India Offshore Wind Policy to Target 1 Gigawatt by 2020

India is set to introduce an offshore wind policy targeting 1 gigawatt by 2020, seeking to mimic Europe’s success in generating power at sea.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy will seek cabinet approval for the policy shortly, according to Joint Secretary Alok Srivastava.
“Development of the technology has made offshore wind projects viable now,” Srivastava said by phone yesterday.

Source: Bloomberg

India, EU stress need for global pact on climate change

India and the European Union Friday stressed the need for a global agreement on climate change at the UN Conference in Paris next year. During their meeting, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and European Union Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard discussed various steps taken by both sides to tackle global warming.

Source: Zee News

IPCL's 32 percent gross revenue growth from wind power

India Power Corporation Limited (IPCL) -- an integrated power generation and distribution company—has registered a 32 percent growth in gross revenue in wind power generation from Rs.49.21 crore in 2012-13 to Rs.64.77 crore in 2013-14, a top official said here Saturday.

Source: India TV News

'USD 100 bn investment likely in renewable energy in 4 years'

The government is expecting USD 100 billion investment in the renewable energy sector in the next four years as it firms up a new policy framework for the same. 
"We expect USD 100 billion in the renewable energy sector in the next four years," Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said today at Economist India summit.
He also said the government expects USD 50-60 billion investment in power transmission and distribution in the next four years. 

Source: Business Standard

World’s Largest Single Rooftop Solar Power Project Commissioned In India

Indian solar energy companies are fast delivering world-class solar power projects as the market expands based on favorable regulatory and policy outlooks.
India’s largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company in the solar power market has just commissioned the world’s largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic power project. The 7.52 MW solar power plant has been commissioned in the northern state of Punjab.

Source: Clean Technica

India Power Coprn plans to augment renewable power procurement

India Power Corporation Ltd (IPCL), a power generation and distribution company, is augmenting its renewable power procurement plans.

Source: Business Line- The Hindu

Govt launches web portal on Ganga Rejuvenation Plan

In a major step towards its cleanliness drive, the Ministry of Water Resource on Friday launched an exclusive web portal on the river Ganga. The purpose of this launch is to connect with public on the ambitious Ganga rejuvenation project of the National Democratic Alliance or NDA Government.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Water Resource, Uma Bharti said that the website was an important tool to connect the public with the gigantic task of Ganga rejuvenation.

Source: Zee News

Govt to create fund to promote public transport

Delhi government has decided to establish an urban transport fund to promote public transport and its use in a bid to tackle the rising pollution levels in the national capital.
One rupee cess shall be imposed on purchase of every packet of cigarette and every bottle of liquor for the purpose, a Delhi government official said Friday.
The government has also decided to introduce 8 coaches in 129 metro trains by March 2017. So far, only 58 metro trains run with 8 coaches.

Source: Zee News

Centre prepares concept note on smart cities

The ministry of urban development has prepared a draft concept note on the smart city scheme. The government had announced a plan to develop 100 smart cities to provide better amenities in urban areas. The 100 smart cities will include all state capitals and union territories.

Source: Live Mint

Solutions to the water energy nexus remain elusive

Volkswagen and Coca-Cola among businesses acting on interconnected issues of water and energy, but the voice of power companies and energy producers is largely absent
Solutions to the water energy nexus – the main topic of last week’s World Water Week conference in Stockholm – remain elusive. The basic idea is simple enough: water is energy intensive, and energy is water intensive, so addressing both in an integrated way should lead to innovative, more efficient solutions.

Source: The Guardian