Scientists have spoken collectively and sent their loud and clear message : Act now to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times or abandon billions of people to suffer the social and natural dangers of a hotter planet. It’s now over to governments to slow down warming
The South Western Railway (SWR) has installed solar panels in 19 buildings, including railway stations, workshops and offices, with a total capacity of 3,605kilowatt-peak (kWp). Kilowatt-peak is the power that solar panels generate under standard conditions.
India could face an Annual Threat of deadly heat waves, like the one in 2015 killing at least 2,500 people, if the world gets warmer by 2 degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels, says the much-anticipated world’s biggest review report on climate change to be released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 8th, October 2018. The implications of the report will be discussed at the Katowice climate change conference in Poland this December.
Solar water pumps for farmers in place of their diesel and thermal power-based pumps, artificial ponds in farms to strengthen water conservation, rooftop solar panels, and electric vehicles in urban areas are some of the projects the state has been implementing since a year to mitigate the action plan to adapt to climate change. Director of environment, told on 8th, October 2018 that soon after the State received recommendations for its climate change action plan from TERI in 2016, “we refined it further to evolve our own climate change adaptation policy which has been already approved by the cabinet. The forest department, for one, has taken up a plan to plant 13 crore trees across Maharashtra.” He also pointing out that the artificial ponds campaign and subsidized solar fittings had gained popularity and was achieving the targeted results.
The power ministry is planning to place a proposal to bring large hydro power units under the ambit of renewable energy before the Union Cabinet in a month. It has been circulated in all the ministries for getting comments. The moment comments come, the ministry will place it in the Cabinet for approval,” R.K.Singh, Power Minister said at the second global RE-Invest Summit here. The move, if implemented, could prove to a major positive for capital intensive hydro projects allowing them access to global funds and the benefits available for green energy projects.
Himachal Pradesh is offering land at a rate of Re 1 per square metre to woo investors to set up renewable energy projects in the state, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said last week. Speaking at an event of “2nd Global Re-invest India-ISA Partnership,” Thakur said that the state allows for deferred royalty payment, and that the state electricity board would buy power directly from renewable projects.
Under the grid connected rooftop scheme, the Centre and state equally share the burden of subsidy for installing rooftop solar panels by individual households, organizations and government buildings. Bihar Renewable Energy Agency (BREDA) is the nodal agency for implementing the project in the state.
The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) conducted a two-day session for senior officials from about 20 government departments encouraging them to adopt green practices while constructing new buildings or renovating existing ones.
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Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan today laid the foundation stone of Odisha’s first second-generation bio-ethanol refinery being set-up by government-owned fuel retailer Bharat Petroleum (BPCL) in Bargarh districtto produce 3 crore litre of bio-ethanol per annum, by August 2020 at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore.
As uncertainties loom over the solar power sector, mainly on the policy front, the Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Energy has put its ambitious expansions plans in the segment on the backburner after it had announced in May 2018 it’s plans to set up a 1,000-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing facility at Vijayanagar in Karnataka and to install 200 MW of solar power systems in the current fiscal. However, it has so far commissioned just about 12 MW of solar capacity.
Apollo Global Management LLC on 8th, October 2018, agreed to buy a $1 billion portfolio of equity investments in energy assets from General Electric’s finance arm GE Capital, as the U.S. conglomerate looks to narrow its focus on its industrial roots. GE Capital’s energy portfolio has about 20 investments in Renewable Energy, contracted natural gas fired generation and midstream energy infrastructure assets, primarily in the United States, the U.S. private equity firm said in a statement.
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Trichy, acclaimed for its high-pressure boiler manufacturing of thermal power plants, is set to foray into electric bus (e-bus) manufacturing. With this, it has added e-mobility to its business portfolio. The company foresees potential business opportunity and has decided to get technology support from NIT Trichy to manufacture electric buses. BHEL plans to launch its first e-bus by March 2019.
MAHAGENCO, which had decided to set up a floating solar plant at Irai dam is now having second thoughts about it for several reasons. Gensol, a private solar energy agency engaged in the feasibility study for Irai but gave a report that was not very favourable. A ballpark calculation had estimated that 250MW could be generated through floating solar panels. Floating solar power plant exists only in Kerala. A 500kW plant was recently inaugurated in Banasura Sagar at the cost of Rs9.25 crore.
Greenko Group, a Hyderabad-Headquartered, is acquiring Orange Renewable from Singapore’s AT Capital Group for an enterprise value of $850 million, ending weeks of intermittent negotiations. Itis also in final negotiations to buy a 385 MW wind energy platform, Skeiron Renewable Energy Pvt, a private company held by Suzlon founder Tulsi Tanti and his family, for $528 million, said people aware of the discussions. If they do go ahead, the two transactions for a cumulative $1.4 billion will add an incremental 1.13 GW of wind and solar assets to Greenko’s 3.2 GW operational portfolios. Another 500 MW is expected to get added by March 2019, thereby taking the portfolio close to 5 GW. These developments are expected to revive consolidation in the sector, which had seen a lull in the past few months.
The government-approved auditors will conduct randomised, third-party compliance monitoring of environment clearance conditions, according to a draft notification of environment ministry. The government plans to make projects such as powerplants, mines and oil and gas exploration ventures and expansion initiatives subject to checks by independent auditors to ensure they are complying with environmental conditions and prevent the kind of public protests that erupted in Tamil Nadu over the Vedanta group’s copper unit earlier this year.
The International Energy Agency and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on energy efficiency collaboration setting a strong framework for collaboration on activities and projects to accelerate progress on energy efficiency, both in China and around the world. The IEA and the NDRC look forward to collaborating on policy dialogue, joint research, data sharing and capacity building activities.
The future that fast-growing cities in South Asia and Africa choose – cleaner and safer, or dirtier and more dangerous – will be pivotal to efforts to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, scientists said in a key UN report this week. Iconic metropolises such as New York and London often grab headlines with their plans to cut air pollution, adopt electric transport, design green buildings or protect residents from floods.
Bioenergy from liquid biofuels and biogas will lead growth in renewable energy consumption to 2023, due to its rising use in the heating and transport sectors, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Overall, renewable energy will continue to grow to 2023, accounting for 40 percent of energy consumption growth as countries cut their greenhouse gas emissions to try and keep global warming in check. While growth in solar and wind power is set to continue in the electricity sector, bioenergy will remain the largest source of renewable energy, the IEA said in an annual report on renewables.
Despite political support from the White House, U.S. coalconsumption continues to fall, as power producers shutter coal-fired units in favour of cheaper and more flexible natural gas as well as solar and wind. Electric power producers’ coal consumption fell to 298 million short tons in the first half of 2018, down from 312 million in the same period in 2017, marginally below 2016, and the lowest since 1983.
Renewables account for over half the added electricity capacity in 2015:
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