Here’s a round-up of today’s news reports and debates on energy
A new R&D lab to help small hydropower projects
Electric car makers to hit a massive roadblock: Report
Centre launches e-Mobility Programme; 10,000 e-vehicles to be procured this year
India, France to partner in solar alliance
The International Solar Alliance aims to deploy 1,000 GW of solar installations globally by 2030, for which it projects the need for US $1 trillion in funds
Rural penetration of Ujjwala improves, remote areas still remain a problem
LPG connection target raised from 50 million households to 80 million
Moving from monopoly to competition, Centre opens up coal mining to private sector
The decision will increase competitiveness and allow the use of best possible technology into the sector
Solar dispute: US blocks request for WTO panel but India confident of policy compliance
Canada, EU support India’s bid for setting up of the panel and settling the dispute
Growing appetite for charcoal destroying Nigeria's tropical forests
The top producer of crude oil in Africa is exporting cheaply made charcoal to the world, especially EU, which is often labelled incorrectly as 'sustainably cultivated'
Why did US impose 30 per cent import tax on solar?
This is just another tactic to ensure that renewable energy does not take lead in the power sector
Is the government's Ujjwala target achievable?
The ambit of the Ujjwala scheme is to be increased from five crore to eight crore beneficiaries
Is SECI offering too much support to slowing solar sector?
Transformation of Solar Energy Corporation of India from a unit that manages distribution of solar subsidies into a trader of solar power can be risky for the stability of the sector
Are Lithium-ion batteries too pricey for India’s renewable market?
Currently, it is the more exorbitant option and there are reasons to question economic sense of using Li-ion technology
Kashmir has about 200,000 LPG-fitted vehicles, but not a single authorised filling station
Due to the unavailability of LPG filling stations, the owners of LPG-fitted vehicles have resorted to illegal means to refill their cars
How coal plants will avoid complying with new emission norms
An analysis by non-profit Centre for Science and Environment finds active help from the Ministry of Power and Central Electricity Authority
26 killed, 100 injured in Raebareli NTPC plant blast
NTPC, which is a public sector undertaking of the government, has ordered a detailed probe in the incident
Wind power auction sees low bid of Rs 2.64 per unit
Fall solar tariffs was due to a steep decline in module prices and government guaranteeing transmission of power from solar plants. But, why are tariffs for the wind sector declining?
US proposes to subsidise coal and nuclear power plants, calls them ‘reliable’
The proposed rulemaking is meant to subsidise and salvage coal power plants at the cost of renewable energy sector
Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers
In coming decades, price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable
Biofuel breakthroughs bring 'negative emissions' a step closer
The right kind of algae can be converted to biofuel, and there are potential side benefits for carbon capture
India is unlikely to reach its rooftop solar power generation target of 40 GW by 2022
The potential for rooftop solar photovoltaic cells in urban settlements can be met if states and Union territories integrate the Centre’s policies into their building by-laws
Solar tariffs are constantly going down and that may not be good news
Dipping at an alarming rate, India's solar tariffs recently reached an all-time low of Rs 2.44 per unit. Will it hurt the renewable sector?
Nuclear's unclear leap
Is India's failure to bag foreign reactors the real reason behind its announcement to set up 10 nuclear plants on its own?
Dust, particulate matter in air reducing solar energy output by 25 per cent: study
The regions that are hit the hardest are also the regions that have invested the most in solar energy installation
Demand for coal falls in 2016; US and China drive decline
In 2016, global consumption of coal declined by 53 million tonnes or 1.7 per cent