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Zypp plans 5k battery swapping stations in 100 cities in 3 years

New Delhi: The electric vehicle startup Zypp plans to set up 5,000 battery swapping stations for two-wheelers and three-wheelers across the nation over the next three years. The last-mile delivery company, now operational in six cities, has set up 50 battery swapping stations across Delhi NCR, and Jaipur. In 2021 the company will expand to 30 cities including Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Meerut, Indore, Bhopal and several other Tier-2 cities, said Akash Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Zypp Electric. “From 30 cities, we plan to expand to 100 cities in the... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Peak power demand hits record 185.82GW hinting at economic revival

India’s electricity demand touched a record 185.82 gigawatts (GW) on Wednesday morning, crossing the previous record of 182.88GW witnessed on 30 December. The development hints at a recovery in economic activity after massive disruptions in the wake of the covid crisis. Energy consumption is linked to higher overall demand in the economy. “The peak demand for power crossed 1,85,820 Megawatt at 9:35 AM on today. This is the highest ever, a record," power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh said in a tweet. “The demand (and supply) of power in January (up to 19.01.2021) has... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

NITI Aayog Releases Second Edition of India Innovation Index

ITI Aayog, along with the Institute for Competitiveness, today released thesecond edition of the India Innovation Index in a virtual event. The report examines the innovation capabilities and performance of the states and union territories.The first edition of the index was launched in October 2019. The India Innovation Index 2020was released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, in the presence ofMember (Health) DrVK Paul, Member (Agriculture)DrRamesh Chand, CEO Amitabh Kant, Adviser (Science and Technology) Neeraj Sinha, andInstitute for Competitiveness Chair Dr Amit Kapoor. The... Read more..

Source: PIB Gov

MP set up Highest Number of Solar Pumps Under GKRA Scheme

Madhya Pradesh set up the highest number of solar pumps under the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, per state Renewable Energy Minister Madhya Pradesh has set up the highest number of solar pumps in the country under the PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, state New and Renewable Energy Minister Hardeep Singh Dang has said. “A total of 3,224 solar pumps were set up against the target of 3,490 in 24 districts of the state to achieve 92.4 percent success under the scheme, which is maximum in the country,” an official release quoting Dang stated. The scheme was launched by the central government... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy

Nel says 'green' hydrogen could be as cheap as fossil alternative by 2025

OSLO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Norway’s Nel, a maker of zero-emission hydrogen technology, will expand its operations in 2021 in order to make its products more cost competitive, leading to a significant loss for the year, it said on Thursday. Hydrogen, currently mainly used in oil refining and to produce ammonia for fertilisers, is lauded as a potential future green fuel of choice as it is free from greenhouse gas emissions when it burns. Nel’s goal is to enable customers to produce so-called green hydrogen at $1.5 per kilo in 2025, a cost level where it can outcompete fossil alternatives, down... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Women's group set up solar panel making unit in Maha village - The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay has provided technical support for the project

Wardha: A women's self-help group has set up a solar panel manufacturing unit at a village here in Maharashtra, as part of a project aimed at encouraging women to take up jobs and sustain their livelihood, officials said. Talking to on Thursday, Wardha Zilla Parishad's Chief Executive Officer Dr Sachin Ombase claimed it to be the first such unit set up by a rural women's self-help group in the state. "The project is aimed at helping women in rural areas towards sustainable employment and to raise their standard of living," he said. The unit, set up by the Tejaswi Solar Energy Backward... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Solar industry hopes the Budget will pave way for tariff barriers on imports

BENGALURU: The renewable energy industry is hoping that the upcoming Union budget will provide clarity on implementation of the long-pending basic customs duty on solar cells and modules, which they said would fast-track investments in the sector. “We look forward to clarity on schemes that would attract investment towards capacity creation in the solar PV supply chain in India,” said Sujoy Ghosh, vice president – APAC & India Region at First Solar, a leading US solar panel manufacturer that has been considering setting up a production unit in India. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

India calls for equity in carbon space allocation

Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar expressed concern that the developing world would be deprived of its right to grow once the saturation point is reached. Welcoming the US return to the Paris agreement on climate change, Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday that carbon space for developing countries should be reserved now, warning that the space — the amount of carbon that can be emitted while keeping global warming under 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels — was at risk of being exhausted by 2030 or 2035. Javadekar expressed concern that the... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Govt to focus on loss-making discoms for next 3-4 yrs to achieve '24X7 power for all': Official

