“How Delhi is leading the charge in electric vehicle adoption”

News– Electric Vehicle Penetration in Delhi has reached 9 percent as against the national average of 1.6 percent, making Delhi leading state in India in EV penetration. This anomaly exists despite the countrywide launch of FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of E-vehicles) Scheme by the central government.   How Electric vehicle adoption may help Delhi and Country to fight Pollution  Vehicular emission… Continue reading “How Delhi is leading the charge in electric vehicle adoption”

United Nations grants observer status to International Solar Alliance in a historic decision

What is the news? The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has granted Observer Status to the International Solar Alliance (ISA). This will help provide for regular and well-defined cooperation between the Alliance and the United Nations that would benefit global energy growth and development. About International Solar Alliance (ISA) – Click Here to read about… Continue reading United Nations grants observer status to International Solar Alliance in a historic decision

A leap forward for fusion power

News: Physicists at the National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore California, claim to have generated nearly as much energy as they put into an inertial confinement system. This development is regarding the break through research in nuclear fusion process. Though Nuclear fusion has many benefits, some drawbacks make it unviable as of… Continue reading A leap forward for fusion power

Nuclear fusion could be close enough to start blue-sky gazing

News: The nuclear-fusion startup, Helion, recently announced that it has developed new technologies that may make nuclear fusion viable. Nuclear fusion could be used to produce relatively clean energy (hydrogen fuel), which could then be deployed in a number of ways, unleashing a chain reaction across the global economy. How cheap and clean energy could… Continue reading Nuclear fusion could be close enough to start blue-sky gazing

Does India have a right to burn fossil fuels?

Relevance: Why India doesn’t need to depend on coal for its future development? News: In the backdrop of COP26, India’s dependence on coal has remained a much talked about issue. Fossil fuel sources like coal have contributed significantly to global carbon emissions. But, neither India’s historical nor its current emissions come anywhere near to those… Continue reading Does India have a right to burn fossil fuels?

COP26: US joins India-led global solar alliance

What is the News? The United States of America(USA) has joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as a member country. What is the significance of the US joining ISA? The US has become the 101st member to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA). This will motivate many other countries to join. It will also ensure… Continue reading COP26: US joins India-led global solar alliance

GGI-OSOWOG project – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction Green Grids Initiative: One Sun One World One Grid (GGI – OSOWOG) – was recently launched by India and UK at COP26 meeting at Glasgow. It is an ambitious plan for the world’s first transnational network of interconnected solar power grids. The Prime Ministers of the two countries also presented… Continue reading GGI-OSOWOG project – Explained, pointwise

UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

What is the news? UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently released the Production Gap Report (PGR). The released document is the 3rd assessment of the production gap report. This report highlights the discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production levels and the global levels necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C. About the Production Gap Report… Continue reading UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

Reform fuel pricing

Synopsis: Govt must follow a transparent fuel pricing mechanism. Introduction The government’s approval of the full privatisation of Air India has raised expectations that the disinvestment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) may be carried out effectively and as planned before the end of this financial year Yet there are broader questions about the management… Continue reading Reform fuel pricing

The need of systems that’ll help tackle a crisis rather than deny it

Synopsis: There is a frequent economic crisis in India like coal, onion, petrol, etc. This needs immediate attention for preventing it. Introduction India has a history of economic crisis. For instance, In 2006-07, India had a wheat crisis, onion and tomato crisis appeared almost every year. The prices increase in horticulture directly impacts the Consumer… Continue reading The need of systems that’ll help tackle a crisis rather than deny it

NITI Aayog Launches Geospatial Energy Map of India

What is the News? NITI Aayog has launched the Geospatial Energy Map of India. About Geospatial Energy Map of India Developed by: NITI Aayog in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Objective Firstly, to provide a holistic picture of all energy resources of the country. This will enable visualisation of energy installations such as… Continue reading NITI Aayog Launches Geospatial Energy Map of India

Coal India, the fall guy for power crisis

Synopsis: Instead of blaming Coal India, there is a need to recognize its efforts to meet the demand for coal, and its help in generating power at affordable tariffs. Introduction The post-Covid economic recovery has led to a major increase in the demand for power, both in India and globally. India’s coal-based power plants are… Continue reading Coal India, the fall guy for power crisis

Powering the energy sector

Synopsis: The Electricity (Amendment) Bill will be a game-changer if we implement its provisions successfully. Introduction India’s energy sector is struggling to meet the development needs of people. Also, DISCOMS are fighting with various problems ranging from poor infrastructure, ineffective operations to State level tariff policies. Under this backdrop, the Government of India released Electricity… Continue reading Powering the energy sector

