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Andhra Pradesh power regulator, main generation company spar over wind energy tariff

According to reports,  Andhra Pradesh, the most aggressive state in building renewable energy capacity last year, may soon lose its momentum because of a standoff between the state’s power regulator and its main generation company over the future cost of wind power. As it does every year, on March 30, the Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) passed an order setting down the preferential tariff the state would pay for wind power in 2017-18. But the state’s main generation company, ... Read More »

Energy efficiency 2.0

According to reports, the bygone financial year has left behind a trail of milestones —10 GW of solar installations, 30 GW of wind and 50 GW of all renewable energy (which includes small hydro and biomass). These milestones have been duly recognised and celebrated. However, there is one more, which has gone unnoticed. Towards the end of 2016-17, India had saved enough through its energy efficiency measures to free up 10 GW of capacity during peak hours — there is ... Read More »

India’s solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

According to reports, India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. The country has abundant solar power potential which has been estimated to be 748 GW, New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal stated in a written reply to Rajya Sabha today. It had achieved total cumulative solar power generation capacity of 6,763 MW in 2015-16. The capacity was 1,686 MW in 2012-13 which increased to 2,632 MW in ... Read More »

Power Grid eyes electric vehicle play

According to reports, enthused by the market potential for electric vehicles (EV) in India, state-owned Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL), the power transmission utility responsible for establishing green energy transmission corridors, is considering setting up charging stations for EVs. The public sector unit is also exploring commercially viable energy storage solutions such as batteries that would help with grid stability—the balance between production and consumption. “We are working on developing an EV business. The idea is to store ... Read More »

Railways to add 1000 MW of solar, 200 MW of wind energy: Suresh Prabhu

According to reports, railways plans to use renewable energy in a “big” way and is looking to add 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu  said. Prabhu along with Power Minister Piyush Goyal also launched a new report, which said Railways can draw up to 25 per cent of its electric power needs from renewables and achieve the target of 5 GW of solar power by 2025. The study released by the Council ... Read More »

Indian Railways’ solar mission gathers steam; roof top plant in Patiala

According to reports, Railways have joined hands with power equipment maker BHEL for setting up of a roof top solar power plant in Patiala to meet the energy demands of the Diesel-Loco Modernisation Works in that city. The public transporter has also completed installing solar panels on about 21 roof tops of coaches, guard vans, rail workshops and production units across the country to promote clean energy and reducing electricity consumption substantially. Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel(IROAF) signed an ... Read More »

Solar energy powers 35,000 meals daily in Mount Abu

According to reports, nestled in the foothills of the Aravallis in Rajasthan is a solar power plant which not only caters to the power needs of a township of 10,000 people but also generates power enough to cook over 35,000 meals a day. With a total capacity of one Mega Watt, ‘India One’ is the biggest project which works on ‘Concentrated Solar Thermal Power technology’, say officials at the plant. Officials at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) ... Read More »

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