Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded

16 Nov 2017 | Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma | The Financial Express

Every year, the onset of winter in Delhi unfailingly brings to the fore the burning of paddy residue in Punjab and Haryana, given the practice contributes significantly to the national capital's air pollution woes, with severe consequences for public health. According to an IIT study, 17% of the PM 10 load and 26% of the PM 2.5 load in October-November in Delhi can be attributed to post-monsoon crop residue burning in these states.

Bad air isn’t just a Delhi problem, a lot more than ‘odd-even’ is needed..

15 Nov 2017 | Mr Nitya Nanda | Asian Age

With the quality of Delhi's air has again reached critical levels with severe pollution, alarm bells have gone off, and the Delhi government announced it would bring back the "odd-even" scheme, that seems to be turning into an annual ritual. (The plan has been temporarily kept on hold after the National Green Tribunal directed that most of the exemptions be withdrawn, after which the Delhi government suspended its order.) The fact that the second edition of the "odd-even" scheme didn't bring any reduction in air pollution is something to be noted.

Universal electricity access in India: Leveraging modern information technology solutions

13 Nov 2017 | | The Practitioner Hub For Inclusive Business


Almost all census villages in India are on the verge of achieving victory over darkness. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) - the flagship program for rural electrification is under implementation in the less than 3000 inhabited census villages that are currently un-electrified.

What makes the Bonn meet on climate critical

08 Nov 2017 | Dr Ajay Mathur | Hindustan Times

India played a leading role at the Paris climate negotiations, and emerged as a prominent, constructive and responsible country in global discussions and actions to address climate change. We were able to work with the rest of the world in defining a regime that aligned our national goals of enabling adequate and affordable energy for all with the global goal of mitigating global carbon emissions.

District Mineral Foundations: Fetching a Good Deal for Mining-Affected Communities?

01 Nov 2017 | | Terra Green

The major mineral-rich states in India, such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha, have nearly 40 per cent of the population living below the poverty line, much higher than the national average of 21.9 per cent (Planning Commission 2011/12). Affected communities have borne the brunt of large-scale displacement and suffer other negative consequences, such as break-up of the society, health, and economic costs, for which they were never adequately compensated.

Access to clean cooking: Is there a business case

27 Oct 2017 | Mr Amit Kumar | TERI

Providing clean energy for cooking or clean cooking device to millions of people is a big challenge. World over about 2.8 billion people still rely on biomass, coal and kerosene for cooking. Recently launched IEA's 'Energy Access Outlook' report said that unlike electricity, improved access to clean cooking facilities remains elusive. More than anything else, it has a large health implication, especially for women and children, on account of indoor air pollution. And of course there is an associated issue of drudgery as well.

Is cheaper clean energy sustainable?

25 Oct 2017 | | Deccan Herald

India is presently undertaking the world's largest renewable energy expansion programme and therefore is poised for an energy transition from conventional to renewable-based system with the opening of new business and employment opportunities. This has resulted in a significant fall in solar and wind tariff.

The Inflection Point in the Energy Story

14 Oct 2017 | Mr Amit Kumar | TERI

The industrial revolution of mid-Eighteenth century was a result of an energy revolution. A revolution that was made possible on account of advent of steam engines that were powered by coal. And there was no looking back thereafter. Of course over a period of time, coal got supplemented by other forms of fossil fuels such as oil and gas, and nuclear. The story would have continued along the predictable lines but for an unforeseen global event: the first oil crisis or 'oil shock' of early seventies, resulting in untamed inflation all around.

Use of Information and Market based Instruments for enhancing Energy Efficiency in the Indian residential sector

01 Oct 2017 | | Energetica

Residential electricity consumption has gone up by 50 times since 1971. Currently the residential sector consumes 24% of the total electricity consumption of India, making it second largest next to industry in terms of electricity consumption in India. Further consumption demand is expected to grow even further on account of rapid electrification, increasing household purchasing power and technology advancement. The earlier Planning Commission report estimated how different appliances contribute to the total annual residential electricity consumption in India.

The problem with energy efficiency

24 Sep 2017 | | The Pioneer

Residential electricity consumption in India has gone up by 50 times since 1971. Currently, this sector accounts for 24 per cent of the total consumption. Demand is further expected to grow on account of rapid electrification, increasing household purchasing power and technology advancement. The 2014 Planning Commission report estimated how different appliances contribute to the total annual residential electricity consumption. In this sector, lighting and cooling requirements constitute 75 per cent of the total electricity consumption.