On path to renewable power, India seeks Israeli assistance
Sailesh
October 19th, 2012
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Tel Aviv: India has sought Israel's expertise in renewable energy sector to meet its ambitious target of 30,000 megawatts of power in the next five years.

"India is a very vast country and like all vast countries has very vast problems. Energy is one of the most crucial issues which we feel can do wonders to our growth.
When you look at the fact that 40 per cent of the population in India doesn't have access to energy, we think it is a situation we need to immediately correct," said Gireesh Pradhan, the Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
Quoting from one of the recent statements made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in setting up the goal of providing access to energy to all at the earliest, Pradhan said, "I look up at renewable energy as of great importance".
"We feel that the rapid spread and promotion of renewable energy would address

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Efficient way to turn waste into resource
shivanshtyagi
October 18th, 2012
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A staggering amount of waste is generated every day in every town and city, and the local bodies are grappling with logistics for its disposal. The problem arises as the government and individuals fail to see waste as a potential source of energy and agricultural input in the form of manure. The Bangalore Corporation, which recently made waste segregation mandatory at the household level, is showing the way for the rest of India. It is setting up 12 Nisargruna biogas plants across the city to convert biodegradable waste into methane and organic manure. The Nisargruna biogas plant is based on technology developed by the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Such plants are being constructed at local levels too. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is planning to construct 4 tonnes a day capacity biodegradable waste conversion plant at its sprawling centre at Siruseri IT Park near Chennai. It already has similar plants operating at

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Abdullah meets delegations from Bulgaria, Germany
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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India today said it is working closely with countries like Germany and Bulgaria to boost its renewable energy sector. New and Renewal Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah, who met high-level delegations from Bulgaria and Germany here, said the cooperation with both the countries in the field of renewable energy will help each other tap this resource for the overall benefit of all. "Bulgaria and India need energy and for that renewable energy is the important sector. We are working closely with them (Bulgaria) to see how we can further assist each other in this area," Abdullah told reporters after meeting a Bulgarian delegation led by its Energy Minister Delyan Dobrev. Continue

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Ministry agrees to power-island Delhi
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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The Union Power Ministry has accepted the Delhi government’s proposal for setting up a power islanding system to insulate parts of city’s essential services from a grid failure. Details of the project were being worked out. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is expected to meet Union Power Minister Veerappa Moily later this week. Dikshit told Newsline: “I have been informed by the Power Secretary that they have accepted the proposal for power islanding of some parts of Delhi. For now, there will be two stations, which will operate in the eventuality of a power failure, through our own power plants.” She said she would meet Moily soon to finalise the project. Delhi government officials said they had proposed four stations, which would cover the entire city, but the Centre cleared only two. Continue

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R-Power’s Sasan project under Exim Bank lens
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 18th, 2012
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The US Export-Import (Exim) Bank is inquiring into construction safety, community resettlement and greenhouse gas emissions from Reliance Power Ltd’s Sasan power project after concerns were raised by local residents and environmental groups such as the Sierra Club. The bank had authorized $917 million (around Rs.4,869 crore today) in financing in October 2010 for the 3,960 megawatts (MW) Sasan project being built in Madhya Pradesh, but the amount was subsequently reduced to $650 million. While the transaction has been authorized, it is not yet operative, according to the bank. Continue

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