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Railways to reduce water consumption by 20%

Indian Railways joined hands with United Nations Environment Programme to draw out a roadmap for achieving 20 per cent reduction in water consumption at rail establishments.

Besides, the cooperation with the UN body aims to concretise an action plan for the development of green technology and also to set up waste management centres at all major railway stations.

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Source: Money Control

Tata Power-DDL plans to set up 1000 electric charging stations

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd today said it is planning to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations in next four to five years in Delhi.

The company plans to set up these charging stations at various locations in North and North-West Delhi and is already in discussions with Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for space.

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Source: The Economic Times

India, China, EU To Lead If US Withdraws From Paris Pact: UNEP Chief

Even if the US pulls out of the Paris Agreement, as President Donald Trump has threatened to do, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will bank on India, China and the European Union (EU) and India for the success of the accord, which aims to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, if now below 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels by 2100 its top administrator has said.

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Source: NDTV

Actis sets aside $500 million for renewable energy projects in India


Private equity fund Actis Capital, which has just completed raising $2.75 billion, has earmarked $500 million for investing in India’s wind and solar projects, according to industry sources.

Actis completed its fourth energy fund a couple of days back. It had targeted $2 billion, but ended up with $2.75 billion upon oversubscription.

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Source: Business Line

Price of solar power may fall further in FY18

Solar power generation costs are set to dip further during third and fourth quarter of 2017-18, helped by expected softening of interest rates and a drop in solar panel prices due to a supply glut in the international market, analysts say.

Solar power costs had hit a low of Rs 3.30 per unit last month, which is equal to average generation tariffs of NTPC, which produces bulk of its power from coal.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Mitsui Group said to be looking for a role in India’s clean energy story

Taking a cue from JERA Co. Inc., Japan’s Mitsui Group is looking at investments in India’s clean energy sector.

Interest from one of Japan’s largest corporates in India’s renewable energy play comes in the backdrop of India courting investments for its clean energy sector.

India has witnessed record low... Read more..

Source: livemint

NTPC eyes entry in India’s electric vehicles segment

Enthused by India’s electric vehicle (EV) market potential, state-owned energy company NTPC Ltd is exploring a new business around it.

To start with, India’s largest power generation utility is looking at setting up charging stations to help create the demand for electricity generated by its plants and keep pace with the fast-changing power sector.

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Source: livemint

20 hydro projects of 6,329 MW stalled or stressed, says Piyush Goyal

As many as 20 under construction hydro power projects totalling 6,329 MW are either stalled or stressed in the country and Rs 30,147.08 crore has already been spent on them, Parliament was informed today.

"Out of 44 HEPs (hydro electric projects above 25 MW) under construction presently, 20 HEPs totalling 6,329 MW are stalled/stressed and an amount of Rs 30,147.08 crore has already been spent on these HEPs... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Shell CEO urges switch to clean energy as plans hefty renewable spending

The oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy, Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Ben van Beurden said on Thursday.

The world's second largest publicly-traded oil company plans to increase its investment in renewable energy to $1 billion a year by the end of the decade, van Beurden said, although it is still a small part of its total... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Arunachal Pradesh to relook hydropower policy

Small hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh are facing delays in execution with some being stalled for almost a decade.

In all, there are nearly 140 hydropower projects (large and small) in the State stuck in the long development period that were allotted after policies came out in 2007-2008.

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Source: Business Line

China's first wastewater plant using radiation

Radiation is now being explored to treat industrial waste in developing countries like China which has set up its first such plant to clean wastewater from a textile dyeing facility. The technology though being used in industrial countries is not available in the developing world. The plant is part of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project.

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Source: Fibre 2 Fashion

Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam: Make solar power generation easier, fix net meter flaws, officials told

The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), in an effort to ratchet up solar power generation, will take steps to make net meters easily available in the city.

Sudhir Chabbra, chief engineer (commercial), has directed all subdivision officials to ensure a hassle-free procedure is followed to get net meters installed at consumers' homes.

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Source: The Times of India

Rooftop Expertise Gets Vivaan Solar Jhansi Railway Station Project

Vivaan Solar has won another railway station rooftop solar power project. It has won the contract to setup a rooftop solar power project at wagon repair workshop at Jhansi Railway Station. This indeed talks’ about the expertise of Vivaan Solar; after it won the contract to set up rooftop solar power project at 4 railways of NCR including Anand Vihar Railway Station, New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, and Hazart Nizamuddin Railway Station.

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Delhi governent allocates Rs 2,000 crore for energy; focus on solar panels

With a focus on solar energy, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 2,194 crore for the energy sector in its Budget for the coming fiscal year.

