Deal inked for biofuel research
October 31, 2018 |
October 31, 2018
The Department of Biotechnology has signed a three-year, Rs 11 crore deal with TERI to set up a centre to produce "advanced biofuels and bio-commodities." The bio-centre would be focussed on not only developing technology but also commercialising it. Other than fuel, by-products envisaged at the TERI-DBT Centre include food, feed, nutrition supplements, bio-plastics and novelty speciality chemicals.
Big success! India has done remarkably in solar power capacity addition. Here’s how to take it to the next level
October 12, 2018
| The Financial Express
The total solar power capacity is now already 20,000 MW. What is remarkable is that this has been done through private investment and without large government subsidies. A competitive tariff-based bidding process every year for buying solar power from multiple firms through long-term contracts has been the instrument used by the Mission from the beginning. This created a competitive industry structure. Facilitated by the reduction in manufacturing costs globally of solar panels, the decline in tariffs has been amazing.
Leveraging procurement for Make in India
October 3, 2018
| Business Standard
Procurement by the government and its agencies constitutes a significant share of the market in many segments. The established systems for procurement are designed to ensure fair and competitive bidding. These are reviewed from time to time to increase transparency. However, the issue of how public procurement can be leveraged for the success of Make in India remains generally absent from public discourse. It is a fairly powerful instrument which can be used to considerable effect.
Invest kerosene subsidy savings in solar lighting: Study
August 22, 2018 |
August 22, 2018
A part of kerosene subsidy savings in India could be invested in helping the vulnerable section of society access clean lighting through off-grid solar lighting technologies, a new study has suggested. The study by International Institute for Sustainable Development and TERI explored the business model for a 'kerosene-solar subsidy swap’. It says a shift to solar lighting will reduce the need for ongoing expenditure on subsidies because any government support would help cover one-off capital costs, not consumption costs.
Weather alarms highlight need to accelerate low-carbon economy
August 12, 2018 |
August 12, 2018
India has to offer a lot of positive examples of climate ambition and clean energy development, Director-General, TERI, Dr Ajay Mathur said. The growth of renewables, the increase in energy efficiency, scaling up of electric mobility and even the recognition of linkages between air quality and climate change all demonstrate the country's climate action, Dr Mathur said. The challenges posed by climate change offer a slew of opportunities for corporate houses to take the lead.
Supplementing the grid with solar to make 'Power for All' a reality in rural India
August 7, 2018
| ET Energy World
The Union government launched the Saubhagya scheme in September 2017 to connect 40 million unelectrified households by March 2019. While the date is ambitious as such large-scale implementation will also face a number of challenges, Saubhagya should be credited with tackling many of the shortcomings of previous electrification programmes. The scheme has made provision for micro-lending for above poverty line households to meet connection costs, use of distributed solar for grid-inaccessible households, and expanding the scope of subsidy to cover wider beneficiary groups.