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Solar-power compliance needs more days: Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh

The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh (Foswac) has asked the UT Administration to extend the deadline for installing solar-power plants atop residential buildings in the city. For the owners of 500-square-yard and bigger plots, this deadline expired on May 18, and in a memorandum handed over to the UT adviser here on Saturday, Foswac asked for more days.

The association stated in the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

UGC directs universities to ban plastic bottles on campus

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles and bags on their campuses.

The directive comes after the Environment Ministry issued an advisory, saying that India is the host of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, the largest United Nations-led event on environment, and the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Indore Municipal Corporation plans to run buses on bio-fuel made from vegetable waste

The industrial hub of Indore, is in a spic and span form after bagging the cleanest city tag in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ for the second year.

For better waste management, the city civic body plans to run public transport buses on the bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) made from the vegetable waste.

“We... Read more..

Source: India.com

Amethi to get solar-powered street lights

As many as 1,700 solar-powered lights will be installed at street-corners and parks in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, using the MP Local Development (MPLAD) fund, a party leader said today.

According to District Congress Committee president Yogendra Mishra, the lights will be installed soon and necessary directions have been issued to the authorities concerned to... Read more..

Source: India.com

Merchant renewable energy plants get fillip from regulator CERC

Power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has paved way for serious merchant renewable power plants by issuing guidelines for long-term transmission access while prescribing stringent rules against squatting and line underutilisation.

The commission has issued detailed procedure for grant of long- and medium-term transmission access to renewable energy project that has acquired half of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Andhra Pradesh promotes Electric Vehicles with fiscal sops

Andhra Pradesh has set a target of attracting Rs 30,000-crore investment in promoting electric vehicles in the next five years by giving fiscal incentives to carmakers, battery manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies and consumers.

The state Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an electric mobility policy that provides for complete reimbursement of road tax and registration fees on sale of electric vehicles... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Cabinet approves National Biofuel Policy

The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains, rotten potatoes, corn and sugar beet with petrol to cut oil imports by Rs 4,000 crore this year alone.

Till now only ethanol produced from sugarcane was allowed to be mixed in petrol.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: biofuel, policy tracker

Maharashtra utility to buy cheapest solar power in the country

Efforts of energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule to go for renewable energy are paying dividends with two private companies agreeing to supply MSEDCL the cheapest solar power in the country. Four other companies will supply solar power at a rate 1 paise per unit higher than the minimum rate. 

MSEDCL had floated tenders for purchasing 1,020 MW solar power from private producers. Two companies JLTM Energy... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Govt to ensure round-the-clock power supply for districts with less than 15% losses

The government is working on a plan to ensure round-the-clock power supply in districts with Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) loss levels of less than 15 per cent.

The power ministry’s technical planning wing Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has sought district-wise details of AT&C losses and power supply from all the state discoms. The data will be compiled in a report that will be sent... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: power supply, sector news

African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050

Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem - but a set of African cities intend to change that. 

Eight cities - from Accra to Dar es Salaam - pledged this week to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet Paris Agreement targets to limit climate change. 

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Source: The Economic Times

India to see 15-fold jump in demand for power to cool homes, says IEA report

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that India will lead the world in terms of the power consumed for residential cooling. The agency estimates that India’s cooling-related energy demand will soar from 90 terawatt hour in 2016 to 1,350 terawatt hour (TWh) in 2050 — a 15-fold increase.

“The total space-cooling output capacity of residential air conditioners worldwide increases in line with the... Read more..

Source: Business Line

NUS researchers turns food scraps into green energy resources

The researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a anaerobic digester system to recycle food waste to produce electricity, heat and fertilisers.

Led by Associate Professor Tong Yen Wah from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, researchers from NUS and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have jointly developed a system that is self-... Read more..

Source: Connected to India

Home ministry plans to drive in electric vehicles, replace diesel

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) is planning to switch to electric vehicles and replace diesel-guzzling vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses, and encourage use of solar and wind energy instead of generators as power backups, senior government officials said.

