Given the government’s attention, solar power is expected to increase substantially in future. The Twelfth Five Year Plan targets to add 3800 MW of solar power. Accordingly, the fund requirement for solar projects in the plan is expected to be Rs 49,400 crore. The Thirteenth Plan targets an addition of 16,000 MW of solar power. [...]

Hitachi Entering Nuclear Power The massive global backlash against nuclear energy has seen a number of top nuclear equipment manufactures like GE, Siemens, Toshiba pulling back. While Siemens and Toshiba have already announced plans to retrench from nuclear energy, GE has also voiced concerns about nuclear power being unviable compared to natural gas and renewable [...]

Germany’s Erneubare Energien-Gesetz (EEG) Law Germany is one of the largest generators of renewable energy in the world being the  No.1 producer of solar power and is a top 5 producer of wind energy as well. The country’s EEG law enacted in 2005 has led to a massive increase in green energy capacity due to [...]

Bottleneck in Biomass Power Development India is predominantly an agricultural economy. The estimated food grain production in India in 2011-12 is estimated as a little over 250 MT (Source: PIB). Since biomass energy is primarily derived from the agricultural waste, this sanctify India with huge potential for Biomass power generation. However reality eludes this. The growing O&M costs and [...]

Two Emerging Nuclear Giants – India & China The Fukushima disaster in Japan involving the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant had bought a nuclear winter for the global nuclear energy industry. Many of the top nuclear countries like Japan and Germany have put a complete halt of nuclear power generation while the biggest nuclear equipment suppliers [...]

Renewable Energy Certificate Policy in India which was unfurled with great fanfare in 2011 is suffering because of a lack of enforcement from states. According to the RPO, a certain percentage of a state’s electricity generation must come from clean energy sources. States and utilities which can’t meet their  renewable energy requirements can buy REC [...]