Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal presided over a bilateral meeting with the Japanese delegation led by H.E. Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Government of Japan. The meeting took place on the side-lines of the 7th India-Japan Energy Forum, 2017 in New Delhi.
Petrol price was hiked by Rs 1.29 a litre and diesel rate was raised by 97 paise a litre. The increase in rates announced by oil firms is excluding state levies and the actual hike will be higher.
The Foundation Stone laying ceremony for setting up the first Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India is being held on 25th December, 2016 at village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda (Punjab), with an approximate investment of Rs 600 crores. Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Central Government Public Sector Undertaking, is setting up the project.
To improve fuel availability and cut its transportation cost, the government has allowed swapping of coal between public sector and private sector companies. The government and public sector companies can swap their coal with private companies also.
NTPC has partnered with Inox Wind for a 50 MW wind project to be deployed in Gujarat. With 47 GW of capacity under operations, NTPC is the country's largest energy conglomerate and this 50 MW maiden order marks its foray into wind energy generation.
A road map has been prepared by Coal India Limited (CIL) to substantially enhance production of coal to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2019-20 from the current level of production of 538.75 MT in 2015-16. As per Annual Plan document of Ministry of Coal, all India target of coal production for 2016-17 was fixed at 724.71 MT.
The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, will inaugurate the National Energy Conservation Day on 14 December, 2016 and felicitate winners of National Energy Conservation Awards and National Energy Conservation Painting Competition 2016.
As part of efforts to achieve the target of 40 GW rooftop solar by 2022, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has floated a tender of 1000 MW power for development of grid-connected rooftop solar capacity by utilising buildings of central ministries and departments.
The present installed nuclear power capacity in India in commercial operation is 5780 MW. With the synchronization of Kudankulam Unit-2 (KKNPP-2, 1000 MW) to the grid in August 2016, an additional capacity of 1000 MW has been added. The unit is presently generating infirm power (non-commercial), and expected to commence commercial operation by the end of this year, which will enhance the present installed nuclear power capacity of 5780 MW to 6780 MW.
The India Infrastructure Fund of IDFC Alternatives is buying three solar projects in Punjab and Rajasthan from Punj Lloyd Infrastructure as part of the parent's plans to establish a presence in the renewable energy space through acquisitions.
BHEL has commissioned 660 MW coal-based supercritical thermal power unit in Uttar Pradesh. The unit has been commissioned at the 3 x 660 MW Prayagraj super thermal power project, located in Bara tehsil in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
The Union Cabinet has approved to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 2nd October 2016, the day of Gandhi Jayanti. Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations last year on 12th December 2015 and India signed the Paris Agreement in New York early this year on 22nd April 2016.