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Environment ministry to install five pollution sucking devices across Mumbai

The Maharashtra environment ministry has decided to install pollution-sucking devices at traffic junctions across Mumbai. The city will become the first to get such devices. According to the ministry, the technology has been jointly developed by the National Environment Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Mumbai, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), and E-square. "This device can suck pollution from 1,000 sqft of area around its installed location. We will... Read more..

Source: DNA India
Subject Tags: air pollution, Technology

Gamesa wins repeat orders from Hero Future Energies

Renewable energy firm Gamesa has bagged repeat orders from Hero Future Energies to set up 120 MW wind energy projects to be commissioned by 2017 in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively.

"Gamesa has entered into a double agreement with independent power producer Hero Future Energies for the project that comprises supply, erection and commissioning of 60 units of G114 2.0 MW T106 turbines for 120 MW... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Energy Efficient Services Ltd to distribute LED tube lights to consumers at around Rs 220 apiece

State-run Energy Efficient Services Ltd will soon start distributing energy-efficient LED tube lights to consumers at around Rs 220 apiece, or just about one-fourth the prevailing market price of Rs 800.

EESL received the lowest bid of Rs 140 apiece of 20-watt tubelight in response to its tender for procurement of one crore LED tubelights, its managing director Saurabh Kumar told ET.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, LED

Madhya Pradesh pollution board asks industries to plant trees

With an aim to reduce pollution level, the regional pollution board has issued instructions to industries to plant adequate trees on the premises and proper maintenance after the plantation.

The board has directed industries to plant trees like neem, banyan, peepal, blackberry, mango, guava and other medicinal plants that could effectively fight toxic air and lives for a longer period.... Read more..
Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: air pollution, Industry

National Energy Policy by NITI Ayog to make polluter pay for emissions

NITI Aayog is likely to unveil the new National Energy Policy in the next three months with a focus on air quality issue, renewable energy, natural gas, universal electrification and clean cooking fuel.

The policy will replace Integrated Energy Policy that envisioned a road map for sustainable growth with energy security over a reasonable period of time. It was approved by the Union Cabinet in December 2008... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

A promising start to Uday scheme with state discoms reducing commercial losses and interest costs

State power distribution companies have sharply reduced commercial losses and interest costs, giving a promising start to Power Minister Piyush Goyal's Uday scheme that aims to set right electricity distribution, the biggest bottleneck in the sector.

The average power generation cost in the country has also come down by 13% to Rs 2.77 per unit in the three-month period ending June from Rs 3.19 per unit... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: electricity, UDAY Scheme

Discoms arbitrarily shutting off solar power, government tells CERC

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has complained to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) that some discoms are not fully evacuating the solar power available to them, resulting in losses for solar developers.

Discoms have been arbitrarily shutting off power from solar projects, for varying lengths of time, often during peak consumption hours.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: CERC, MNRE, solar energy

GIPCL signs PPAs with SECI for solar power projects

Gujarat Industries Power Company (GIPCL) today said it has entered into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Solar Energy Corporation of India for solar power projects in Gujarat.

"GIPCL...has signed PPAs with Solar Energy Corporation of India for 2x40 MW Solar Power Projects in Gujarat Solar Park, Village Charanka, District Patan, under National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II, Batch IV," the company said in... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: renewable energy, SECI, solar

Handling of toxic waste: NGT seeks details from states

With the issue of toxic waste being released from industries becoming a major environmental issue, the National Green Tribunal has directed various state governments including the national capital to state how many industries were authorized to deal with the hazardous waste.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar ordered Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Delhi Metro to install solar plant atop elevated stabling shed

Delhi Metro will install a 3 MWp solar power plant atop an elevated stabling line of Kalindi Kunj depot, the first-ever such shed being built in the DMRC network.

"The work on the stabling shed will be completed in about six months and then the solar plant will be installed atop the shed," the DMRC said today.

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Source: ET Energyworld

INDO-US Clean Energy Fund

India and the United States of America (USA) will be jointly working for the creation of US $ 20 million for US-India Energy Finance Initiatives, equally supported by the USA and India, which is expected to mobilize up to US $ 400 million to provide finances for clean and renewable electricity by 2020. This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, funding

India solar rooftop market to grow at 60% CAGR 2016 – 2021

Solar rooftop market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 60 percent during 2016 – 2021, says a new report from TechSci Research.

The growth is attributed to the rising government focus on increasing the share of solar power in the country’s energy mix, according to the research agency.

As per... Read more..

Source: Greentech Lead

Swedish firm keen on bringing offshore wind energy to T.N.

Swedish company Flowocean AB has expressed interest in setting up floating offshore wind turbines in Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, subject to the approval of State governments.

