Energy efficiency needs behavioral change: Study

Synopsis: A study in Bangalore found that to improve Energy efficiency we need to improve behavioural change and start shifting towards energy-efficient appliances. Introduction: Recently, a study in Bengaluru examined the usage of thermal comfort services like space cooling and water heating and their impact on energy efficiency. The study highlighted the need for efficient appliances… Continue reading Energy efficiency needs behavioral change: Study

Problems with discoms need radical reforms

  Synopsis: To completely recover from problems with Discoms , India needs radical reforms in the Power sector. Financial aid packages from Centre to Discoms forms only a part of a solution. Background For long, the scenario has been that the Centre has to step in to aid Discoms and tackle the problems plaguing the… Continue reading Problems with discoms need radical reforms

Energy Efficient homes are key to low Carbon Economy  

Synopsis: The demand for cooling appliances is bound to grow in the future to keep citizens healthy and productive. Thus, Energy Efficient homes will be the key to make India a low carbon economy. Background: In the last three decades, India experienced 660 heat waves which caused 12,273 deaths. These intense heat waves are expected… Continue reading Energy Efficient homes are key to low Carbon Economy  

Ethanol Blending of Petrol and its challenges: Explained, pointwise

Introduction Recently the Prime Minister announced to prepone the 20% ethanol blending of petrol to 2025. The government has also identified 11 sectors that can leverage resources by recycling them through modern technology. Earlier, the government has set targets of 10% bioethanol blending of petrol by 2022 and to raise it to 20% by 2030 under the Ethanol Blended Programme (EBP). By the recent… Continue reading Ethanol Blending of Petrol and its challenges: Explained, pointwise

IEA releases “World Energy Investment Report 2021”

What is the News? The International Energy Agency(IEA) has released the World Energy Investment Report 2021. About the World Energy Investment Report 2021: The report presents the latest data and analysis of how energy investment flows are recovering from the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes full-year outlook estimates for 2021.  Key Findings of… Continue reading IEA releases “World Energy Investment Report 2021”

National Mission on Use of Biomass in Thermal Power plants

What is the News? The Ministry of Power has decided to set up a National Mission on the use of Biomass in thermal power plants. About National Mission on the use of Biomass in thermal power plants: Aim of the mission: It aims to address the issue of air pollution by farm-stubble burning. Further, it… Continue reading National Mission on Use of Biomass in Thermal Power plants

IREDA bags “Green Urja Award”

What is the News? Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency(IREDA) has been conferred with “Green Urja Award”. About Green Urja Award: The Indian Chamber of Commerce(ICC) has launched the Green Urja Award . ICC was founded in 1925. It is a premier body of business and industry in Eastern and North-Eastern India. The award has been… Continue reading IREDA bags “Green Urja Award”

India’s Oil Imports From OPEC Down To 20-Year Low

What is the News? The share of India’s oil imports from OPEC countries dropped to its lowest in at least 20 years in the fiscal year ending March 2021. India’s Oil Imports: India’s overall oil imports fell by nearly 12% in the Fiscal Year 2021 compared to the previous fiscal year. Of all those imports,… Continue reading India’s Oil Imports From OPEC Down To 20-Year Low

Natural Gas Can be India’s Alternative Road to Clean Energy

Synopsis: India should not solely focus on the end goal of decarbonisation. First it must try to ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy bag by increasing the share of natural gas. Introduction  Policymakers, climate diplomats, academicians, corporates, and NGOs are currently focussed on the concept of net-zero carbon emissions. Also, they are looking for the suitable… Continue reading Natural Gas Can be India’s Alternative Road to Clean Energy

Green Hydrogen – The Fuel of the Future

Synopsis – Green hydrogen is becoming a new alternative to fossil fuel. Currently, many countries are taking steps to move towards a hydrogen economy. Introduction- Hydrogen is an energy carrier. It is converted into electricity by fuel cells, which generate electricity by mixing hydrogen and oxygen atoms. It will play an important role in delivering… Continue reading Green Hydrogen – The Fuel of the Future

WEF Releases “Energy Transition Index 2021”

