Recent Reverse Auction in Wind Energy

Auction refers to the process of buying or selling in which goods or services are offered by seller and the sold to the highest bidder. In reverse auction, the roles of buyers and sellers are reversed. Thus, while in auction, buyers compete and prices rise with bids; in reverse auction, sellers compete and price decrease as […]

India and Cellulosic Ethanol [2G Ethanol]

Cellulosic ethanol, also known as Second generation (2G) ethanol is not produced from starch or sugar but from cellulose fibers, which are found in abundance in plant cell walls. Introduction Biofuels are derived from biomass such as plants and animal materials.  The biomass is converted to biofuels by Thermal conversion or Chemical Conversion or Biochemical Conversion. The resultant fuel […]

Draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

On June 14, 2016, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), has come up with a draft National Wind Solar Hybrid Policy.  The policy lays down the framework for promoting large grid connected wind-solar photovoltaic system. Objectives The policy has been launched to lay down a framework for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission […]

UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) scheme

In November 2015, the Government had launched UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana) scheme to provide a permanent solution for financial turnaround and revival of Power Distribution companies (discoms). Overview of Discom Problems As on March 2015, the accumulated losses and the outstanding debt of discoms are approximately Rs. 3.8 lakh crore and Rs. 4.3 lakh crore, […]

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline

The idea of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI) has been around for two decades but its fate has remained uncertain due to political uncertainty in Afghanistan, Indo-Pak Relations, Af-Pak tensions, slow down in global energy markets, cost escalations etc. However, despite of all these, the construction work finally takes off as leaders of four countries participated in […]

Vision for an Integrated Energy Policy in India

The vision of our energy policy is to made available clean, safe and convenient form of energy to all sectors in an economically viable manner. Energy needs of household should be met even if that entails directed subsidies to vulnerable households. It further envisages that demand should be met in a technically efficient and environmentally […]

Indo-US Relations and its Geopolitical Significance

What are the different areas of cooperation and irritants between India and United States? How the growing relationship between the two countries change the geopolitical balance in the Asia?