The Hindu Kush Himalayan region provides water to more than 1.3 billion people, almost a fifth of the world’s population, living in downstream river basins.
Petrol price rose to Rs 72.38 per litre in Delhi, highest since March 2014, according to the daily fuel price list of state-owned oil firms. In Mumbai, prices have crossed Rs 80-mark – costliest in the country.
While private power companies may have walked away with savings of more than Rs 50,000 crore in the last September auction, they offered only token tariff concessions ranging from 1 to 4 paise per unit.
If the proposal to impose a 70% safeguard duty on solar cells and panels from China, Taiwan and Malaysia is implemented, it could impact the viability of under-construction solar projects and spoil the investment climate in the sector.
Following the latest daily price hike, petrol was selling at a three-year high price of Rs 71.27 and diesel at a record Rs 61.88 a litre in Delhi.
Argentina’s aspirations of becoming world leader in lithium production raises questions pertaining to whether the benefits will trickle down to the local communities.
A majority of planned dams are in the same river basins and will rely on similar patterns of rainfall. Thus, they will be vulnerable at the same time to drought and dry years.
A lobby group of private generators has claimed that CIL and its subsidiaries supplied excess coal to the tune of 8.6 million tonne to state-owned power plants without a long-term fuel linkage.
Through a RTI query, activist Anil Galgali learnt that Anil Ambani owned Reliance Energy has not paid electricity duty and other taxes amounting to Rs 1,452 crore to the government of Maharashtra.
Two members of MERC have recused themselves from all fresh hearings over political pressure and differences with current chairman Anand Kulkarni.
While the hike in power prices will increase rural distress, many farmers believe the move is particularly cruel because the quality of rural power supply hasn’t improved.
Sources say that Anand Kulkarni superseded Azeez Mehdi Khan as chairman of the MERC because the government was unhappy that the latter refused to toe the official line.
The domestic auto industry wants 2047 to be the deadline for doing away with fossil fuel-powered vehicles, while Nitin Gadkari wanted the change to happen by 2030.
One set of long-pending disputes revolves around whether discoms must pay the fixed charges for power supplied by private companies such as GMR, GVK and Reliance Infrastructure.
The case pertained to the irregular allocation of coal blocks in the Rajhara region in Jharkhand to the Kolkata based private company Vini Iron and Steel Udyog Ltd.
If ‘e-mobility’ takes off in a big way, it could adversely affect the demand for petrol and diesel in domestic as well as in overseas markets, potentially upending the calculations of India’s refiners.
The company recently petitioned the Maharashtra and Rajasthan electricity regulatory commissions, asking to be reimbursed for extra fuel costs incurred by its power plants.
Some of NTPC’s power plants are getting excess coal at a time when private power producers are reeling from the dry fuel shortage.
While India’s coal imports have dropped 12% over the last three years, as the Modi government pursues a domestic strategy, they have picked up in recent times and are likely to continue to rise.
Coal and railway minister Piyush Goyal has remained curiously silent, even though the current crisis has been sparked by the railways’ failure to transport adequate amounts of coal.
The NCR must seize the possibilities of reclaiming Badarpur as a public space by shutting down NTPC’s worst power plant in terms of meeting emissions standards.
The DRI had accused Essar of using offshore entities to siphon Rs 2,900 crore through inflated invoices. So why has the directorate been kept out of the multi-agency group tasked with acting on the latest disclosures?
In its quest to reduce electricity tariffs, the state appears to be getting support from UP’s electricity watchdog whose behaviour is not in line with its duty to act as an unbiased adjudicator in disputes between discoms and generators.
Leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, who is leading the Christian Democrat party’s coalition talks on energy, said mines across Germany could be closed by the decade after next.
While Tata Trust officials had raised concerns over the acquisition, Welspun Renewables’s robust earnings are now starting to partially offset the losses being racked up by the imported coal-based Mundra power plant.
Although the state-run power sector lender doesn’t follow RBI guidelines on loan restructuring norms yet, the CAG has in the past pointed to gaps in its due diligence process.
The Central Information Commission has rejected an RTI plea seeking disclosure of records related to the discussions on the demand for handing over the NHPC projects.
While illegal mining is worrying, what is little understood is the enormous loot that is taking place legally. Mineral owners sometimes receive less than 5% of the value of minerals.
While the draft does include new paragraphs on illegal mining and sustainable development, experts question whether it will be, as the Supreme Court recently put it, “effective, meaningful and implementable”.
What’s going on in Venezuela is the unintended consequence of Saudi Arabia’s policy of keeping oil prices deliberately low for political reasons.
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.
Can a share of the money saved from kerosene subsidies be provided to states to reinvest in cheaper, cleaner and more efficiently-run subsidies for clean energy?
Growth in bad loans raises questions about due diligence measures followed by renewable energy, power PSUs over last five years.
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.