What is the News? The World Economic Forum(WEF) has released the Energy Transition Index, 2021. About Energy Transition Index(ETI), 2021: Energy Transition Index is an annual report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). It prepares the report in collaboration with Accenture. Purpose: The ranking aims to enable policy-makers and businesses to plan for a successful… Continue reading WEF Releases “Energy Transition Index 2021”

National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM)

Synopsis – Challenges and suggestion to enhance the commercial-scale operation of green hydrogen in India. National Hydrogen Energy Mission NHEM- Indian prepares to launch the National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM). The global target is to produce 1.45 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2023. India currently consumes approximately 5.5 million tonnes of hydrogen, which is… Continue reading National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM)

Challenges Posed by Phasing Out Coal Use in India

Synopsis: India is considering a proposal to adopt a net-zero emission target. This demands a Phasing out coal use which would pose numerous challenges.  Background: The UN has urged wealthy nations to end Phasing Out Coal use by 2030.  Similarly, a private member bill was introduced in Lok Sabha in March 2021. The bill aims to… Continue reading Challenges Posed by Phasing Out Coal Use in India

Phasing Out Coal in India – Explained, Pointwise

Introduction Coal is the largest source of electricity in the world. Recently, the UN Secretary-General urged wealthy nations to end coal use by 2030. But, about 30% of the primary energy supply of the G20 countries depends on coal. Further, only a negligible decrease in coal use(0.9%) is observed between 2012 and 2017 in G20… Continue reading Phasing Out Coal in India – Explained, Pointwise

Niti Aayog launches Version 2.0 of “India Energy Dashboards”

What is the News? Niti Aayog launches the India Energy Dashboards Version 2.0. Version 1.0 of the Dashboard was launched in May 2017. About India Energy Dashboards: India Energy Dashboards(IED) aims to provide single-window access to the energy data for the country. Purpose: The dashboard compiles Energy data published/provided by various sources. Like the Central… Continue reading Niti Aayog launches Version 2.0 of “India Energy Dashboards”

Global Wind Report 2021

What is the News? The Global Wind Energy Council(GWEC) has released the Global Wind Report,2021. About Global Wind Report: The Global Wind Report highlights the role of wind power on the road to net-zero emissions. Key Findings of the report: Firstly, Wind Energy: The world’s capacity to generate electricity from wind jumped 53% in 2020.… Continue reading Global Wind Report 2021

Cost and Benefits of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project in Australia

Synopsis – Adani is making one of the world’s largest new coal investments in the Carmichael coal mine project in Queensland. This article analyzes the Costs and Benefits of the Project. Introduction- New investment in coal will be a major factor if India is not able to meet its commitment against Climate Change. Recently the… Continue reading Cost and Benefits of Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project in Australia

POWERGRID Launches E-Tendering Portal “PRANIT”

What is the News? Power Grid Corporation of India Limited(POWERGRID) launched a portal named “PRANIT”. About PRANIT Portal: PRANIT is an e-Tendering Portal. It aims to make the tendering process more transparent through less paperwork and ease of operation. Significance: The portal is certified by Standardisation, Testing and Quality Certification Directorate(STQC), Ministry of Electronics and… Continue reading POWERGRID Launches E-Tendering Portal “PRANIT”

Power Minister Launches “Energy Efficiency Enterprise(E3) Certifications Scheme”

What is the news? Minister for Power launches the “Energy Efficiency Enterprise(E3) Certifications Programme” for the Brick manufacturing Sector. About Energy Efficiency Enterprise(E3) Certification Programme: Energy Efficiency Enterprise(E3) is a certification scheme. It aims to recognise burnt clay brick manufacturers for adopting energy-efficient manufacturing. Furthermore, it encourages customers to source bricks from such E3 certified… Continue reading Power Minister Launches “Energy Efficiency Enterprise(E3) Certifications Scheme”

