In the last decade installation of Small Hydro Power (SHP) has increased manifolds in the country. As of March 2013, there are around 1000 SHP plants having an installed capacity of more than 3600 MW. MNRE plans to add 2100 MW installed capacity in the 12th five year plan period.
India needs better green energy norms to offset these impacts
In the last decade renewable energy use has increased manifolds in the country. Presently, about 13% of power installed capacity and 6% of electricity comes from renewable sources. The National Action Plan for Climate Change has mandated increasing this to 15 % by 2020.
US charges that India’s National Solar Mission is discriminating against foreign solar companies
For a place in the sun How will solar energy be made to work in India? As I discussed in my previous article there are three key challenges. MORE STORIES • Look at the sun • Lighting up hearts
Centre for Science & Environment organised a discussion on the recently released draft policy document on the second phase of the national solar mission on 22 December, 2012. Representatives from the industry, NGOs and state government attended the discussion.
By: Chandra Bhushan Two consecutive days of grid collapse has left almost half of India’s population without power.
The United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the US Exim Bank have evaded any response to the central contention of the recent release from Centre for Science and Environment (http://www.cseindia.org/content/us-using-climate-finance-kill-indian-solar-panel-industry-cse ). Both have chosen to remain silent on use of climate ‘fast start financing’ to give subsidised loans to Indian project developers who buy equipment from US producers, thus undermining the Indian domestic manufacturing industry.
Renewable energy programme in CSE, from its inception, being focused on addressing Decentralized development. Traditionally, the focus of the programme was on improving energy access through renewable energy sources, while accommodating for environmental and social externalities. While CSE continues to pursue this, the overarching objective of the programme is now expanded to mainstream renewable energy in decarbonizing the power sector. CSE’s efforts are thus dedicated to ensuring development and implementation of sound renewable energy policies and programmes at national and local government level that lead to large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies in various sectors of the economy, to meet the twin objective of combating climate change on one hand and energy security, on the other. .