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Power sector reforms gridlocked


According to reports, this July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked scientists from the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to make sure that India’s nuclear power capacity by 2024 is tripled from the present capacity of 5,780 MW. This was bolstered by a press statement issued by the Government saying the Prime Minister believed in clean and reliable sources of energy that could drive India’s energy strategy; given the scale of demand for power in India, nuclear energy could play a ... Read More »

In a big push, Andhra Pradesh to have ‘Green Corridor’


According to reports, Andhra Pradesh government, with an eye on the carbon credit market, has decided to go for ‘green power’ on a massive scale. The state plans to produce 9,000 MW solar and wind power in the next five years to earn clean development mechanism (CDM) benefits from carbon credit exchanges. It will establish a ‘Green Corridor’ with several ‘clean energy’ power projects. “We have planned to produce 5,000 MW solar power and 4,000 MW wind power in joint ... Read More »

Autonomous body to oversee 100 smart cities project


According to reports, the Government is likely to entrust the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), an autonomous body, with the task of overseeing the ambitious ‘100 smart cities’ project, said a senior official in the Ministry of Urban Development. Stating that Urban Development is a State subject and, hence, States will have to take the first step with respect to identification of projects, etc., the official said: “We are not willing to execute the projects. But we feel it ... Read More »

Dubai firm may partner in developing Smart City in Madhya Pradesh


According to reports, Madhya Pradesh is expecting partnership of Dubai firms in another Smart City project to be developed between Indore and Bhopal. Abdullatif AlMulla, CEO of SmartCity Dubai and MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today held a meeting in this regard in Dubai. Almulla is also the chief business development officer of Dubai Holding, the company which is the main promoter of the SmartCity in Kochi. “A team of Smart City Dubai will visit Madhya Pradesh for exploring ... Read More »

Cyan Holdings, GridSense to bring smart grid solutions to India


According to reports, U.K.-based smart grid metering firm Cyan Holdings is partnering with GridSense to introduce smart grid technology to India. Cyan Holdings said it is working with GridSense, a power monitoring solutions provider with headquarters in the U.S., to improve how Indian utilities oversee energy distribution. The partnership could help utilities detect any tampering or electricity theft between the distribution point and the meters found in households. As an automated solution, smart grid technology can immediately alert utilities to problems within the grid and protect utilities ... Read More »

Smart cities for a smart India


According to reports, India’s cities are responding to myriad pressures ranging from fiscal austerity, climate change and most importantly, a rising urban population. Significant investments in land utilisation and communication technologies are being lined up, aiming to improve our built environment through energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transport networks and foster an urban utopia. That tantalising dream of an orderly Indian city — with limited congestion, full power, public security, an educated and responsible urban citizenry — might even be feasible. With ... Read More »

KfW-backed $8 billion India renewable grid starts inviting bids


According to reports, India will begin construction this year on an $8 billion project backed by Germany’s development bank to upgrade its grid to handle a more than doubling of renewable power capacity by 2022. Power Grid Corp of India Ltd, the state-run utility that transmits about half the electricity generated in the nation, has invited bids for work beginning in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu states, Andreas Thermann, deputy director at Germany’s KfW, which will lend an initial €250 million ... Read More »

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