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Renewables row: US blocks India at WTO on localisation issue

According to reports, India’s request for a dispute settlement panel against the US for incentivising use of domestic over imported goods in its renewable energy programmes was taken up by the World Trade Organisation on Monday. The move, however, was blocked by the US, which said that it had not flouted norms. “The US’ move of blocking the panel was expected. Now we will have to put in our panel request again. The WTO will have to oblige the second ... Read More »

Kerala plans 10 more solar ferries

According to reports, close on the heels of operating India’s first solar-powered ferry, the State Water Transport Department (SWTD) has sought Central subsidy to procure 10 more solar-powered catamaran-type ferries for use in Kochi and Alappuzha. The successful operation of the 75-seater ferry introduced a month ago in the Vaikom-Thavanakadavu route has given impetus to the demand for solar-powered ferries in numerous other routes. The Centre gave 50 per cent subsidy for the vessel that cost approximately ₹2 crore. Request ... Read More »

No such thing as a perfect renewable energy contract

According to reports, India’s 175 GW renewable energy (RE) targets by 2022 are ambitious, to say the least. Compared to RE targets in Europe, China, or California that require 4-5% growth in RE capacity annually, Indian targets require 25% growth. This translates to enormous capital investment (well over $100 billion), including from global investors. RE investors used to complain that dealing with India was like dealing with 30 countries; each state had its own norms. The model bidding document across states ... Read More »

Faced with challenges, power producers turn to group captive model

According to reports, the more than a decade old group captive model is attracting attention as power producers in the country continue to struggle with idle capacities, lack of long-term power purchase agreements (PPA), low merchant rates and pending dues from the state-run distribution companies. In October 2015, OPG Power Generation Pvt Ltd made a major shift in terms of sales from two of its power plants as it began selling to group captive consumers instead of the Tamil Nadu Generation ... Read More »

ABB to make India export hub for high-end power gear

According to reports, Swedish power equipment and robotics company ABB Ltd will transfer new smart-grid technologies to its Indian arm and ramp up local production to make the country an export hub for high-end power transmission systems and micro-grids, ABB India Ltd chief executive officer and managing director Sanjeev Sharma said. The idea is to capitalise on the growing market in India for energy-efficient equipment in the entire electricity value chain and for micro-grids capable of addressing power deficit in ... Read More »

Northeast region adopts renewable energy to overcome power crisis

According to reports, India’s northeast region is endowed with rich natural and energy resources. With an aim to encourage clean energy, northeast has adopted various means of renewable sources to be self-reliant in the energy sector. A 40-kilowatt solar power plant was recently inaugurated in Assam’s Jorhat city with an aim to utilize the energy resources. In 2015, the then government of Assam sanctioned 50 lakh rupees to encourage solar power generation in the area. The plant at Don Bosco ... Read More »

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