Out of the total expenditure for the next fiscal, Rs 1,600 crore has been set aside for power subsidy to domestic consumers, deputy chief minister

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Source: The Asian Age

Government launches a dedicated portal for Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearances

Seeking to ensure transparency in granting clearances to projects in earmarked coastal areas in the country, the environment ministry on Wednesday turned digital by launching a dedicated website for managing the affairs of India's coastal regulation zone (CRZ).

Terming the move a key component of "ease of doing business" in India, the environment minister Anil Madhav Dave said the web portal would "promote... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Karnataka government to come up with India's first hybrid energy park

The Karnataka government is coming up with India’s first ever hybrid energy park (solar and wind) in Pavagada, a panchayat town in Tumakuru district, in the hope of wooing investors who also have a market in Andhra Pradesh’s Anantapur district nearby. Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have always competed with each other in luring investors with industry-friendly incentives – earlier it was in the IT-BT sector, now it’s in the Energy sector.

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Source: Bangalore Mirror

OMRON undertakes expansion in the smart energy segment

Aiming to solve the critical issues faced the energy sector in India, OMRON updated its portfolio with an array of innovative solutions, which are being displayed at the ongoing India Smart Grid Week-2017.

OMRON aims to support the utilities to manage a considerable proportion of losses caused due to power theft by providing first-of-its-kind sensing solutions which make the meters 'tamper evident' and... Read more..

Subject Tags: industry news, Smart energy

Zero waste discharge options needed in Cochin

The BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) levels is high in Irumpanam, Kadambrayar and Eloor section in the industrial area of the city, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). "It means that more than the industrial effluents, septic waste is being dumped," said S Jeyapaul, scientist from the CPCB regional directorate in Bengaluru.

He said that 13 rivers in the state have been declared as most... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

NTPC commissions 45 MW of Bhadla solar plant

India’s largest power generator NTPC Ltd today said it has commissioned another 45 Megwatt of its Bhadla solar power plant in Rajasthan and with this the company’s total installed capacity has become 48,188 MW.

Last month, the company had commissioned 115 MW of the plant.

NTPC, which contributes nearly 24... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Kerala government plans to restrict use of water by PepsiCo

Kerala government on Wednesday said it plans to further restrict groundwater use by soft drink major PepsiCo at Palakkad in view of severe drought in the state.

“The government will take stern measures to restrict usage of groundwater due to prevailing drought and if possible stop Pepsico from drawing it at its plant at Puthussery in Palakkad by using the power vested with it under the State Disaster... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express
Subject Tags: industry news, scarcity, water

Ganga cleaning: NGT warns officials against passing the buck

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday slapped a Rs 50,000 fine on a scientist from the Environment Ministry but withdrew it later, warning officials against passing the buck on matters relating to the cleaning of Ganga.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said in the future any such act will follow a penalty of Rs 50,000, adding it felt "very sad" on the way this important issue was... Read more..

Source: DNA
Subject Tags: environment, Ganga clean-up, NGT

Government's renewables push to power up equipment makers

The government's recent and upcoming auctions of renewable energy projects may provide a boost to the stocks of Ujaas Energy, Suzlon Energy and PTC India, which are engaged in green energy production and financing.

Suzlon and PTC India are expected to be the beneficiaries of the government's 1000 MW wind power auctions last month. The power generated will be supplied to states that do not have adequate wind... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Water levels at 91 Indian reservoirs at 41% of storage capacity

Water levels in India’s 91 major reservoirs were at 41% of their storage capacity, the government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The water level saw a 3 percentage point dip for the week ending 2 March to 64.55 billion cubic metre (BCM), as compared to these reservoirs being at 44% of their storage capacity for the week ending 23 February. These 91 reservoirs monitored by the Central Water Commission have a... Read more..

Source: livemint

Hyundai gears up to drive in hybrid models to India by 2018

South Korean car major Hyundai is looking for a big play in the hybrid vehicle segment in India with plans to introduce its model Ioniq in 2018, besides unveiling mild-hybrids in its compact cars and SUVs.

With pollution becoming a major issue in India, Hyundai, which is present through a 100 per cent arm HMIL here, plans to explore alternative fuel technologies and avail of benefit from government... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Union Water Resources Ministry to recognize work done towards water conservation in villages

The Union Water Resources Ministry will identify villages who have done significant work towards water conservation and popularise them under the Centre's Jal Kranti Abhiyan.

A committee, comprising officials of the ministry and representatives of NGOs, will identify these villages, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said at a national convention on the Jal Kranti Abhiyan.

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Source: DNA