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Soon, solar plants on roofs of govt offices, schools and colleges in West Bengal: Sobhandeb

State power department is keen to generate solar energy in the state by setting up solar plants on roofs of government offices, schools and colleges, state Power minister Sobhandeb Chatterjee said at Rampurhat in Birbhum on Monday.

Chatterjee visited the district to inaugurate a solar power plant at Rampurhat College on Monday. The minister also offered prayers at Tarapith during his trip. Rampurhat MLA and... Read more..

Source: Millennium Post

Waste from hotels to soon power Coimbatore homes

The city corporation is planning to set up a 50 metric tonne biogas plant, that will generate electricity using food waste collected from hotels and restaurants.

The huge plant will be set up near the crematorium at Chokkam Pudur or the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation power station at Kavundampalayam, sources said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

35 countries identify ‘Scale’ and ‘Innovation’ as key drivers for climate agenda

FICCI, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, The World Bank Group, The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), with the support of GIZ, organized the 10th edition of the India Climate Policy and Business Conclave at the Park Hotel in New Delhi. The two day conclave, supported by Sustainability Outlook, drew 200 participants from business and industry,... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

Greenko Energy raises $155 million

Greenko Energy Holdings, a renewable energy company, has signed definitive agreement for a primary equity raising of $155 million from an affiliate of GIC and another entity that is wholly-owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). GIC, a global investment firm, is investing $123.9 million and the ADIA subsidiary will invest the remaining $31.1 million. With this transaction, GIC continues to be the majority shareholder of Greenko. The funds will contribute to Greenko’s platform through the... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

IREDA to sanction Rs 13000 crore loans for renewables in FY18

State-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) will sanction Rs 13,000 crore for clean energy projects next fiscal in the country, vying for around 20 per cent of the loan market share.

With the government aiming at adding around 15 to 16 GW of clean energy projects, including solar and wind, there would be total credit market size of around Rs 65,000 crore.

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Source: The Economic Times

Renewables to account for over 60 per cent of India's power capacity: Piyush Goyal

Enthused by drop in renewable energy tariff, Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said India's 60-65 per cent of installed power generation capacity will be green energy.

"Going by prices we have discovered, I am inspired to say that 60-65 per cent of India's installed capacity base will be green energy," Goyal said at Take Pride event organised by CII.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Hindustan Zinc plans solar power projects worth Rs 425 crore by next year: CEO

Hindustan Zinc today said its 15 MW solar projects in Rajasthan will get commissioned this month, and it is also planning to invest Rs 425 crore for 85 MW power plants by next year.

"We are in the process of putting up 15 MW (rooftop solar power plants) which will get commissioned before March 31. We would be using 15 MW for captive use," Hindustan Zinc (HZL) CEO Sunil Duggal told PTI in an interview.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Green plan to save Rs 41,000 crore crore power expenditure for Indian Railways

Indian Railways is planning to save a staggering Rs 41,000 crore expenditure towards power consumption over the next decade by gradually switching to non-conventional energy.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu announced the plan while addressing the e-inauguration of DigiPay initiative at the railway station here. He also announced various development projects at other stations in the South Central Railway from... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mumbai airport goes green: replaces water in urinals with ammonia-breaking bacteria

Mumbai’s Chhattrapati Shivaji International Airport recently adopted a method to reduce the use of water in its urinals and cleaning of floors. In the process, the airport has managed to save one lakh litres of water each day.

As per a report in Mumbai Mirror, the administration has introduced ammonia-feeding bacteria in urinals.

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Source: Daily News & Analysis