Nuclear power: A climate response that gets short shrift

Synopsis: There is need to move away from fossil fuels, but the current green energy paradigm needs some serious examination. Introduction The world has been dealing with a power and energy crisis and the factors that caused this emergency are complex and differ somewhat from country to country. What does the analysis of green energy… Continue reading Nuclear power: A climate response that gets short shrift

Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid Northwest Europe Cooperative Event

What is the News? Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has addressed the Ministerial session of the Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid Northwest Europe Cooperative Event. Note: In May 2021, the United Kingdom and India have agreed to jointly launch the Green Grids-One Sun One World One Grid… Continue reading Green Grids Initiative-One Sun One World One Grid Northwest Europe Cooperative Event

Global energy transition too slow, needs a ‘low emissions revolution’: IEA

What is the News? The International Energy Agency(IEA) has published its World Energy Outlook 2021 (WEO) report. What is the purpose of the World Energy Outlook report? The goal of the report is to assess progress made by countries on their clean energy transitions ahead of the 26th Conference of Parties meeting in Glasgow next… Continue reading Global energy transition too slow, needs a ‘low emissions revolution’: IEA

Energy policy preparedness

Synopsis: Energy policy preparedness would help reduce the impact of global market disruptions on the Indian economy. Introduction The ongoing recovery and the medium-term growth potential of the Indian economy could be adversely affected by the unfavourable energy sector outlook. Deficient coal supply is affecting power availability in many states and could hurt industrial production.… Continue reading Energy policy preparedness

Nursing the ailing power discoms back to health

Synopsis: Despite the UDAY scheme, the condition of DISCOMS is critical. This demands a closer analysis. Introduction The DISCOMS provide power to households by connecting power producers to households. Though this seems a good economic proposition, the condition of DISCOMS in India is fragile. What are the causes for the fragile economic health of Discoms?… Continue reading Nursing the ailing power discoms back to health

Power Ministry asks thermal units to import coal for minimum 10% blending

Synopsis: The present problems in the coal sector need a long-term solution to avoid such issues in future. Introduction To meet the increased power demand in the country, the Centre has asked thermal power generators to import coal for at least 10% blending, citing a shortage of domestic coal supply. This is a sharp reversal of its earlier directive of… Continue reading Power Ministry asks thermal units to import coal for minimum 10% blending

The great hubris that lay behind the Great Moderation and Reset

Synopsis: Faulty assumptions of rosy economic scenarios have resulted in an energy crisis. Introduction Post-covid, there has been talk of a great reset. It has many elements. Important among them is green growth, an effort to decarbonize the world and attain net zero carbon dioxide emissions. For instance, The International Energy Agency (IEA), in a… Continue reading The great hubris that lay behind the Great Moderation and Reset

Diverting rice for fuel blending, a risky venture? 

Synopsis: Government’s plan to promote ethanol, its benefit to the country, various effects of this plan, its impact on crop diversification and food security and way forward.  Introduction  India is planning to use surplus rice, besides sugarcane, to meet its bio-fuel target of blending 20% ethanol with petrol. Could this pose problems for India’s crop diversification… Continue reading Diverting rice for fuel blending, a risky venture? 

Public Finance ought to throw its weight by clean energy

Synopsis: With the world trying to achieve the Paris climate target, there is a need to bring more financial commitments and change in policies to achieve this target. Introduction Solar power is now the cheapest form of electricity in history. Over 90% of power-generation capacity added around the world last year was in renewables But to… Continue reading Public Finance ought to throw its weight by clean energy

Coal’s problems are governance, not climate regulation

Synopsis: The recent power shortage crisis in India is not about coal, and neither it is about climate action. It’s about poor governance. Introduction It is the worst news possible for a world struggling to recover from a pandemic while also trying to increase its effort to combat climate change: Power shortages in China and… Continue reading Coal’s problems are governance, not climate regulation

Decentralised renewable energy solutions offer great promises for healthcare facilities

Synopsis: In facilitating access to affordable RTPV electricity in public healthcare facilities, India can achieve the twin objective of greening the economy and transforming the healthcare infrastructure so that it can provide affordable health services. Introduction It has been a big challenge for our health infrastructure to deal with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Apprehension… Continue reading Decentralised renewable energy solutions offer great promises for healthcare facilities

The recent QES estimates are unreliable 

Synopsis: New Quarterly Employment Survey, its key findings, various challenges associated with the survey and the way forward  Introduction  Recently, the Ministry of Labour and Employment released the results of a new Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) for April-June 2021 for the organized (formal) sector.  It represents establishments employing ten or more workers. The surveyed sectors were manufacturing, construction,… Continue reading The recent QES estimates are unreliable 

