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Rajasthan First State to Implement Biofuel Policy

  Rajasthan First State to Implement Biofuel Policy: (GS-II(Policies) & GS-III(Environment)) Theme: Biofuel Policy Rajasthan has become the first State in the country to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the Centre in May 2018.   The desert State will lay emphasis on increasing production of oilseeds and establish a Centre for Excellence in Udaipur to promote research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy resources. A Biodiesel Plant o

02 July, 2019 Energy

Bureau of Energy Efficiency-BEE

The energy efficiency initiatives by BEE leads to savings worth Rs. 89,122 Cr. Context: Union Minister of State (IC), Power and New & Renewable Energy & Minister of State, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship,today released a Report on “Impact of energy efficiency measures for the year 2018-19” through Video conference. Report Findings The findings of the report reflect that implementation of various energy efficiency schemes have led to total electricity sav

07 May, 2020 Energy

Ethalin hydropower project

Ethalin hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh deferred The Forest Advisory Committee, the apex body of the Environment Ministry tasked with deciding whether forest land can be diverted for industrial projects, has once again deferred its decision on a controversial hydropower project in Arunachal Pradesh. The 3097 MW Etalin Hydropower project, in the State’s Dibang Valley, has been delayed for over six years. This is because it required diverting 1165 hectares of forest in a region

13 May, 2020 Energy

A jolt to national energy security

A jolt to national energy security By,Sudha Mahalingam, Tejal Kanitkar and R. Srikanth are, respectively, Raja Ramanna Chair Professor, Associate Professor and Dean in the Energy and Environment Program at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru Introduction The government’s  proposal for reform of power tariff policy , is of a piece with the recent comprehensive proposal to amend the Electricity Act 2003; put together, they erode the concurrent status accorded

19 May, 2020 Energy

NTPC in pact with ONGC to set up Joint Venture Company for Renewable Energy Business

NTPC in pact with ONGC to set up Joint Venture Company for Renewable Energy Business NTPC Ltd., the PSU under Ministry of Power and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), the PSU under Ministry of Petroleum &Natural Gas, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a Joint Venture Company for Renewable Energy business. The MoU will enable both companies to accelerate their footprint in Renewable Energy. As per the MoU, NTPC and ONGC will explore the setting up

23 May, 2020 Energy

Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET)

Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET) Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) has been renamed as Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET), a premier national institution under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Govt. of India. The changed name has been registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act 1975 ( Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1975) CIPET will be in a position to fully devo

29 May, 2020 Energy

Initiatives of Coal Ministry  to improve efficiency

Initiatives of Coal Ministry  to improve efficiency Introduction Ministry of Coal has taken initiatives to re-visit old laws with an aim to improve efficiency, ease of doing business and to open up coal sector which would result in improving domestic coal production and reduce imports. In the present scenario of coal sector, there has been dominance of public sector companies both in exploration and mining of coal. Age old Mineral Concession Rule, 1960 was governing many aspe

04 June, 2020 Energy

Benefits of commercial Mining

Benefits of commercial Mining Upon attainment of Peak Rated Capacity of production of 225 MT, these mines shall contribute about 15% of the country’s projected total coal production in 2025-26. Employment generation for more than 2.8 lakhs people: Direct employment to approximately 70,000 people and indirect employment to approximately 210,000 people. Expected to generate approximately Rs 33,000 crore of capital investment in the country over next 5-7 years. These mines will co

18 June, 2020 Energy

Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat

Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat The LPG Panchayat, which was launched in Gandhinagar last year, is aimed at driving rural households to adopt Liquefied Petroleum Gas. Now, the President is planning to conduct one in Rashtrapati Bhavan. As a part of it, over 100 beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), from 20 states will share their experiences of how the clean cooking fuel has changed their lives, in the presence of the President. After the launch of the PMUY, LPG consumpti

17 June, 2020 Energy

Atal Innovation Mission partners with Coal India Ltd

Atal Innovation Mission partners with Coal India Ltd to boost its Innovation & Entrepreneurship initiatives Coal India Limited (CIL) has agreed to partner with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog to support proactively the flagship mission’s innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives across the country. A Statement of Intent (SoI) of a strategic partnership between AIM and Coal India Limited was signed and exchanged in a virtual e-summit for the same on Friday June 19.

21 June, 2020 Energy

Compressed Bio-Gas plants to be brought under Priority Sector Lending

Financing for Compressed Bio-Gas plants to be brought under Priority Sector Lending Context The Government is in the process of including Compressed Bio-Gas under Priority Sector Lending.  Shri Pradhan, along with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, inaugurates CBG Plant at Namakkal in Tamil Nadu and CBG Fuel Stations. He further added that Central Financial Assistance or Subsidy for setting up CBG plants has been extended to 2020-21 to promote new projects. About SATAT The

24 June, 2020 Energy

Sure power: On India’s solar strategy

Sure power: On India’s solar strategy India’s installed base of this solar power source is about 35 gigawatts (GW), and its projected addition of capacity until 2024 in a COVID-19 affected future is estimated by the industry to be of the order of 50 GW. - Viewed against the goals set five years ago for the Paris Agreement on climate, of installing 100 GW of solar power by 2022, there could be a sharp deficit.   Domination of China - Combined with low domestic ce

13 July, 2020 Energy

Barakah nuclear power plant

Barakah nuclear power plant The Barakah nuclear power plant is the United Arab Emirates's first nuclear power station, the first nuclear power station in the Arabian Peninsula, and the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab World. It consists of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors (one operating, three mostly completed). Total capacity is 5,600 MW which is intended to supply up to 25% of UAE's energy needs.

20 August, 2020 Energy

Pipeline Network of India

Pipeline Network of India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that as part of efforts to make India a natural gas-based economy, 10,000 more CNG (compressed natural gas) stations would be opened and several lakh PNG (piped natural gas) household connections given in the coming days. Inaugurating the 450-km Kochi-Koottanad-Mangaluru LNG (liquefied natural gas), Mr. Modi said the facility was part of his government’s “one nation, one gas grid” policy. The government has

06 January, 2021 Energy

ADB to provide $231 mn loan to enhance power generation capacity in Assam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $231 million loan with the Government of India to augment electricity generation capacity in the state of Assam. This is the third tranche loan for the ‘Assam Power Sector Investment Programme’ that was approved by the ADB Board in July 2014. Under the project, 120 megawatts (MW) hydroelectric power plant would be constructed. The programme focuses on enhancing the capacit

01 January, 2021 Energy

Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020 Many States have not been able to provide quality supply, especially to rural and small electricity consumers. The enactment of consumer-centric rules does spark public debate that brings the rights of consumers to the fore. In this vein, the Rules lay an emphasis on national minimum standards for the performance parameters of electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs), without urban-rural distinction, especially for new connections, m

21 January, 2021 Energy

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