‘Mobilising Electric Vehicle Financing in India’ – A report of NITI Aayog

What is the News? NITI Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute(RMI) India jointly releases a new report titled ‘Mobilising Electric Vehicle Financing in India’. Purpose of the Mobilising Electric Vehicle Financing in India report: The report highlights the role of finance in India’s transition to electric vehicles(EVs). Further, the report also identifies solutions for capital and… Continue reading ‘Mobilising Electric Vehicle Financing in India’ – A report of NITI Aayog

Issues in the Process of Decarbonization

Synopsis- Grid failure in Texas and flash flood in Uttarakhand highlighted the issues in the process of decarbonization. Introduction Almost every major country has agreed to a time-bound, “net-zero” carbon emissions target. They are also in agreement over the steps required for decarbonization. However, it is not sufficient to just set the targets. There are… Continue reading Issues in the Process of Decarbonization

How to become Petroleum Independent?

Synopsis: India first needs to manage the demand for petroleum Independent products, before expanding and diversifying the energy supply. How government can reduce dependence on petroleum? There are many things that the government can and should do to reduce dependence on petroleum. Firstly, the government should introduce a zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) programme. It requires all… Continue reading How to become Petroleum Independent?

Saksham campaign and the importance of fuel conservation – Explained Pointwise

Introduction Recently, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas launched the month-long fuel conservation awareness campaign Saksham. Fuel conservation has become highly important in the present scenario. On the one hand, the petrol prices are for the first time, touching Rs. 100. On the other hand, India’s oil imports are expected to rise to 90%… Continue reading Saksham campaign and the importance of fuel conservation – Explained Pointwise

What are findings of “India Energy Outlook 2021”?

What is the News? International Energy Agency(IEA) releases the India Energy Outlook 2021 Report. About the India Energy Outlook 2021 This report aims to ensure reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy for a growing population. It explores the opportunities and challenges ahead for India. It examines the long-term impacts of the pandemic on India’s energy supply,… Continue reading What are findings of “India Energy Outlook 2021”?

Clean energy is the key to COVID-19 recovery

Synopsis – United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report shows that energy demand reductions mainly impacted fossil fuels. But Renewable energy development continued to grow throughout 2020. This shows that clean energy is key to the COVID-19 recovery, not fossil fuels. Introduction- UN-ESCAP released the Regional Trends Report, 2021.… Continue reading Clean energy is the key to COVID-19 recovery

Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry launches “SAKSHAM campaign”

What is the News? The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has launched a month-long mass awareness campaign ‘SAKSHAM’. About Saksham Campaign: Saksham is a fuel conservation campaign. Petroleum Conservation Research Association(PCRA) organized it. Aim: It will sensitize the masses about conservation and efficient use of petroleum products which will lead towards better health and… Continue reading Petroleum & Natural Gas Ministry launches “SAKSHAM campaign”

Why prices of Petrol and Diesel are rising?

Synopsis: Retail prices of petrol and diesel have reached record highs in India. One major reason is a heavy tax on Petrol and diesel in India. Introduction  The price of petrol is touching Rs 89 per litre in Delhi and diesel reaching Rs 86.30 per litre in Mumbai. The government states that the reason behind… Continue reading Why prices of Petrol and Diesel are rising?

Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project

What is the News? The rescue operations are still undergoing in Uttarakhand from a Tapovam tunnel located at the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydro project.  Facts: Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Plant is a 520 MW run-of-river hydroelectric project(See image). It was constructed by National Thermal Power Corporation Limited(NTPC) on Dhauliganga River in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The power plant… Continue reading Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project

Green Energy Initiatives in Budget 2021- Explained

Green energy initiatives are one of the most focused sectors in Budget 2021. India is already the 4th largest country in terms of total Renewable Energy installed capacity in the world. With the help of budgetary allocation and private participation, India has all the chances to be a global leader in green energy. But it… Continue reading Green Energy Initiatives in Budget 2021- Explained

Initiatives to promote “Ethanol as an alternate fuel”

What is the News? Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas has informed Lok Sabha about the initiatives taken to promote ethanol as an alternate fuel. Ethanol: Ethanol or ethyl alcohol is a liquid that has several uses. At 95% purity, it is called rectified spirit and is used as the intoxicating ingredient in alcoholic… Continue reading Initiatives to promote “Ethanol as an alternate fuel”

