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How Gurugram is warming to solar power; Generation capacity reaches 25 Mw

The total installed capacity of solar power in the city has reached 25MW this year — a 47% increase from the corresponding period of 2017 — underlining the growing potential of renewable energy in Gurugram, a city that also happens to house the secretariat of the International Solar Alliance. 

Haryana Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) officials, who attended a conference in the city, said demand was picking up and they were optimistic that the rates of solar power production and consumption would increase further in the coming months.

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Source: The Economic Times

IIT-Kharagpur research team turns hemp fibre into clean fuel

IIT-Kharagpur researchers have developed clean fuel out of chatai (mat), using microwave. You heard right, chatai or maadur (in Bengali) is the new source of ethanol and diesel — the two greatest airpoison inducers.

“There is an urgency to replace fossil fuels like petrol and diesel that are direct causes of pollution, global warming and climate change. Acres are being allocated for solar and wind energy; hydel power and geothermal projects have been deployed. But India’s fossil fuel import bill still runs high due to non-availability of renewable... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: biofuels, clean fuel

RB commissions first solar powered facility; inks pact for 100% clean energy supply

 Consumer health and hygiene RB India, (erstwhile Reckitt Benckiser) today commissioned its first solar powered factory in Mysore as part of project Greenathon. 

The factory, running on 'green power' forms an extension to RB's continuous efforts to reach its worldwide sustainability targets, a company statement said, adding that as of today, the factory meets 75 per cent of the energy needs with solar energy and aims to be the first factory running on 100 per cent green power in India within couple of years.

This marks RB's first power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Meghalaya government, World Bank ink agreement for Rs 100-crore project

Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad K. Sangma on Saturday said that Government will soon ink an agreement with the World Bank for funding to the tune of over 100 crore aimed at protecting and preserving the catchment areas of the state. 

He said that the impact of global warming is already being felt across the length and breadth of the country and the world.

The Chief Minister announced his government’s plans to protect the water sources of the state while speaking as the Chief Guest at the “Natural... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EESL floats second tender for procuring 5 million smart meters

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has floated its second tender for procuring five million smart meters to be installed on a pan-India basis, reports Nishtha Saluja.

“As of now, we have demand from Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu for smart meters,” Saurabh Kumar, managing director at EESL, told ET. “We have aggregated demand for about one crore smart meters from across the country.”... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: EESL, India, smart meters

MNRE to set up 65,180 biogas plants in current year under NBMMP

The National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) aims at setting up of family type biogas plants for providing biogas as clean cooking fuel and a source of lighting. The slurry produced from biogas plants as a by-product is an organic bio-manure for enhancing crop yield and maintaining soil health. The biogas technology dissemination helps in reducing the environment degradation and prevents the emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane into the atmosphere. The... Read more..

Source: Energetica India
Subject Tags: biogas, India, MNRE, NBMMP

Delhi Budget: Govt proposes to reduce reliance on fossil fuel based power generation

In its Budget for 2018-19, the Delhi government has proposed to encourage renewable energy initiatives to reduce fossil fuel-based power generation. A host of renewable energy initiatives have been lined up for the power department in 2018-19 that will reduce reliance on fossil fuel-based power generation in Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today presenting the Budget in Delhi Assembly. ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Global carbon emissions hit record high in 2017

Global energy-related carbon emissions rose to a historic high of 32.5 gigatonnes last year, after three years of being flat, due to higher energy demand and the slowing of energy efficiency improvements, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. 

Global energy demand rose by 2.1 percent last year... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Second edition of RE-Invest postponed

The second edition of RE-Invest, envisaged as India’s flagship renewable energy event after its inaugural show in February 2015, has been postponed for 
the fifth time. 

After the fourth postponement, it had been scheduled for April 19-21 this year. 

“We will hold it in September or October this year... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Cabinet approves revised energy norms under New Urea Policy

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given approval of revised energy norms to the Department of Fertilizers. The resolution passed by CCEA involved the following points:

• The target energy norms under New Urea Policy-2015 (NUP-2015) for 11 urea units is to be implemented w.e.f. April 1, 2018.
• The extension of present energy norms with token penalties, under the NUP-2015 for a... Read more..

Source: India Infoline

ITC to be in charge of dry waste management in Mysuru for three years

Segregation of waste is often emphasised as being one of the key elements of effective waste management models. Now, as part of its attempts to make the city a lot cleaner, the ITC has rolled out the Wealth

Out of Waste (WOW) initiative, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) for three years – a move that is... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

UNESCO report confirms trouble for India; major water crisis predicted by 2050

UNESCO's report ahead of World Water Day on 22 March should serve as a wake-up call for every Indian. It highlights how India is staring at a deepening water crisis with few steps being taken to ameliorate this bleak situation. It predicts an intensified water crisis across the nation by 2050, with many parts of central India battling a withdrawal of 40 percent of the renewable surface water resources.