New Delhi: The government's spotlight will be on electricity distribution utilities or discoms, which are mostly state-run and cash-strapped due to losses, to achieve the goal of 24X7 power for all, a senior official said. There is stress in the power sector due to the inability of discoms to make timely payments for supply of power by gencos (power generating firms), which affects the entire value chain. Participating in a webinar organised by the Institute of Directors, Ashish Upadhyaya, additional secretary in the Ministry of Power, said the major focus of the central government will be... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Assam: Solar storages for Covid-19 vaccines to be tested during polio drive on January 31

GUWAHATI: The efficiency of solar vaccine storages for preserving Covid vaccines in the most inaccessible locations of Assam will be tested during the nationwide polio vaccination drive on January 31. Of the 32 solar vaccine stores that have been developed in the hilly terrain and chars (sand bars) in the riverine areas of the state, 25 have been installed in 2019-20. The Centre has approved another four solar cold storages for Assam. Health officials said before the Covid vaccination drive is rolled out for the masses with procurement of vaccine doses in large amounts in the days to come... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Andhra Pradesh releases feasibility report for solar project sites under RE export policy

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh has released feasibility reports of five project sites for setting up of ultra-mega solar power parks under its renewable energy export policy announced in July last year. It had identified seven such sites with a total capacity of 17,800 megawatt (MW) under its new policy. These were at Kadiri, Obuladevucheruvu (ODC), Ralla Anantapur, Badvel, Kalasapadu, Owk, and Kolimigundla. Out of these, project reports have been released for installation of large-scale solar parks having 4,000 MW capacity at Kadiri, 2,400 MW each at ODC and Ralla Anantapur, 1,400 MW at Badvel... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Cabinet Approves MoU Between India and Uzbekistan for Cooperation in Solar Energy

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was apprised of signing of Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) between India and Uzbekistan for cooperation in the field of Solar Energy. The main area of work under is to identify research/demonstration/pilot projects between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, India and the International Solar Energy Institute (ISEI), Uzbekistan in the following mutually identified areas: Solar Photovoltaic Storage Technologies Transfer of Technology Based on mutual agreement, both parties... Read more..

Source: PIB

State must avail all the schemes of central government such as FAME-II: Mr. Gadkari

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has stressed upon the need for making the public transport people friendly, safe, affordable, accessible, cost effective and pollution free. The Minister also highlighted the need of implementing the ITS in the operation as well as the National Common Mobility Card in order to make its operation fully digitised and efficient. Addressing the 40th Meeting of Transport Development Council last evening, Shri Gadkari said that States must increasingly adopt the alternative fuels in the operation of busses and stressed the use of... Read more..

Source: PIB

SECI Payouts to Solar, Wind Developers up Slightly at ₹3.85 Billion in November 2020

The Solar energy Corporation of India (SECI) paid nearly ₹3.85 billion (~$52.6 million) to solar and wind developers in November 2020, which amounted to over 60% of the total amount disbursed by the agency during the month. According to data released by the nodal agency, it had paid out over ₹6.35 billion (~$86.8 million) during the month towards subsidies, solar and wind power purchases, duty, and tax reimbursements, payments for services, among other fees and charges. Overall payouts in November 2020 were about 17.5% lower compared to the previous month. SECI paid nearly ₹3.7 billion (~$... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

Macquarie AM on ‘carbon neutral by 2040’ pledge

Macquarie Asset Management announces plans to manage its portfolio in line with net-zero emissions by 2040. But how exactly will the group achieve this ambitious feat? ET NOW’s Konica Bhatt speaks to Martin Stanley – Head of Macquarie Asset Management to find out. Konica Bhatt: How is Macquarie AM accelerating the low carbon transition? What steps are you taking to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040? Martin Stanley: Achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 is an ambitious challenge, particularly given the scale and diversity of our investments. However, by the end of next year, we plan to have... Read more..

Source: Times Now News

Rajasthan: Draft RERC rooftop norms shrinking govt policy space

JAIPUR: Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Ltd (RRECL) has written to the energy department on how the draft norms of Rajasthan Energy Regulatory Commission (RERC) are not only going to hurt rooftop solar but also put at the risk the sanctity of government policy. In the solar policy, the government made several measures to help it reach 1,000 MW rooftop target. But the draft norms of RERC have withdrawn many of them. When TOI spoke to Subodh Agarwal, CMD, RRECL, he said they have written a letter but did not disclose the contents. When asked about the RERC proposing to remove all... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Ola partners with Siemens for electric vehicles manufacturing facility

