Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Economics behind e-Vehicle Batteries

Context: There are concerns regarding the economic feasibility of electric vehicles (EVs) for mass use, as India is seeking a transition from conventional fuel vehicles to EVs. Transition to EVs: Recently, the NITI Aayog proposed to ban the sale of all internal combustion engine (ICE) powered three-wheeler post March 2023. It also suggested that all new two-wheelers below 150cc sold after March 2025 should be electric.… Continue reading Economics behind e-Vehicle Batteries

GS-3, Uncategorized

Government launches new Energy Conservation Building Code

The code was developed by the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), with technical support from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the U.S.-India bilateral Partnership to Advance Clean Energy–Deployment Technical Assistance (PACE-DTA) program. Features of the code: The code prescribes energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be… Continue reading Government launches new Energy Conservation Building Code

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Government launches ‘SEVA’ App

Govt launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application (SEVA),  for power sector consumers. SEVA is a part of ‘Digital India’ initiative, which is aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch. The consumer friendly mobile app helps in tracking of coal dispatch to 118 Power Plants through Fuel… Continue reading Government launches ‘SEVA’ App

Environment, GS-3, Uncategorized

Ease of getting power: India’s rank up by 73

HIGHLIGHTS India moved up to the 26th spot in global electricity accessibility ranking It moved up from 99th rank in 2014 aided largely by govt's rural electrification programme Total power capacity increased by nearly a third (31%) from 243GW in March 2014 to 320 GW in March 2017. In spite of the present government's plan… Continue reading Ease of getting power: India’s rank up by 73

Editorials, GS-2, GS-3, Indian Economy, International Relations, Uncategorized

Arctic opportunities

The Indian Express One of the most dramatic effects of global warming is seen in the Arctic region. In recent years the ice in the Arctic Sea has been melting rapidly. In 2007, a large part of the Arctic Sea became ice free in summer months for the first time in living history. The melting… Continue reading Arctic opportunities

Editorials, GS-2, International Relations, Uncategorized

Four corners of a good deal

Article Link The U.S.-Japan-India trilateral has gained momentum in recent years, with regular meetings and a variety of collective exercises. This proves that India has begun to exert its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. But, it is not possible for India to be a world leader or an Asian leader without first being a South… Continue reading Four corners of a good deal

Editorials, GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Oil Price Slip & its impact

Article Link Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has rightly affirmed fiscal rectitude and addressed the challenge of growth and rural distress in the recent Budget. However, analysts feel that the 2016 Budget has failed to lay out a clear roadmap for the petroleum industry, which is already in poor shape. Finance Minister’s budget speech lacked a… Continue reading Oil Price Slip & its impact

Editorials, Environment, GS-3, Indian Economy, Science & Tech, Uncategorized

Budget’s Impact on Renewable Energy

Article Link This Budget has laid down the roadmap for taking India to the next level of growth. We not only see a clear direction in which the economy is going to be steered but also the key milestones that we need to cross on the way. Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley has identified 9… Continue reading Budget’s Impact on Renewable Energy

GS-3, Indian Economy, Uncategorized

Power Tariff Policy

What is the policy? Tariff policy for power is governed under the Electricity Act. The policy is the guiding principle for setting power rates, power purchase agreements, sale and purchase of coal and power – both conventional and renewable energy Why was it revised? The policy revision was undergoing since 2006 in wake of increasing… Continue reading Power Tariff Policy

GS-3, International Relations, Uncategorized

(TAPI) Pipeline Project

  Almost 25 years after its inception, finally physical work has been started on the $ 10 billion Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline Project. Afghan, Pakistani and Indian leaders recently took part in the ground breaking ceremony of the 1,814 kilometres project that is due to be completed by 2019. The pipeline, which will pass through Herat… Continue reading (TAPI) Pipeline Project