“Reform-based and result-linked scheme” to revive discoms

Why in News? The Finance Minister proposed a plan to revive discoms. It will include a reform-based and result-linked scheme for electricity distribution companies(discoms). The Minister also announced a framework to provide electricity consumers, an option to choose from among more than one distribution company. This will end the monopoly of discoms and promote competition… Continue reading “Reform-based and result-linked scheme” to revive discoms

A comparison of CBG (Compressed Bio Gas) and CNG

Why in News? Verbio AG, a German company is setting up compressed biogas(CBG) plant in  Bhutal Kalan village in Punjab. Increasing CBG production is much more beneficial compared to the Production of CNG. Facts: Compressed Biogas(CBG): It is a purified form of biogas. It can be produced from waste including municipal solid waste, sludge from… Continue reading A comparison of CBG (Compressed Bio Gas) and CNG

Ensuring accountability in the new Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

Synopsis: the consumer protection rules will not guarantee better power supply quality without strong accountability provisions.  Background  Many states in India are not able to provide a quality supply of electricity, specifically to rural and small consumers.  To resolve this issue, recently, the Union Ministry of Power has promulgated the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020. The rules provide the consumer with the rights… Continue reading Ensuring accountability in the new Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

Only discoms are allowed to install solar plants under Grid-connected Roof top Solar Scheme: Centre

News: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has cautioned consumers against rooftop solar companies that are claiming to be authorised vendors for the implementation of the Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme. The scheme is being implemented only by power distribution companies(DISCOMS). Facts: Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme(Phase-II): The scheme aims to generate solar power by installing solar… Continue reading Only discoms are allowed to install solar plants under Grid-connected Roof top Solar Scheme: Centre

Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme

News: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has cautioned consumers against rooftop solar companies that are claiming to be authorised vendors for the implementation of the Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme. The scheme is being implemented only by power distribution companies(DISCOMS). Facts: Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme(Phase-II): The scheme aims to generate solar power by installing solar… Continue reading Grid-connected Rooftop Solar Scheme

BEE Launches SAATHEE Portal to Track State Energy Efficiency Targets

News: Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) has launched SATHEE Portal and Standards and Labelling Programme for Air Compressors and Ultra High Definition(UHD) TV during the 30th National Energy Conservation Awards(NECA). Facts: SATHEE Portal: SAATHEE stands for State-wise Actions on Annual Targets and Headways on Energy Efficiency. Purpose: It is a Management Information System (MIS) portal which will facilitate real-time… Continue reading BEE Launches SAATHEE Portal to Track State Energy Efficiency Targets

National Energy Conservation awards 2020

News:  Indian Railways has bagged 13 awards at the ‘National Energy Conservation awards 2020’. Facts: National Energy Conservation Awards: The awards are organised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power. Instituted in: The awards were given for the first time on 14th December, 1991 which is celebrated as National Energy Conservation Day throughout the country. Objective: These Awards… Continue reading National Energy Conservation awards 2020

Government launches Single Window Clearance Portal of Ministry of Coal

News: Union Home Minister has launched a Single Window Clearance Portal of the Ministry of Coal. Facts: Single Window Clearance Portal: The portal aims to allow successful bidders for coal blocks to be able to obtain all required clearances, including environmental and forest clearances, from a single portal with progress monitoring, instead of having to go to… Continue reading Government launches Single Window Clearance Portal of Ministry of Coal

Efforts to increase Electric mobility in India

Synopsis: Significance of shifting towards electric vehicles for India and how the government has actively facilitated this process What are the significances of shifting to electric vehicles for India?  Transition to electric vehicles is important for India as not only it will save public money but also the environment.  The progression to electric vehicles will make India… Continue reading Efforts to increase Electric mobility in India

World’s largest floating solar energy project in Omkareshwar Dam

News: The Government of India has announced the construction of the World’s largest floating solar energy project. Facts: Floating Solar Energy Project: The world’s largest floating 600 MW solar energy project is to be constructed at Omkareshwar dam on Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. Funding: The International Finance Corporation, World Bank and Power Grid have… Continue reading World’s largest floating solar energy project in Omkareshwar Dam

