The Inflection Point in the Energy Story

14 Oct 2017 |
Mr Amit Kumar

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.

A case for continued support for green energy

19 Sep 2017 |
| Mint

Going by recent reports, it appears that the Union government is contemplating withdrawing all kind of incentives that are being provided to renewables-based electricity by 2022. It is said that there will not be any targeting of renewable energy after 2020 (presumably no renewable purchase obligations, or RPOs, after 2022). Moreover, the draft National Energy Policy 2017 proposes gradual withdrawal of the provision of “must run” status and other support such as non-levy of interstate transmission charges.

World Ozone Day '17: India reaffirms commitment to climate

16 Sep 2017 |
Mr Karan Mangotra
| NRDC Blog

In October 2016, exactly 11 months ago, more than 190 countries came together in a historic global agreement to safeguard the environment. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Treaty—celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017—brought nations together under a commitment to phase down potent heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) gases. Phasing down HFCs could help avoid 0.5°C more global warming by the turn of the century—the single biggest step to limit warming to under 2°C under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Innovation in solar panels, batteries, EVs may not have big impact, but here is what makes them disruptive

12 Sep 2017 |
| The Financial Express

Globally, innovations and start-ups are challenging and disrupting the business-as-usual approaches. Post the Paris Agreement in 2016, the global economy is rapidly moving towards cleaner energy options for sustainable development. In his book 'Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation,' author, thought leader and serial entrepreneur Tony Seba emphasises that currently three innovation-driven trends are transforming the world—exponentially falling prices of solar panels, sharp improvement in performance of batteries, and the rising demand for electric vehicles.

Darkness will be ostracized

04 Sep 2017 |

"Kehdo andhere se kahin aur ghar bana le, mere mulk mein roshni ka sailaab aaya hai" - Shri Piyush Goyal

Image credits: Lighting a Billion Lives


After leading green energy revolution, why India must power-up solar waste management

21 Aug 2017 |
| The Financial Express

Growing population and a rapidly rising demand for electricity in both rural and urban areas, and across sectors, has put an extreme pressure on the ecology. With one of the lowest per-capita electricity consumption and one of the largest solar generation targets, India is paving the way forward to bring sustainable and clean electricity to millions. The tropical country has a vision of reducing its emissions intensity by enhancing the share of renewables in its energy mix. The real thrust on clean energy came with the launch of the National Solar Mission in 2010.

Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation: gendered impacts of intervention

18 Aug 2017 |
| Relief Web

"Researchers assess the gendered perceptions of technology impact"

Underground Taming of Floods for Irrigation (UTFI) is a new technology that is being piloted in Jiwai Jadid village of Ramganga sub-basin in Uttar Pradesh. This new technology involves diverting high water flows from rivers or canals when prone to flood risk and recharging the groundwater via village ponds or small dams that are modified for this purpose.

Youth Day: Bridging breach between education and employability

12 Aug 2017 |

On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) to declare August 12 as the International Youth Day, dedicated to celebrating young people's contributions to conflict prevention and transformation as well as inclusion, social justice, and sustainable peace.