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Punjab to unveil new non-conventional energy policy

According to reports, Punjab will soon introduce a new non-conventional energy policy to meet the increasing demand for clean energy and reduce the burden on conventional resources. The state’s non-conventional energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia announced this at a two-day seminar on ‘Energy Access’ inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today. Under the new policy, Punjab would provide the highest ever tariff to purchase power generated by bio-mass projects in the country. To woo giant players in biomass sector, he said ... Read More »

Tax cut likely for biogas households in Kerala

According to reports, the State government would explore the option of reducing building tax for households with biogas plants. Speaking to newspersons here after commissioning a biogas plant in the backyard of Cliff House, his official residence, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy stressed the need for encouraging decentralised waste management plants in the State. The Rs 28,000-plant at Cliff House was set up by Biotech, the city-based centre for development of biogas technology. It works on bacteria culture, and can treat up ... Read More »

Biogas plants commissioned at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram

According to reports, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has commissioned two biogas plants for solid-waste management. The first plant treats the organic waste from canteens on the premises and a larger second plant was installed at the housing colony. With four canteens servicing more than 5,000 employees, the VSSC generates a large volume of food waste. The new waste-treatment plant can produce biogas equivalent to 17 kg of LPG. The plant was opened by K.M. Nair, Chief Controller, VSSC. A waste-treatment ... Read More »

Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant trial runs soon

According to reports, Delhi’s second waste-to-energy plant in Ghazipur is set to begin pilot runs by the end of October. The first one is in Timarpur Okhla. “The 12 MW plant, with Belgian technology, is set to become a landmark for the sector in the Indian market,” Mahesh Babu, Managing Director, IL& FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd (IEISL), told Business Line. The plant has generated widespread concerns among civil society and local inhabitants over its impact on the local environment ... Read More »

Biogas is the future of energy

According to reports, the recent hike in petroleum products has once again upset the common man’s budget and made yet another strong pitch in favour of adopting a safer, sustainable and economical alternative. Biogas for urban use is fast emerging as one. Urban India generates 1,88,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste  per day, and this is expected to increase by one  to 1.5 per cent every year. The waste includes both non biodegradable and biodegradable waste. The biodegradable MSW holds the ... Read More »

Haryana signs pacts for setting up biomass power projects

According to reports, Haryana Government has signed Memorandum of Understating with four Independent Power Producers for setting up of five biomass power projects of 51 MW capacities with an investment of Rs. 230 crore. Out of these, two projects are likely to be commissioned soon. A spokesman of Renewable Energy Department said that Haryana was one of the leading State in implementing energy conservation programmes. Energy Conservation Fund had been created for execution of energy conservation programmes in the state. He ... Read More »

Power generation capacity of 88,000 MW, 30000MW of renewables, targeted in 2012-17

According to reports, The Planning Commission has set a target of adding over 88,000 MW of power generation capacity in the 12th Plan period (2012-17). In order to bridge the gap between peak demand and peak deficit, and provide for faster retirement of the old energy inefficient plants, the target for the 12th Plan has been fixed at 88,425 MW,” said the 12th Plan document. The Commission had earlier estimated a capacity addition requirement of 75,785 MW in the next ... Read More »

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