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Source: FirstPost

Visakhapatnam Railway Station achieves 100 per cent energy efficiency

Visakhapatnam Railway Station of East Coast Railway has earned the unique distinction of being the first Energy Efficient ‘A1 Category’ Railway Station over the Division. The station has achieved 100 per cent energy efficiency by replacing conventional lights with light-emitting diode lighting, among other steps. All these measures would save about Rs 3.17 lakh per annum with reduction of the connected load for Railways, said Divisional Railway manager, (Waltair) M.S. Mathur.

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Source: Deccan Chronicle

Cabinet apprised of India-Guyana MoU on renewable energy

The Union Cabinet was on Wednesday apprised of an MoU between India and Guyana on bilateral cooperation in renewable energy. 

"The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Renewable Energy between India and Guyana," an official statement said. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Telangana Pollution Control Board cracks down, shuts four polluting industries

Taking a tough stand, the Telangana Pollution Control Board (TPCB) closed four industries on the outskirts of the city for violating pollution norms. It issued the closure orders after a task force committee meeting chaired by TPCB member-secretary P Satyanarayan Reddy met here on Tuesday on action to be taken against erring industries.

The units on which action was taken are: Imagix Pyrolysis plant at... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Energy efficiency, green concerns key to India’s development goals: R.K. Singh

Energy efficiency and protection of the environment will remain at the heart of India’s development goals even as Asia’s third largest economy tries to improve living standards and ensure access to electricity for all, power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh said on Tuesday.

Addressing delegates at a conference organized by Mint on energy efficiency titled “Transformation Agenda 2020”, the minister... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Solar auctions in Maharashtra & Karnataka put off on lack of bidders

In a reversal of the upbeat sentiment prevailing in solar energy last year, two recent solar auctions – one in Maharashtra and the other in Karnataka – have failed to attract enough bidders, leading to their repeated postponement.

Though India added a record 7,295 MW in 2017-18 until February end, and bid out another 10,500 MW through the year, Maharashtra’s latest 1,000 MW solar auction received bids of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Edelweiss, Hero Future Energies eye Atha Group’s solar assets

Edelweiss Group and Hero Future Energies are scouting for solar assets close to 190 mw project capacity of Kolkata-based Atha Group, sources closely associated with the developments said. 

This comes amid an increasing trend of consolidation activity in India’s renewable energy space. “Edelweiss is considering acquiring Atha Group’s solar assets through its infrastructure fund. Hero Future Energies is also... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Dassault Systemes' Cloud business to drive India's electric vehicles adoption

Announcing its Cloud offerings for India, 3D Experience major Dassault Systemes on Tuesday said its growing Cloud business in India could drive electric vehicles adoption.

"Dassault Systèmes has placed the cloud at the heart of our business experience strategy which is the foundation of next-generation applications and business processes. Cloud is the optimal way to leverage the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Is the International Solar Alliance the new model for co-operative development?

The International Solar Alliance could help change the way development agencies, and through them governments, give priority to climate-related issues. Remy Rioux, CEO of the French development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), who travelled to India recently as part of the delegation accompanying French President Emmanuel Macron says that partnerships like the International Solar Alliance will “help give higher priority to climate in the strategies of our institution”.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India to meet solar capacity addition target of 10,000 MW

India is set to meet its target of adding 10,000 MW of solar capacity in 2017-18, almost twice that of the increase in 2016-17. The country had added 5,526 MW of solar capacity in the last fiscal, which was itself a record at the time. “Our cumulative capacity was 19,584 MW in end-February, and we will be crossing 22,000... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Trying to bring entire Maharashtra under solar power: Minister

Maharashtra Power Minister Chandrashekhar Bavankule today told the Legislative Assembly that his department would try to bring the entire state under solar power. 

The minister was speaking after the total demands of Rs 8,240 crore for power ministry were passed in the House. 

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Source: ET Energyworld

Solar power to light up Salt Lake civic headquarters in Kolkata

Solar power will soon light up Poura Bhavan, the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation’s headquarters in Salt Lake. It will help the civic body to save several lakhs annually in the form of electricity bills.

“It will be calculated how much electricity the solar panels would need to generate to light up the entire G+6 building,” said corporation mayor Sabyasachi Dutta.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Suzlon wins two wind power projects in Gujarat

Suzlon will install 238 units of wind turbine generators (WTGs) with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each. Renewable energy solution provider Suzlon Group today said it has won two wind power projects of 300 MW and 200 MW. 

Suzlon will install 238 units of S111 140m wind turbine generators (WTGs) with rated capacity of 2.1 MW each, Suzlon said in a statement, adding that the projects will be located at Kutch... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India most vulnerable country to climate change: HSBC report

The bank assessed 67 developed, emerging and frontier markets on vulnerability to the physical impacts of climate change, sensitivity to extreme weather events, exposure to energy transition risks and ability to respond to climate change. 

The 67 nations represent almost a third of the world’s nation states, 80 percent of the global population and 94 percent of global gross domestic product. ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: climate change, HSBC, India