Ride-hailing major Ola on Wednesday said it has partnered with Siemens to leverage the latter's technology at its upcoming electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu. In December, Ola had announced inking an agreement with the Tamil Nadu government to invest Rs 2,400 crore for setting up its first electric scooter factory in the state. "Ola's factory will be built on Industry 4.0 principles and will be the most advanced manufacturing facility in the country. It will have almost 5,000 robots deployed across various functions," a statement said. As part of the partnership, Ola... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Govt ready for policy changes to support industry through energy transition: Amitabh Kant

ew Delhi: The government is ready to support the domestic industry through policy changes required to ensure companies are able to create growth opportunities amid the disruption in business models caused by the ongoing energy transition, Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant has said. Delivering his Chief Guest address at The Economic Times ETEnergyworld Smart Electricity Conclave, Kant said the energy transition trends create churn and disruption in the power sector but also create opportunities for new and innovative business models. "We have the opportunity today to... Read more..

Source: Economic Time

Govt extends transmission charge waiver for solar projects facing delays

In a bid to provide relief to renewable power producers facing delays in project commissioning due to reasons beyond their control, the government has allowed solar and wind-based generation projects to avail transmission charge waivers even if they fail to set up their plants within June 30, 2023 — the deadline set for projects to receive the benefit.

The move is seen to benefit about 6,000 MW of solar projects that are currently facing delays in construction due to issues such as land availability, inadequate transmission capacity and supply disruptions due to Covid. At present,... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Inspection teams to abate dust and related Air Pollution levies charges of nearly 76 lakh rupees on non-compliant entities.

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Inspection teams to abate dust and related Air Pollution levies charges of nearly 76 lakh rupees on non-compliant entities.

Drive conducted in Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh between 31st December 2020 to 15th January 2021
Posted On: 19 JAN 2021 5:11PM by PIB Delhi
With a view to abate dust and related air pollution from the construction and demolition activities, the Commission for Air Quality Management(CAQM) for Delhi-NCR and adjacent areas, directed the Central Pollution Control Board, the State... Read more..

Source: PIB

Japan uses ‘environmental’ fund to finance Vietnamese coal plant

A Japanese state-owned bank is using a green fund to finance a Vietnamese coal power plant, sparking accusations of “egregious greenwashing”.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) announced last month it would invest $636 million in the controversial Vung Ang 2 project, through its Growth Investment Facility.

In response to questions from opposition lawmaker Mizuho Fukushima, seen by Climate Home News, the finance ministry revealed the loan came from a part of the facility targeted at “environmental preservation”.

Launching the facility in May 2018,... Read more..

Source: Climate Change News

West Bengal DISCOM’s PSA with SECI for 100 MW of Solar-Wind Hybrid Power Approved

The West Bengal Electricity Regulatory Commission (WBERC) approved the power sale agreement (PSA) executed between India Power Corporation Limited (IPCL) and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the purchase of 100 MW solar-wind hybrid power. The PSA was approved for a tariff of ?2.69 (~$0.036)/kWh with a trading margin of ?0.07 (~$0.0009)/kWh. The Commission also directed IPCL to comply with the applicable laws regarding scheduling. It asked IPCL to ensure that any deviation should be within the acceptable limits under the deviation settlement mechanism (DSM).

IPCL... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

PepsiCo sets climate change goals

PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) today announced plans to more than double its science-based climate goal, targeting a reduction of absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions  across its value chain by more than 40% by 2030. In addition, the company has pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, one decade earlier than called for in the Paris Agreement.

Specifically, PepsiCo plans to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its direct operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 75% and its indirect value chain (Scope 3) by 40% by 2030 (2015 baseline). This... Read more..

Source: PepsiCo

India’s Cochin International Airport commissions floating solar power plant

India’s Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) has commissioned a floating solar power plant with a capacity of 452KWh.

The new installation will enable the airport to sustain on green energy.

CIAL stated that the airport’s total installed capacity has now reached 40MWp, which will support the airport to generate nearly 160,000 units of power a day.

The airport currently consumes around 130,000 units on a daily basis.

Around 1,300 photovoltaic panels were mounted on high-density polyethylene floats with the help of French technology.

The new... Read more..

Source: Airport Technology

Italy’s Eni eyes foray into Indian clean energy space

Underpinning the growing focus of global super energy majors on India’ green economy, Italy’s Eni SpA is exploring the feasibility of participating in the world’s largest clean energy programme, said two people aware of the development. Eni is eyeing gigawatt (GW)-scale investments in India and plans to reach 55GW installed capacity globally by 2050. The Rome-headquartered firm is studying the build quality of projects, players’ profiles, and the market in India. Oil giants are aiming to diversify and invest in India’s clean energy programme as the conventional hydrocarbon space undergoes... Read more..

Source: LiveMint