This comes as part of MHA’s gogreen 2022 road map which it seeks to achieve by reducing dependency on oil and gas that annually costs seven central armed police forces (CAPFs) around Rs 500 crore. Through these initiatives, the ministry officials believe they can cut down reliance on oil and gas by 10% by 2022.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

ACME wins 250 Mw solar power project under MSEDCL tender

ACME Group today announced it has won a 250 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) project in a reverse auction invited by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co (MSEDCL) on 14 May 2018. 

The total capacity allotted under the reverse auction was 1,000 Mw under Build Own and Operate (BOO) model where the successful developer can set up the solar project anywhere in India and supply power to MSEDCL... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: Acme Group, India, MSEDCL, PPA, SPV

Bill Gates foundation to fund sludge treatment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will fund a project to treat sludge generated by a sewage treatment plant (STP) in the city and generate water and energy from it. 

The project has been proposed at the Atladara STP of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC).

A representative of the BMGF had... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Devan Chemicals unveils Moov&Cool technology

Textile finishing expert, Devan Chemicals, has unveiled new Moov&Cool technology. Detailed as a 'cool comfort technology', the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performances by regulating core body temperature. The technology leads to absorption of heat during performance and improvement of moisture management properties of the fabric. 

The patent-pending Moov&Cool is a multi-... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

Australian Renewable Energy Agency Launches $7 Million Initiative For Renewable Grid Stability

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has this week launched a $7 million funding initiative that is designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

Over the past few years, the share of electricity generation in Australia has seen a marked sea change, steadily moving away from the country’s traditional reliance on coal-powered generation... Read more..

Source: Cleantechnica

Centre proposes charging points for EVs every 3 km

The government proposes to set up charging stations for electric vehicles every three kilometres in cities with million-plus population and smart cities, and every 50 km on busy national highways.

It is likely to offer fiscal incentives and facilitate land from municipal authorities for those interested in setting up the infrastructure, which is a key requirement for the proliferation of electric vehicles.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Canadian Solar Commissions 35MWp Open Access Solar Project In India

Canadian Solar Inc., (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that its 35 MWp commercial and industrial (C&I) solar portfolio in the state of Karnataka, India reached commercial operation in March 2018.

The 35 MWp project is located in Bagalkot District of Karnataka and is expected to generate approximately 54,000 MWh of clean... Read more..

Source: Reuters

NGT slams Ganga Mission for failure to file compliance report

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday rapped the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for not filing a compliance report on the steps taken by the Centre and the UP and Uttarakhand governments to clean the river Ganga in the stretch between Gomukh and Unnao.

A bench headed by acting NGT chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim said that despite its April 3 order to file an affidavit stating measures taken by... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Wind power bid submission deadline extended by Gujarat utility

The Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) has once again extended the last date for submitting bids for supplying wind power to the state-run company. 

This is the fourth time the deadline has been extended ever since GUVNL floated a tender in February to procure 500 MW wind power through competitive bidding.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Europe's bottled water producers seek to increase plastic recycling

Europe's bottled water producers set a goal on Tuesday of raising collection rates of plastic bottles to 90 per cent by 2025 from 60 per cent to improve recycling and cut pollution. 

"Our packaging today is part of the unacceptable phenomenon of littering alongside other discarded items," the European Federation of Bottled Waters said in a statement. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Northeast Frontier Railway on clean energy path

The Northeast Frontier Railway is planning to make its other stations run on solar power after Guwahati railway station.

"We have taken stock of Guwahati railway station, which has been running on solar power for some time, and it has performed well," a senior NFR official said.

The official said solar... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

India finalises wind-solar hybrid policy

India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has released its ‘National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy’ seeking to encourage hybridisation of projects due to the benefits they offer for grid integration.

A draft policy was first issued in June 2016 and has now been finalised after consultation with stakeholders. Studies have shown that combining wind and solar helps to minimise the variability of power output... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Gujarat government to bring policy for solar power generation in farms

The Gujarat government is preparing to launch a new solar power policy with special focus on farmers where they can give their lease land for installating solar panels and take crops. The farmers will get rentals for the land and also a share in profit as return.

Sources in the governme-nt said, "The state government is going to announce this policy soon and special MoUs will be made with farmers. Several... Read more..

Source: DNA India