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CEA against rampant green power addition

According to reports, chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian said on Thursday that while India ramps up its renewables capacity addition programme, the country should still have coal as a major fuel and avoid getting distracted by the global debate on “carbon imperialism”. While delivering a lecture on ‘Renewables versus Fossil Fuels: An Indian Reassessment of Electricity Generation’ in New Delhi, organised by the Energy and Resources Institute, Subramanian pointed out that discussions on the perverse impact of renewable energy have ... Read More »

India added more solar power in first half of 2017 than in all of 2016

According to reports, the Indian solar market added 1,869 megawatt (Mw) in the second quarter of 2017, bringing installations in the first half of the year to 4,765 Mw. This figure surpasses the 4,313 Mw installed in all of 2016. Mercom India Research shows that in the first half of 2017, large-scale solar installations made up 4,290 Mw (90 per cent) and rooftop installations constituted 475 MW (10 per cent) of total installations. Cumulative solar rooftop installations crossed a significant ... Read More »

Renewable energy: Govt to hold second edition of RE-Invest in Dec this year

According to reports, after postponing the mega renewable energy event RE-Invest three times in last two years, the Central government has finally decided to hold it in Greater Noida in December this year. “We have been facing problems in arranging the sponsors for this event. Hopefully, the problems will be resolved by November and the event in December would be as successful as the last one,” said a senior government official on the condition of anonymity. The first Global RE-Invest ... Read More »

MPs pitch for more focus on renewable sources of energy

According to reports, opposition lawmakers today asked the government to put adequate focus on renewable sources of energy to cut dependency on fossil fuel, saying time has come to take the matter seriously. During a discussion on the India Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha, a number of members from the Opposition parties said a majority of leading economies globally are moving towards biol-fuels and renewable sources of energy and India must take similar initiative. The bill provides ... Read More »

The tyranny of energy uncertainty

According to reports, two states, pioneers in renewable energy, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan, were in the news recently for contrasting reasons, and neither was about tariffs. One set a new national record for renewable energy capacity dispatched, and the other reported that the industry was in distress due to widespread back-down wherein discoms have been unplugging from the grid, delaying payments and shying away from power purchase agreements. The nature of the headlines inspired by renewable energy is changing. Its rapid ... Read More »

Renewable energy push takes a hit on random back-down instructions by discoms

According to reports, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s aggressive renewable energy push that aims to ramp up the share of green power in the country’s electricity supply mix from the current seven per cent to nearly 20 per cent by 2022, is getting stonewalled across a number of states. State-owned power distribution utilities (discoms) in states such as Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are reported to be curtailing solar and wind power generation, as well as randomly issuing backing down ... Read More »

German firm Covestro warms up to micro cold room market in India

According to reports, German company Covestro, which makes materials that go into the setting up of cold storage facilities, expects to help build 800 solar-powered, micro cold rooms in Telangana over the next two years. Covestro, formerly part of Bayer Material Sciences, produces polyurethanes, which prevent heat from getting into cold rooms. It also makes proprietary ‘phase changing material’ (PCM) that act like batteries, absorbing heat first (say, from solar energy during daytime) and then providing cooling when required (during nights). ... Read More »

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