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Oil Ministry proposes key changes in natural gas allocation policy

According to reports, the Oil Ministry has suggested key changes in the natural gas allocation policy in the view of sharp drop in output from Reliance Industries’ eastern offshore KG-D6 block. In a note to the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the ministry has proposed to stop gas supplies to power producers that do not sell electricity at regulated tariff. Also, future gas allocations are to be made only to urea fertiliser plants and ... Read More »

Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) biogas plant for Kovalam, Kerala

According to reports, a solution to the vexed issue of garbage disposal at Kovalam, near here, is in sight with the government giving the green signal for setting up a five-tonne innovative biogas plant developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). The Rs.1.18-crore Nisargruna biogas plant, developed by the Technology Transfer and Collaboration Division of BARC, Trombay, for effective management of solid waste, will be set up on 50 cents owned by Kerala Tourism at Mayakunnu behind the popular ... Read More »

SunEdison introduces rural electrification using solar in India

According to reports, SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider, on Thursday announced the launch of a 15KW plant in Meerwada, a remote village in Guna district, Madhya Pradesh. Meerwada is the first village to be selected by SunEdison as part of the company’s Rural Electrification Programme, SunEdison Eradicating Darkness (SEED), a programme that aims to electrify many remote villages across India, Africa and South East Asia through solar powered mini-grids. The plant was inaugurated by Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister ... Read More »

India for more private sector participation in power T&D sector

According to reports, the government on Wednesday called for more participation by private players in the power transmission and distribution (T&D) sector. “We want more and more private participation in the sector to sustain the growth momentum. We are aware of the challenges faced by the industry, including a shortage of coal and gas. We are considering them sympathetically and carefully,” Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said. He was addressing the ‘Elecrama 2012’ summit hosted here by IEEMA, the apex body ... Read More »

Karnataka’s renewable energy potential is far more than 28 GW

According to reports, studies conducted by the World Institute of Sustainable Energy ( WISE), Pune, a  UK government funded organisation working in the  renewable energy area, has reported that  Karnataka has a high renewable energy (RE) potential. The potential is for more than 28 GW, of which only 3.45 GW has been tapped till November 2011. Karnataka’s RE base of 3.45 GW includes 1,929 MW of wind, 86 MW of biomass, 782 MW of bagasse co-generation, 646 MW of small ... Read More »

Indian government rejects plea seeking imposition of import duty on finished solar equipment

According to reports, the government says it has no objections to imports of low-priced Chinese  solar cells as long as they meet prescribed quality standards. This comes as a setback to domestic manufacturers battling cheaper Chinese imports. Last week, the government rejected a plea of domestic players seeking imposition of import duty on finished solar equipment. “The market will always bend towards the products which are low-priced. But, yes the quality matters,” said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, ministry of new ... Read More »

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