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December 15, 2012

Connecting every village to the grid is a tall order. The answer to the country’s energy poverty could lie in decentralised solar

February 15, 2012

How a major conglomerate subverted rules to acquire a stake in the solar mission much larger than allowed legally. Like the big telecom players in the 2G scam, a company called LANCO Infratech set up front companies that bid for solar power projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission

November 15, 2011

Natural gas is a clean fuel but shortages and high prices may snuff out its potential

June 15, 2010

India has set an ambitious target of producing 22,000 MW solar power by 2022. What does this mean for a country currently generating 8-12 MW solar power? A look at the technology, cost and operational challenges

May 15, 2010

A Consumer movement is catching on in Nepal.Communities are extending the grid to villages.This threatens to undo the effort put in small-scale off-grid power generation to fight poverty. How can Nepal harmonize the two initiatives ?

March 31, 2010

Be it crop residue or unintended green cover, biomass has several uses in India. Now government is promoting it for power generation. This is increasing fodder prices. A look at the biomass economy

October 15, 2009

India is aggressively shopping for nuclear fuel and technology to ramp up its energy production. What does it mean in terms of cost, technology and safety?

June 15, 2009

Sugar mills in India are doubling up as power generators by burning crushed sugarcane or bagasse. But with the price of bagasse rising, their profit margins have begun to shrink. Can India keep it going?

January 31, 2009

See the light CFL is becoming popular in India with a little help from government schemes. But its wide-scale use requires regulation

August 15, 2008

Maharashtra shows that when incentives for wind energy are based on investment, not power generation, they give a fillip to moneymaking rather than clean energy

February 15, 2007

India is a hot destination for international carmakers. But the Indian auto market is completely oblivious of international fuel efficiency standards. What does the country's auto boom augur?

November 30, 2005

It isn't just in the oil rigs. An important component of energy security is in the marginal fields of India, where biodiesel plants can be grown to make money for the rural poor. Pipe dream?

August 15, 2004

On its golden anniversary nuclear power decides to shed its associations with destruction and violence and reinvent itself as a clean and reliable energy resource. Is it biting off more than it can chew?

June 15, 2004

Governments can rush into renewables, if they wish. But when it comes to a global compact on such energies — one such is expexted at Bonn, Germany — will poorer nations really profit?

April 30, 2004
October 31, 2002

At the bottom of most international conflicts lies oil. When fossil fools run for energy security, they drill a hole through the idea of global security. Down To Earth drops a plumbline to measure the depth of the emerging crisis

April 30, 2002

India lags far behind in meeting its renewable energy targets. Will the dream of producing 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2012 see the light of day?

November 30, 2000

Nepal has decentralised power generation. A lesson for India

October 15, 2000

Transport strikes over high oil prices paralyse Europe. It is time to re-examine fossil fuel-centred energy policies

July 31, 2000

The future of clean energy

June 30, 1999

Despite a promising start, the wind energy sector in India has failed to pick up momentum

February 15, 1995

These are the days of frenetic crossborder data networking. Electronic cilia have crawled into almost every nook in the world where information could be waiting to be tapped or inserted. Access to a gigantic, and growing, well of information is a few keyboard jabs away -- except from shambling India

October 15, 1994

A recent, innocuous check-and-tally exercise by the Delhi administration unearthed a giant racket diverting to the transport sector heavily-subsidised kerosene meant for domestic consumption

July 31, 1994

A high-tech power station foreign companies are building in Maharashtra is being touted as the "perfect solution" to its anticipated electricity shortfall. The mystery is that the agreement and the environment impact assessment are under wraps

May 15, 1993

The nonconventional energy sector is seen as the mainstay of the nation's future power requirements and is all set for major expansion, following a significant infusion of funds.

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