It is also open to exploring possibilities of making components for turbines in the two States under the Make in India initiative, according to a press release from Flowocean. The company is talking to industries in Gujarat and is... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Greenko to pay $100 million to take over SunEdison’s assets here

Greenko Energy Holdings, which is set to buy SunEdison's Indian assets, will pay a small premium of less than $100 million (about Rs 670 crore) for them in an all cash deal, according to a source who was involved in the negotiations.

This will include the assets held by Terraform Global, one of SunEdison's publiclyheld subsidiaries - called a 'yieldco' - with which some of them are vested.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Turkey imposes import tax on thermal coal for power generation

Turkey imposed a tax this week on imports of thermal coal from Colombia, Russia and other major exporters, for use in power generation, to support domestic coal production.

The Turkish cabinet decided to impose the tax of $15/tonne on imports from the United States, Colombia, Russia and South Africa on July 18 and announced it in the Official Gazette this week.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: coal, Thermal power

Government to distribute 4 lakh LED bulbs in JK

Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said the Government has undertaken a massive programme for ensuring conservation of electricity and in this regard the initiative of providing subsidizes LED lights to the registered and metered consumers will be undertaken soon.
The Deputy Chief Minister was speaking at a review meeting convened to discuss the measures being undertaken to ensure... Read more..
Source: Greater Kashmir
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, LED

30 prominent institutions from Patna pledge to generate over 30 MW solar power

Prominent intellectuals and local citizens volunteered to pledge their roof space to generate solar energy. The initiative carried out by Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) is an attempt to urge the government to come up with a programme to convert "each house into a power house".

In response to CEED's education drive on clean energy to popularize the solar roof top programme, about 30... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

GE to invest up to $31 mn in Mytrah wind project

GE has decided to invest up to $31 million in Mytrah, the renewable energy focussed independent power producer, to support a 200 MW wind energy project in Andhra Pradesh.

As per an agreement, Mytrah Vahu (Tungabhadra) Pvt Ltd (MVTPL), a subsidiary of Mytrah Energy India, has tied up with Guayama PR Holdings BV, an investment vehicle of GE Energy Financial Services. Accordingly, GE has agreed to invest up to... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Suzlon announces turnkey order wins totalling to 75.60 MW from PSUs and SMEs

Suzlon Group has announced its order win for a total capacity of 75.60 MW from various Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) during April to July 2016. The retail orders have been received from mixed bag of customers across diverse industry segments including food, textiles, chemical, real estate, entertainment and manufacturing. These orders comprise of Suzlon’s latest product offerings and includes S111 90m tubular tower, S97 120m hybrid tower and S97 90m tubular tower with... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

Chandigarh Airport set to go solar with ReNew Power

ReNew Power Ventures Private Limited has announced that it has signed a Power Purchase agreement (PPA) with the Chandigarh International Airport (CHIAL) for solar installations.

The agreement duration for the project is 25 years and was signed after a competitive bidding process, in February 2016, for 5MW installation at the airport. Once completed the project will help CHIAL generate 8.4 million units of... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

States issue bonds worth Rs 1.66 lakh crore under UDAY scheme

States have already issued bonds worth Rs 1.66 lakh crore under the UDAY scheme for revival of their debt-ridden discoms, Parliament was informed today.

"As on August 1, 2016, bonds worth Rs 1,66,754 crore have been issued by the participating states under UDAY and thus reduction in interest cost has already started. Cost of power is also on a downward trend," Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: UDAY Scheme

Committee set up to guide Maharashtra govt on renewable energy

The state government has set up a five-member committee under principal secretary (energy) to suggest to the state government the types of renewable energy that are to be promoted. The managing director of Maharashtra Energy Development Agency is the member secretary while chief engineers of MSEDCL and Mahagenco are members. The member secretary of Rajiv Gandhi Technology and Science Commission is also a member.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: renewable energy

California may get world's largest floating wind farm

California's central coast could become the site of the world's largest working offshore wind farm, a 765-megawatt producer surpassing the 630-megawatt London Array off the coast of Kent. If built, the Trident Winds energy project would include around 100 wind turbines set on floating platforms 33 miles (53 km) from shore and power more than 200,000 homes.

Each of the 100 turbines would produce more than 6... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Danfoss highlights energy efficient interventions can save upto 1500 MW per day

Danfoss India has highlighted the need for energy efficient interventions in a state like Tamil Nadu, whichis heavily driven by industries and currently projected for robust growth. A recent report by the Load Generation Balance Report for 2016-17 by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) said that the state will have a surplus of 11,649 MU of energy suggesting that the state has been making great strides towards development and growth.

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Source: Energetica India
Subject Tags: energy efficiency

Clean Ganga Fund: Over 132 crore donated to clean the river

The Clean Ganga Fund launched by the NDA government as part of its ambitious mission to clean the river has received more than Rs 132 crore in donations.

“An amount of Rs 132,43,81,681 has been received in Clean Ganga Fund from residents, NRIs, public sector undertakings and private cooperatives till June 30,” Minister of State for Water Resources Vijay Goel said in a reply to a question in Lok Sabha.... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express