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Gives the updates on latest news in the energy policy sector.

Daily price revision of Petrol and Diesel from June 16, 2017

Petrol and diesel prices are to be revised daily from June 16, 2017. The price change will take place at 6 a.m every day. Under the new daily revision system, even the smallest change in international oil prices can be passed down to consumers.

Till now, Three PSU oil marketing companies revised the rates on the 1st and 16th of every month based on average international crude oil prices and foreign exchange rates. Daily price revision follows a successful experiment in five cities - Chandigarh, Jamshedpur, Puducherry, Udaipur and Vizag - where daily price change started from May 1.

Users can know the daily price by visiting the link https://www.iocl.com/TotalProductList.aspx or through the mobile app Fuel@IOC - IndianOil (available for Android and iOS users).

Source : NDTV

First Rural LED Street Lighting Project to be implemented in Andhra Pradesh

Government of India, through the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) under the Ministry of Power, would be retrofitting 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh. This is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP). In the first phase, the replacement will be undertaken in gram panchayats of the districts of Guntur, Prakasham, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Ananthapur and Chittoor.

This replacement drive in rural areas will help the gram panchayats to cumulatively save approximately 147 million units of electricity annually and lead to reduction of 12 crore tonnes of CO2. The entire upfront capital cost of this project is being funded by French Development Agency Agence Française de Développement (AFD). As part of the project, EESL would be carrying out the entire annual maintenance and warranty replacement in these gram panchayats for a period of 10 years.

Source: PIB

BS-IV grade transportation fuels launched across the country

The increasing consumption of oil is directly linked to atmospheric pollution, and the health impact of the deteriorating ambient air quality linked to combustion of fuels is of serious concern in urban areas worldwide.

The Government of India has taken several policy measures and significant interventions to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency.  India has followed the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards termed as Bharat Stage (BS). The transition has been in phases, considering the time and money that is required at the refinery end and in terms of vehicle production.

  • India’s fuel quality standards have been gradually tightened since the mid-1990s. The fuel upgradation programme took off with notification of vehicular emission norms for new vehicles in 1991.
  • The emission norms were revised in 1996. Low-lead gasoline was introduced in 1994 in the four metros, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
  • On Feb 1, 2000, unleaded gasoline was mandated nationwide.
  • BS 2000 (Euro I equivalent, Bharat Stage I) vehicle emission norms were introduced for new vehicles from April 2000.
  • Bharat Stage II (Euro II equivalent) emission norms for new cars were introduced in Delhi from the year 2000 and extended to the other three metro cities in the year 2001.
  • The emission norms for CNG and LPG vehicles were notified in the year 2000 and 2001, respectively. BS-III was implemented in phases during 2005-2010.
  • The current BS-IV fuel with 50 ppm (parts per million) sulphur was introduced in the year 2010 and it was to cover the entire country by 1-4-2017.
  • In 2016, the Govt. of India decided to meet international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI norms by skipping BS-V altogether by 1st April, 2020.

Migration to BS-IV fuels shows India’s resolve to cut down emissions.

Source: PIB

Record Capacity Addition of Wind Power of 5400MW in Last Fiscal

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has set another record in the wind power capacity addition by adding over 5400 MW in 2016-17 against the target of 4000 MW. This year’s achievement surpassed the previous higher capacity addition of 3.423 MW achieved in the previous year.

The leading States in the wind power capacity addition during 2016-17 are Andhra Pradesh 2190 MW, followed by Gujarat 1275 MW and Karnataka 882 MW. In addition Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra ,Telangana and Kerala have reported 357 MW, 288 MW, 262 MW, 118 MW , 23 MW and 8 MW wind power capacity addition respectively during 2016-17. These figures are tentative.

During 2016-17 MNRE has taken various policy initiatives in the wind energy sector that includes Introduction of Bidding in Wind Energy Sector, Re -powering Policy, Draft Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy, New Guidelines for Development of Wind Power Projects, etc.

Source: PIB

Solar Energy Scheme for Small Powerloom Units

Government has approved a new scheme to provide financial assistance/capital subsidy to small powerloom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant, in order to alleviate the problem of power cut/ shortage faced by decentralized powerloom units in the country.

Under the Solar Energy Scheme, the plants have two options:

  • On-Grid Solar Power Plant where power cut/shortage is negligible and power tariff is high
  • Off-Grid Solar Power Plant in areas where there is power shortage & on-grid power is not continuously available.

Financial assistance/capital subsidy to be given under the scheme is as follows:

Sl. no

Capacity in terms of Kilo Watt Pick (KWP)

Estimated cost of Equipment and component

Maximum subsidy

( in rupees)

For On-Grid Solar Power Plant

For Off-Grid Solar Power Plant

For On-Grid Solar Power Plant

For Off-Grid Solar Power Plant

1

4 KWP (Typically suitable for 04 looms)

General @ 50%

4,50,000/-

 

5,50,000/-

 

2,25,000/-

 

2,75,000/-

 

SC @ 75%

3,37,500/-

4,12,500/-

ST @ 90%

4,05,000/-

4,95,000/-

2

6 KWP (Typically suitable for 06 looms)

General @ 50%

6,00,000/-

7,50,000/-

3,00,000/-

3,75,000/-

SC @ 75%

4,50,000/-

5,62,500/-

ST @ 90%

5,40,000/-

6,75,000/-

3

8 KWP (Typically suitable for 08 looms)

General @ 50%

7,50,000/-

9,50,000/-

3,75,000/-

4,75,000/-

SC @ 75%

5,62,500/-

7,12,500/-

ST @ 90%

6,75,000/-

8,55,000/-

 

The Scheme will come into force with effect from 01.04.2017.

Source: PIB

ered price of ethanol for the EBP Programme will be Rs.39/- per litre.
  • Additionally, charges will be paid to the ethanol suppliers as per actuals in case of Excise Duty and VAT/GST and transportation charges as decided by OMCs.
  • If the need arises to increase/reduce the retail selling price of Petrol by Public Sector OMCs, then such increase/reduction would proportionately factor in the requirement of maintaining the fixed cost of purchase of ethanol during the ethanol supply year.
  • The prices of ethanol will be reviewed and suitably revised by Government at any time during the ethanol supply period that is from 1st December, 2016 to 30th November, 2017 depending upon the prevailing economic situation and other relevant factors.

The revision in ethanol prices will facilitate the continued policy of the Government in providing price stability and remunerative prices for ethanol suppliers.

Source : PIB

E Carts and E Rickshaws freed from permit requirements

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a Gazette Notification that serves to free e rickshaws and e carts from permit requirements. According to the notification, the provisions of the sub-section (1) of section 66 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 will not apply to e-carts and e-rickshaws (as defined in section 2A of the said Act,) that are used for carrying goods or passengers with personal luggage. This means that vehicles that are registered as e carts or e – rickshaws will not require any permits. State Governments can however impose restrictions under appropriate traffic laws on plying of these vehicles in specific areas or specific roads.

Source : PIB

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