Staying the Green Course

Synopsis: In CoP 26, world leaders need to discuss how best governments can help each other stay on the “green” course and also manage shorter-term political compulsions. What is the current scenario? Rise in price of natural gas: The price of natural gas in Europe has shot up by approximately 600 per cent over the… Continue reading Staying the Green Course

Unique technology for direct generation of Hydrogen from agricultural residue developed

What is the news? Indian researchers have developed a unique technology for direct generation of Hydrogen from agricultural residue. A team of researchers from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), GOI, in collaboration with Sentient labs of KPIT Technologies, have developed this technology at lab-scale to extract… Continue reading Unique technology for direct generation of Hydrogen from agricultural residue developed

Ministry of Power Redesigns Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism

What is the News? The Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy has given his assent to amendments in the existing Renewable Energy Certificate(REC)  mechanism.  What is the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism? The Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mechanism is a market-based instrument to promote renewable energy and facilitate the compliance of renewable… Continue reading Ministry of Power Redesigns Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism

Lockdowns slowed green energy push 

What is the news?  As per the report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the lockdowns slowed renewable energy installations in the country. India aims to install 175 gigawatts (GW) of green energy by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030. But only 7 GW of such capacity was added in the financial year 2020-21.  What… Continue reading Lockdowns slowed green energy push 

Revitalising PM-KUSUM

Synopsis: There is a need to unlock the PM KUSUM scheme promises in many ways. Introduction  The Union Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy recently reviewed the progress of the PM-KUSUM scheme and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to accelerating solar pump adoption.  About the PM – KUSUM Scheme  Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-Kusum) scheme was… Continue reading Revitalising PM-KUSUM

Govt aims to tap solar energy to power cold chain facilities

What is the News? India has planned to utilize solar power to offer uninterrupted power to cold-chain facilities for storing vaccines. Storage of Vaccines and the need for solar power There are over 29,000 cold chain storage facilities across India that are used to store both Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 vaccines.  However, due to unreliable electricity… Continue reading Govt aims to tap solar energy to power cold chain facilities

Statsguru: Seven charts explain India’s climate change challenge 

What is the news?  CoP26 meeting will held in the next month. As it is reaching near, the global community is calling for India to do more tow­ards green energy.  What are some key issues/facts wrt climate change scenario in India?  Dependence on thermal sources: India has made remarkable gains in renewable energy. The share… Continue reading Statsguru: Seven charts explain India’s climate change challenge 

Govt pulling out all stops for 150 GW RE capacity by 2 Oct

What is the News? The Indian government is planning to achieve renewable energy (RE) capacity of 150 gigawatts (GW) by 2 October 2021. About India’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions India is the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under Paris Agreement aims to do the following,… Continue reading Govt pulling out all stops for 150 GW RE capacity by 2 Oct

Flex-fuel engines to be mandatory soon: Gadkari

What is the News? Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the government would soon make it mandatory for all vehicle manufacturers to make flex engines (that can run on more than one fuel). What are Flex Fuel Vehicles(FFV)? Flex Fuel Vehicles(FFV) is a modified version of vehicles that could… Continue reading Flex-fuel engines to be mandatory soon: Gadkari

Managing risks of a green economy

Synopsis: A rapid transition to renewable energy, which is necessary, will disrupt a number of businesses. Introduction Climate change will affect lives and livelihoods across the globe with some countries getting disproportionately impacted. According to a recent report by the Swiss Re Institute, climate change could reduce global gross domestic product by 18% by 2050… Continue reading Managing risks of a green economy

Govt eyes 14GWh battery storage system in Kutch

What is the News? India has planned to set up around 14 gigawatt-hour (GWh) grid-scale battery storage systems at the Khavda renewable energy park in Gujarat. About Khavda Renewable Energy Park Khavda Renewable Energy Park is the world’s largest renewable energy park in Gujarat’s Kutch.  The park will be built along the Indo-Pak border at… Continue reading Govt eyes 14GWh battery storage system in Kutch

Clean energy prospects beyond the 100GW milestone

Synopsis: Regular policy interventions by the government, an investment push and fiscal stimuli over the years have helped India emerge as a global front runner in the clean energy ecosystem. Introduction Despite the covid pandemic, steady growth has helped India cross the 100-gigawatt (GW) target of installed capacity. Today, we stand 4th in the world… Continue reading Clean energy prospects beyond the 100GW milestone

Low carbon bricks developed using construction and demolition waste for energy-efficient walling envelopes

What is the News? Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science(IISc) have developed an energy-efficient carbon brick called ‘Low-C Bricks’. What are Low-C Bricks? Low-C Bricks are low carbon bricks developed using construction and demolition waste (CDW) and alkali-activated binders. These bricks do not require high-temperature firing. They also avoid the use of high-energy materials… Continue reading Low carbon bricks developed using construction and demolition waste for energy-efficient walling envelopes

