A massive $16.4 billion proposed coal mine has sparked protests and a heated debate. As the Adani project becomes a symbol of Australia’s future, The Wire examines the issues at stake.
At a recent top-level meeting, it was mooted that a change in the ‘power surplus’ narrative would help in tackling India’s abnormally low capacity utilisation levels.
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The three companies had earlier offered to sell a 51% stake in their plants for Re 1 to the Gujarat State Electricity Board.
In addition to “launching” a scheme that basically already existed, the prime minister’s claim that his government has a good record on rural electrification contradicts the data.
The current challenge in rural electrification is not just giving connections, but providing sufficient, affordable, quality supply.
High social costs are associated with renewables as per the latest economic survey but the discrepancies in arriving at them raise questions of data credibility and intent.
Falling capacity utilisation of power plants is a clear indicator that electricity demand has sagged under the NDA regime, raising a question mark over the efficacy of UDAY and other power sector reform measures.
The adjudicating authority in the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence case on alleged over-invoicing of power equipment has evidently been sympathetic to the Adani group. But this is just one instance.
Under the Indus Waters Treaty, India is permitted to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrictions, the World Bank said.
Worldwide, hydropower projects are running into problems and being scaled back, but India is doing the opposite in what appears to be a determination to maximise the benefits of the Indus Waters Treaty.
The NITI Aayog’s draft national energy policy seeks to keep India’s economy heavily reliant on fossil fuels even in 2040.
Activists spent days creating awareness amongst the villagers, including women, telling them about cases from around the world – like Chernobyl and Fukushima – so they understood the hazards of a nuclear plant near their homes.
The government calls the scheme a success because of the rise in LPG connections, but the lack of gas refills by poor households suggests it is not.
The mine has been delayed due to opposition from environment groups who argue it will contribute to global warming and damage the Great Barrier Reef.
India’s remaining competent in both domestic and global markets is hinged on building a society upon the four pillars of technology, institutions, infrastructure and incentives.
An investigation into the people, and the institutional failures, responsible for the abandoned coal mine pits scattered across Indonesian Borneo.
This is the first strategic response to the near collapse of Westinghouse, whose bankruptcy raised doubts about whether it could continue the India deal.
In the years ahead China looks set to lead on renewables, but India’s power sector will be greener overall.
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The Queensland government said it was considering compliance action since water released from Adani’s Abbot Point facility that had eight times more sediment than the allowed limit.
If India builds all its proposed coal-based power plants, then it might not fulfil its promise made under the Paris climate agreement.
Funding and M&A in India’s solar sector amounted to around $1.6 billion in January-March, says research firm Mercom. Though firms are also gauging risks.
Scientists investigating an underwater mountain have found lots of tellurium, a mineral used in some solar panels.
The judgement also puts a much-welcome end to the ‘bid low today, raise price later’ strategy employed by players such as the Tatas and the Adani Group.
India’s energy sector seems to have veered decisively towards solar and wind power as tariffs tumble and investment pour in, but experts fear that overly optimistic developers could be punching above their weight.
Jammu and Kashmir’s power crisis could potentially worsen given the state’s lack of control over the major hydropower projects it depends on for its electricity needs, delays in getting new projects off the ground and the challenges posed by Pakistan.
Wind power generation has only the variable tariff, no fixed tariff, which means that wind power generated in times of zero demand is not paid for, leading to revenue losses for companies.
The court said that an unexpected rise in the price of coal imported from Indonesia will not absolve the Adanis from performing their part of the contract.
Bio-jet fuel is generally two- to seven-times more expensive than conventional fossil-derived jet fuels but can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 60-70%.
The power yield from the planned ten-fold increase in solar energy on an average will be as little as 20% of the total capacity, making little difference to India’s emissions.
Various water conservation schemes have been initiated to meet the rising power demand, Piyush Goyal said.
At the Barefoot College in Tilonia, Rajasthan, women with little or no formal education can learn livelihood skills and play a leadership role in their communities.
Sustainable buildings don’t just make environmental sense. There are potentially large economic gains to be had from more efficient use of resources. This includes increased employment, increased productivity and less need for government subsidies.
Yucatán state of Mexico has become a new energy frontier in the country, while the indigenous population is fearful of losing out on their livelihoods.
Once hailed as the harbinger of a nuclear renaissance, the EPR is fast becoming one of the world’s most criticised and by far the most expensive nuclear white elephants.
Instead of taking concrete measures on energy, the government is dangling some tantalising proposals.
India needs to combine vast improvements in local-level energy initiatives with the effective implementation of clean coal to power the major cities.
Tillerson played a key role in the development of the Sakhalin-I oilfield, in which ONGC Videsh Ltd is a consortium partner.