Prime Minister inaugurates Kochi-Mangalore natural gas pipeline

News: Prime Minister of India has inaugurated the Kochi-Mangalore LNG (liquified natural gas) pipeline. Facts: Kochi-Mangalore Gas Pipeline: It is a 450 km long pipeline being built by GAIL (India) Ltd. Purpose: It will carry natural gas from the Liquefied Natural Gas(LNG) Regasification Terminal at Kochi (Kerala) to Mangalore (Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka). Pass through:… Continue reading Prime Minister inaugurates Kochi-Mangalore natural gas pipeline

Increasing energy efficiency among consumers

Synopsis: Recently released electricity rules should also focus on the problem faced by DIscoms that can be sorted out by increasing energy efficiency. Introduction Recently published Electricity Rules, 2020 lay down uniform performance standards for discoms and makes them liable to consumer compensation in case of violations of their rights. Rules have been framed keeping in… Continue reading Increasing energy efficiency among consumers

Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

Indian Electricity Rules Source: PIB News: Union Government has for the first time laid down Rights to the Electricity Consumers through “Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020”. Facts: The Ministry of Power framed the proposed rules under Section 176 of the Electricity Act 2003. Objective: To empower consumers with rights that would allow them to access continuous… Continue reading Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules, 2020

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North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project

Source: PIB News: Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) for the North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP). Facts: NERPSIP Scheme: The Scheme was initially approved in 2014 as a Central Sector Plan Scheme of the Ministry of Power. Funding: The scheme is being funded with the assistance of the… Continue reading North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project

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Transport Ministry invites comments for introducing adoption of E20 fuel

Source: Click here News: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published a notification seeking comments from the public for adoption of E20 fuel to promote green fuel like ethanol. Facts: E20 Fuel: It means blending 20% of ethanol with gasoline as an automotive fuel. Significance: The blending will help in reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, hydrocarbons and… Continue reading Transport Ministry invites comments for introducing adoption of E20 fuel

Coal sector reforms to reduce CO2 emissions

News: Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has conducted a webinar titled “Reducing CO2 footprints of India’s coal-based power sector”. Facts: Coal Sector: Coal Sector Emissions: India’s coal-based thermal power sector is one of the country’s biggest emitters of CO2.It emits 1.1 giga-tonne of CO2 every year; this is 2.5% of global GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions,… Continue reading Coal sector reforms to reduce CO2 emissions

USD 60 billion investment coming in gas infrastructure: Union Minister

Source: Click here News: The Union Minister has said that India is investing over USD 60 billion in developing a Natural gas supply and distribution infrastructure. Facts: Natural gas: It is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane.It is formed when layers of decomposing plant and animal matter are exposed to intense heat… Continue reading USD 60 billion investment coming in gas infrastructure: Union Minister

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Qrious Project: Why petrol price is increasing in India? How and why should India achieve “End of oil-age”?

Adding to the already high stress on the economy due to technical recession and inflation, OIL MARKETING companies have hiked the prices of petrol and diesel by over Rs. 2 and by nearly Rs. 3.50, respectively, since November 19, after a period of 59 days when prices were held static.  But why the petrol price… Continue reading Qrious Project: Why petrol price is increasing in India? How and why should India achieve “End of oil-age”?

A new roadmap for end of oil age

Context: The latest book The New road Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations, provides some pointers on how should India navigate future energy transitions. Explain the key pointers on navigating future energy transitions. Future pathway: It pulls together the transformative occurrences and technologies that have shaped the energy world in recent years into… Continue reading A new roadmap for end of oil age

Energy Efficiency Report 2020

Source: Click here News: International Energy Agency(IEA) has released the annual Energy Efficiency Report 2020. Facts: Key Takeaways: The slow pace of global progress on energy efficiency is set to slow further in 2020 as a result of the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. Global primary energy intensity – a key indicator of how efficiently the… Continue reading Energy Efficiency Report 2020