Partnership with US could help India meet renewable energy targets

Synopsis: India can achieve renewable energy targets efficiently by strengthening its partnership with US. The problems and challenges associated are discussed. Introduction  India’s front-line position as third highest emitter of greenhouse gases has sharpened focus on its future policy course to mitigate carbon emissions under the Paris Agreement. There is escalating pressure for India to commit itself to… Continue reading Partnership with US could help India meet renewable energy targets

Developed countries seek to end export financing for coal

What is the News? The US, European Union, South Korea and other countries are planning to forbid their export-financing agencies from supporting coal-fired power projects overseas. What is the issue? The US, EU and other countries are planning to put a proposal at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) to take a tough position… Continue reading Developed countries seek to end export financing for coal

Impact of fossil fuel extraction on global warming

What is the news?  As per recent study, the global oil and gas production should decline by 3% per year until 2050 to keep global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. This target was set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.   To achieve this target, global fossil fuel extraction needs to go down.   What is the current progress on Paris… Continue reading Impact of fossil fuel extraction on global warming

No offshore wind project has commenced in India: Are we on track for 30 GW by 2030?

Synopsis: To harness the capacity of India’s offshore wind potential, we need to identify the areas where we can develop offshore wind project and accelerate the project. Introduction India has planned to provide 24×7 electricity to every home. As per the forecast of International Energy Agency, the country’s energy demand will increase by 6-7% annually… Continue reading No offshore wind project has commenced in India: Are we on track for 30 GW by 2030?

‘No new coal plants needed to meet 2030 demand’

What is the News? According to a report prepared by EMBER, an independent British energy think-tank in collaboration with Bangalore-based Climate Risk Horizons, India does not require additional new coal capacity to meet expected demand growth by the financial year 2030. Key Findings of the report India does not require additional new coal capacity to… Continue reading ‘No new coal plants needed to meet 2030 demand’

Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP)

What is the News? The Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas has co-chaired a virtual Ministerial meeting with the U.S. Secretary of Energy to launch the revamped U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP). About the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) When was it launched? It was launched at the Leaders Summit on Climate held… Continue reading Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP)

Making green hydrogen viable demands financial, tech support to lower costs

Synopsis: Bringing down the cost of producing Green Hydrogen in India will require a mix of financial and technological interventions. Background Read here: Green Hydrogen – Explained, pointwise What is the major issue with Green Hydrogen adoption? Cost: According to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the cost of green hydrogen production is $5-6 a… Continue reading Making green hydrogen viable demands financial, tech support to lower costs

BHEL demonstrates tech to create methanol from high ash coal

What is the news? Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL) has successfully demonstrated a facility to create methanol from high ash Indian coal.  About Methanol Methanol is a clean-burning fuel that can replace both petrol & diesel in transportation & LPG, Wood, Kerosene in cooking fuel. It can also replace diesel in Railways and could be an… Continue reading BHEL demonstrates tech to create methanol from high ash coal

New report suggests how land-use for renewable energy in India can be environmentally sustainable

What is the news? Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has recently released a report titled “Renewable Energy and Land Use in India by Mid-Century“. According to the report, India will use significant stretches of land by 2050 to install renewable energy generation capacities, and the land-use increase may have an impact on… Continue reading New report suggests how land-use for renewable energy in India can be environmentally sustainable

India’s tryst with the promise of a hydrogen-fuel economy

Synopsis: India is pushing towards cleaner forms of energy. Green Hydrogen offers an opportunity. Background Read here: Green Hydrogen – Potential, issues and solutions What is the present global scenario of Hydrogen production? The current global production of hydrogen of about 80 million metric tonnes, and is almost wholly produced through fossil fuels. It uses… Continue reading India’s tryst with the promise of a hydrogen-fuel economy

Rolling out the EV charging network

Synopsis: Steps taken by government to increase EV charging network in India. Introduction The Indian vehicle market is poised for a historic leap into electrification. On the rollout of a charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), India faces the classic chicken and egg problem—EVs require charging infrastructure and that requires EVs. According to the Society of Manufacturers… Continue reading Rolling out the EV charging network

Ministry of Coal Constitutes Task Force and Expert Committee to Prepare Road Map for Coal based Hydrogen Production

What is the News? The Ministry of Coal has constituted a Task Force and Expert Committee to prepare a road map for Coal based Hydrogen Production. About the Task Force for Coal based Hydrogen Production The Task Force will be headed by an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Coal.  Its terms of reference include… Continue reading Ministry of Coal Constitutes Task Force and Expert Committee to Prepare Road Map for Coal based Hydrogen Production