Newsletters - December 2014

Centre for Science and Environment

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Among all the renewable sources of energy, 2014 proved to be beneficial for solar energy sector. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, announced the target of 100 GW for solar power by 2022. Ambitious targets are a good sign for development of renewable energy. However rapid addition of renewable energy without proper foresights can lead to both technical and financial issues. Renewable power from wind and solar are intermittent and they need smarter grid management. There was also target floated that there would be 24x7 power for all by 2019, but can this target would be achieved through sheer feeding more power into the existing grid? The renewable energy team looked into issues like these and many more in the last few months.
Global Renewable Energy Support Programme
CSE and What Next Forum released the paper – ‘Global Renewable Energy Support Programme’ at CoP 20 in Lima, Peru. The discussion paper intends to create a globally funded payment guarantees/feed-in tariffs mechanism for electricity access through renewable sources. The paper offers a real political direction that can implement grand solutions to build locally appropriate solutions for power generation. It provides a conversation beyond the currently locked in, distrustful and non-imaginary impasse of the climate negotiations and much of international debates. The paper is available here.
December 25, 2014
Down to Earth – 2014 Rewind
India's energy prospects: Who gained how much in 2014?
Though the Modi government has been enthusiastically promoting renewable energy, not much has been talked about reducing the share of fossil fuels in the country's energy consumption
December 18, 2014
UNEP launches coalition to promote renewable energy
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the launch of a new coalition to enhance the uptake of renewable energy around the world. The initiative that was announced at UN climate conference in Lima (CoP 20), aims at reducing the effects of climate change.
December 18, 2014
Scheme for large-scale solar projects gets presidential sanction
The President of India has sanctioned the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects in the country. The scheme envisages at least 25 solar parks, each with a minimum capacity of 500 MW between 2014 and 2019. The estimated financial support for the scheme—Rs 4,050 crore—was also approved
December 12, 2014
US Africa Leaders Summit: Africa to get a $14 billion boost in energy investment
Power Africa’, an initiative of USAID to increase access to power in Sub-Saharan Africa, saw huge investment commitments in the first ever US Africa Leaders Summit that started Monday, August 4. More than 40 heads of state and government leaders all across Africa joined Barack Obama administration in Washington.
December 12, 2014
India to set up 12 nuclear plants with Russian collaboration
Energy sector could be the new bridge to the relationship between India and Russia—two countries which have decided to complete the construction and commissioning of at least 12 nuclear units in next two decades. The decision was taken during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir V Putin, in New Delhi.
December 4, 2014
Japan uses climate finance to lend $1 billion to Indonesia for dirty coal
Observers call for clear rules on climate finance to ensure money is not spent on projects that would cause climate change
December 1, 2014
India to get 25 solar parks
The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced a scheme to develop 25 solar parks across the country. The solar parks are installations of multiple solar photovoltaic modules by different firms at one set location which provides all infrastructural facilities.
November 20, 2014
Pakistan imposes stiff tax on imported solar equipment; move   likely to hit nation’s solar growth
Pakistan's new Financial Act 2014 which came into force on July 1 imposed 32.5 per cent tax on solar panel imports. They were previously exempt from the duties because of their importance in combating Pakistan’s energy crisis.
November 14, 2014
Solar, wind to comprise one-third of world energy output mix   by 2040: IEA   report
The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts tripling of renewable energy capacity by 2040. In its recently published report, “World Energy Outlook-2014”, IEA says renewables would have a 33 per cent share in the energy generation mix, making it the world’s leading source of power.
November 12, 2014
Reliance commissions 100 MW solar power plant in Rajasthan
Rajasthan Sun Technique Energy, a subsidiary of Reliance Power, has commissioned its 100 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant. The plant is the largest plant based on the linear fresnel technology.
November 11, 2014
Solar eclipse to test European electricity grids in March 2015,   says French   operator
European electricity grids will have to prepare for an almost total solar eclipse over northern Europe in March 2015, considering their increased dependence on solar power production. Grids will be required to adjust to the changes in power outputs during the eclipse, according to French power grid operator RTE.
October 27, 2014
Why climate negotiators should look at wind energy prospects
Wind power could meet 26 per cent of global electricity demand and help save 6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide annually by the end of mid-century, says latest Global Wind Energy Outlook report
October 21, 2014
Solar energy from North Africa could light up UK homes by   2018
European and North African investors are seeking funding from the UK government to help channel 2,000 megawatt (MW) of solar energy from Tunisia into Europe, according to media reports.
October 18, 2014
Wind energy kites
Google's latest venture in the field of renewable energy is a flying wind turbine or an ‘energy kite’. The project is being run by Makani Power, a US-based wind energy company which Google acquired last year
October 14, 2014
Rajasthan's new solar energy policy simplifies regulations for   investors
The government of Rajasthan has released a new solar policy, aimed at developing 25,000 MW of solar energy to attain self sufficiency. Rajasthan Solar Policy 2014 would act as an extension to Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy, 2011 and will remain in force until dismantled.
October 14, 2014
Renewables hold the key to Sub-Saharan Africa’s energy   growth, says IEA   report
As sub-Saharan Africa’s economy grows, lack of energy infrastructure in the region is hampering rapid social and economic development, says a report of the International Energy Agency, an autonomous intergovernmental organisation based in Paris.The report—Africa Energy Outlook 2014—showcases sub-Saharan energy sector and its prospects for growth in the global context.
October 8, 2014
World waking up to wind, solar energy: study
Countries prefer wind and solar over nuclear energy for producing electricity.A recent analysis has found that solar and wind energy’s share in global power production is steadily at the expense of nuclear power.
September 30, 2014
Solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century
Two reports, issued by the International Energy Agency (IEA), show how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16 per cent of the world’s electricity by 2050 while solar thermal electricity (STE) from concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide an additional 11 per cent.
September 26, 2014
More than 12 GW of solar PV projects in the pipeline in West   Asia, Africa
Solar PV projects totaling 12 giga-watts (GW) are in different stages of planning in West Asia and Africa, according to a report of NPD Solarbuzz, a market research and consulting services company that tracks all solar power-related activity in the region. The report was assimilation of information from the database of the company’s Middle East and Africa Deal Tracker - Solar Project Database.
Renewable Energy unit
Centre for Science & Environment
New Delhi
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