Reading Time: 13 mins With a population of close to 1.4 billion and a fast-growing economy with enormous potential to grow, India’s energy mix in future years will be critical for the climate action targets of the world and India itself. India is already the third-largest energy-consuming economy after China and the United States. In this backdrop, India’s solar energy targets are discussed widely for its ambitious targets, the strategy to achieve it, and the gap between current status and required efforts. The debate came to the fore once again when the Prime Minister in recently Inaugurated a 750 MW solar project in Rewa district Madhya Pradesh.
Reading Time: 6 mins The hazardous effects of pollutants from conventional fuel vehicles have caused the scientific world to move towards environmentally friendly energy sources. Though we have various renewable energy sources, the perfect one to use as an energy source for vehicles is hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cell technology represents one of the alternative solutions for future clean energy systems. Recently, The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified standards for the safety evaluation of hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles. The move is primarily aimed at a significant push for hydrogen vehicles in the country.
Reading Time: 6 mins The tunnel connecting Manali to Leh under the Rohtang Pass in the eastern Pir-Panjal Range of the Himalayas on the Leh-Manali highway is now ready after 10 years, which is considered to be the world’s longest highway tunnel and is expected to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in late September this year. The tunnel is at a height of over 10,000 feet (3000 meters). The 9.02-km-long tunnel is named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. It took four more years than the original estimated time of less than 6 years to complete this strategic tunnel. The tunnel will reduce the distance between Manali and Leh of up to 46 kilometres and the travel time of up to 4 hours.
Reading Time: 8 mins In the UN General Assembly (UNGA), India declared that nuclear energy is crucial for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested measures to increase its public acceptance. It has to be noted that, nuclear energy has been receiving stiff opposition and some countries even plan to phase out their nuclear power plants due to their inherent risks. Recently, India’s largest indigenously designed PHWR, KAPP-3, achieved criticality, becoming another feather to the cap of Make in India initiative.
Reading Time: 7 mins A major fall in the international crude oil prices prompted India to get its strategic Energy reserves filled at a low cost. Recently in a tweet, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said that India has saved Rs. 5000 crores in foreign exchange while strengthening its energy security by filling up the strategic reserves with full capacity.
Reading Time: 4 mins Recently, the Prime Minister reviewed the plans being envisaged for implementing the Arth Ganga project and pushed concerned states to speedily implement the projects under Arth Ganga. The PM also elaborated on the importance of the project in the sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to the river.
Reading Time: 7 mins The Union Budget 2020-21 has given very low priority for the Sagarmala Project. Only Rs.297 crore is allocated for this infrastructural development scheme. This comes in the backdrop of very low allocations for the maritime sector in general out of the Rs.1 lakh crore allocation for the infrastructure sector – most of which is to be tunnelled into the National Infrastructure Pipeline. This is significant as India has an advantage with regards to its long coastline and its position in the Indian Ocean, which could be utilized to its full potential with the sustainable development of its coastal areas. Additionally, Sagarmala program needs an overhaul to make it more sustainable and inclusive so that the local fishing communities are not harmed.
Reading Time: 7 mins Electricity is one of the most critical components of infrastructure which is essential for sustained growth of the Indian economy and welfare of the nation. Ministry of Power, in an attempt to further develop the power sector, has issued a draft proposal for amendment of the Electricity Act, 2003 in the form of the draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill. This is the fourth draft since 2014.
Reading Time: 9 mins The International Energy Agency, in its India 2020 Energy Policy Review, has recommended adoption of NITI Aayog’s Draft National Energy Policy, which is under consideration since 2017 and is yet to be enforced due to several inter-ministerial differences. This said policy fails to address various other issues faced by India’s energy sector. Therefore, changes must be made in a way that enables coordination of all parties and also allows the country to adopt green energy as climate change has a significant impact on India’s economy and people. This reformed policy must be adopted as soon as possible as the country is currently facing rampant energy poverty despite having surplus energy under its domain.