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TERI’s recent report on the future of India’s energy sector and the important role renewables could play has created quite a stir this week across the whole spectrum of stakeholders. From the complaints of angry villagers yet to see the benefits of Modi’s smart villages drive, to the snorts of derision from the coal industry still holding to its belief that only coal can deliver the capacity needed. It will be fascinating to follow the debate, but at least it seems that renewables are being taken seriously. Also worth noting is an almost apologetic reference to carbon capture storage (CCS) as a possible answer buried in the press release from the World Coal Association. Which, in turn, begs the question: what has happened to CCS? Rumour is a new CCS facility has just begun operations in Houston, Texas…

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Jagmohan Singh, 48, of Sarvan village, 95 km from Agra city, in Uttar Pradesh has been condemned to remain unmarried because electricity has eluded the village from the time it was established in 1983. Every evening Singh lights up his kerosene lamp and fires up the choolah (earthen stove) to cook his evening meal. It’s a lonely and lovelorn life. But that is destiny for men born in Sarvan, which stands atop a hill. […]

Youth Ki Awaaz (10.02.17)Micro-Grids On The Cusp
Microgrids are one of the hottest topics in the renewable energy world. Solar and wind energy are changing the paradigms of electricity generation toward more decentralised solutions. The utility microgrid segment is mainly driven by autarky and security of supply. The biggest market is in the United States, where an ageing grid infrastructure requires large investments into the grid. Here microgrids are sometimes a more economical alternative. Investments in local generation assets mean in conjunction with microgrids that the improved reliability will have benefits that are felt locally. […]

Thomas Hillig – Energy Storage (07.02.17)When Will Rural India Be Energy Secure?
In the Union Budget 2017, the Finance minister announced that about 10 million people would be lifted from below poverty line (BPL). It is a worrisome fact that millions of citizens are still struggling for food and livelihood. However, it is heartening to see that the government has been trying to phase out poverty. In the Union Budget-2017, the Finance minister expressed intent of the Modi Government to increase investment in the rural sector, agriculture, infrastructure, and allied sectors to boost income generation and improve livelihood. Increasing budgetary allocation to Rs. 48,000 crore for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) scheme is meant for asset creation and employment generation. […]

Sanjay Kumar Kar – EnergyWorld (09.02.17)China In Numbers
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New Delhi: India’s solar power sector has turned a corner after the record low-winning bids of Rs2.97 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to build 750 mega watt (MW) plant at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh (MP) on Friday. With effective levelized tariff—the value financially equivalent to different annual tariffs over the 25 year period of the power purchase agreement—of around Rs3.30 per unit, the power from sun has become a competitive energy source vis-à-vis the coal-fuelled conventional source of electricity. […]

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