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Indian High Commission in London Lits up in Energy Efficient Tricolour

The building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting, leading to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption

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London: The Indian High Commission in London is decorated with energy efficient tricolour lights as part of a pact with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). PTI
  • The Indian High Commission in London has signed up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  • Under the contract, 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India will be installed that will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years
  • So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models

London, June 30, 2017: As a step leading towards annual energy and cost savings, the Indian High Commission building in central London has been lit up in energy efficient tricolour. The High Commission, the largest Indian diplomatic mission, is situated in the iconic ‘India House’ building. Now it has become the first to sign up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

According to the statement by EESL, “Under the contract, EESL will install 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India. The installation of these LED lights will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years.”

The statement also mentioned that the building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting. This will lead to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Last month, during the UK visit of Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, the agreement between EESL and the Indian High Commission in London was signed.

According to PTI reports, Under the ESCO model created by EESL, a joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, energy savings and/or demand reductions are purchased by a utility using a predetermined rate.

The result of the implementation of the LED programme is energy savings, which are then monetised. Upon completion of the LED project, EESL is paid fixed amounts per kWh. Then an authorised measurement and verification (M&V) organisation assesses and analyses the savings achieved. The duration of this project is seven years, within which EESL provides operational maintenance of the installed lights as well.

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EESL stated, “EESL, under the administration of the Indian government’s Ministry of Power, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio (worth 5.6bn pounds over a period of three years) establishing 20-fold growth.”

So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models. EESL is looking forward to leverage this implementation experience and explore new opportunities in the global market for the diversification of its portfolio. The company has already set up overseas operations in the UK, South Asia and South East Asia.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede
A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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NTPC poised to facilitate India’s bid to achieve its ambitious National Renewable Energy Targets

The 44-page report titled "NTPC as a Force in India's Electricity Transition" showcases how the government is shifting rapidly towards a low-carbon economy

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New Delhi, May 26: The state-owned conglomerate NTPC Ltd — long associated with coal-fired power generation — is poised to facilitate India’s bid to achieve its ambitious national renewable energy targets. This, at a time overseas investors are seeking more opportunities in the country’s renewable projects.

“Despite its deep historical connection to coal-fired electricity generation technology, NTPC has recently moved to the forefront of India’s energy transition and stands to be the country’s key new energy enabler,” said a report by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

The report’s release coincided with the completion of three years of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government at the helm on Friday.

The 44-page report titled “NTPC as a Force in India’s Electricity Transition” showcases how the government is shifting rapidly towards a low-carbon economy — a step towards achieving the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement aim of cutting greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels.

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The company currently provides about a quarter of India’s electricity and is among the top 10 coal-fired power generators in the world. It ranks third in coal-fired capacity and seventh in generation.

The role NTPC — earlier called National Thermal Power Corporation — is now playing in transforming the energy sector in its ongoing shift away from the increasingly stranded assets of the fossil fuel industry cannot be underestimated, Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies Australasia with the IEEFA, told IANS via email.

With economic growth at 7-8 percent annually, India is the world’s fastest-growing major economy. As a state-owned power utility, NTPC’s priority is to underpin that growth.

Whilst this responsibility has arguably required expansion of coal-fired power generation in the past, this has changed.

“With the average new solar tariff in 2017 below NTPC’s coal-fired power tariff for its existing fleet, it is clear that renewable energy offers a cheaper way to provide power,” report co-author Buckley said.

Solar prices hit a record low twice this month.

On May 10, India finalised a new auction at the Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan with the award of a power tariff at a record low Rs 2.62/kWh ($0.040/kWh), 12 percent below the previous record low Rewa solar tariff awarded only just three months ago in Madhya Pradesh.

This new record only lasted two days with the latest 500MW solar auction coming in at Rs 2.44/kWh ($0.038/kWh), down yet another seven per cent.

This tender was also for projects at the Bhadla Phase IV solar park.

“The ongoing Indian electricity transformation, which can be increasingly spearheaded by NTPC, will have global ramifications not least for the thermal coal sector which faces a technology driven structural decline,” Buckley said.

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Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s plan to cease thermal coal imports by the end of this decade is being led by NTPC which has already stopped them this past fiscal year.

“Coal exporters that are looking to India to prop up volumes as China continues to reduce coal consumption are going to be disappointed,” he said.

The report, also authored by energy finance analyst Simon Nicholas, says overseas investors are now seeking more opportunities in Indian renewable projects.

India’s renewables boom is attracting the attention of a diverse range of leading overseas investors, including banks, utilities, pension funds and asset managers. They include Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, the Macquarie Group, Sembcorp, Enel, EDF, Engie, SoftBank and Brookfield.

The IEEFA, which conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment, says the total renewable energy capacity additions in India matched thermal capacity additions for the first time in 2016-17.

The rate of thermal capacity additions declined 50 percent from the prior year, even as solar installations doubled in 2015 and again in 2016.

The report forecasts that this will be repeated again in 2017.

According to financial experts in India, there is a noticeable spike in solar investment by Chinese firms.

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“Chinese investments in Indian coal projects have been declining. At the same time, Chinese investments in India on solar projects are slowly increasing,” Jai Sharda, a founding partner with equity research Indian firm Equitorials, told IANS.

Greenpeace India senior campaigner Nandikesh Shivalingam says it is an opportunity for China to play a much more positive role.

“Given that India has an ambitious renewable energy target and China being the largest exporter of renewable energy equipment in the world, there would be an opportunity for China to play a much more positive role,” he said.

India’s draft “Ten Year Electricity Plan” calls for a staggering 275 GW of renewable energy by 2027, in addition to 72 GW of hydro and 15 GW of nuclear energy. (IANS)

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Indian Woman seeks refuge at Indian High Commission in Islamabad just 2 days after her Marriage to a Pakistani national

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New Delhi/Islamabad, May 7, 2017: An Indian woman has sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad just two days after her marriage to a Pakistani national, informed sources said.

Sources in New Delhi on Sunday said the woman sought help from the mission on May 5 and necessary consular assistance was being provided to her.

According to the sources, the Indian mission is in touch with the Pakistan Foreign Office and with the woman’s family in India as well in this connection.

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However, as per reports in the Pakistani media, the man approached police saying his wife had gone missing after they visited the Indian High Commission.

The woman, named Uzma, on May 3 married Pakistani national Tahir Ali, who she met in Malaysia some eight months ago.

The two met and fell in love in Malaysia, where he worked as a taxi driver. Uzma then travelled to Pakistan on May 1 via the Wagah-Attari border and the two contracted a court marriage on May 3, as per the Dawn daily, citing the request for help lodged at Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station.

Tahir Ali told the police that he went to the Indian mission with his wife Uzma to apply for Indian visa.

Dawn said Uzma had earlier telephoned her brother in New Delhi to relay the news of her wedding.

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Her brother reportedly asked her to visit India on her honeymoon and told her she could find a man named Adnan at the Indian High Commission who would be able to sort out the visa formalities for the trip.

Uzma then went inside the building on being called by officials while he stayed back, the report said.

When his wife did not return even after several hours, Ali asked Indian High Commission officials who claimed Uzma was not there.

Pakistani media said the matter had been taken up at the diplomatic level by Islamabad.

The Dawn quoted the Pakistani Foreign Office as saying it was in contact with the Indian mission “and the issue would be resolved soon”. (IANS)