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The cleaning of the cook stove

April 4, 2017 Recent press reports indicate some very welcome trends in cleaning up the cooking fuel being used. State run oil companies have reported signing up 30 million cooking gas consumers in 2016-17, with 2/3 of them from poorer families. In the last 3 years, the number active LPG consumers have gone up by 58 million from 140 million in 2014 to 198 million in 2017. This means that 71% of Indian households now have access to clean cooking gas. Continue Reading>>


Staying on track from Paris: Meeting India’s climate and energy goals

February 9, 2017 This paper provides an overview of India’s approach to climate action, its polices, as well as the landscape of challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Continue Reading>>


Improving City Bus Systems in India

December 21, 2016 An efficient public transport system is a key pre-requisite for the sustained development of a city. It helps citizens to meet their travel needs in an economical, safe and energy efficient manner. However, cities in India have not invested adequately in developing good quality public transport systems. Only 63 of the 458 Indian cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants have a formal city bus system. Continue Reading>>


Leading a shift in the narrative on clean energy access in India

November 28, 2016 The last few years have seen rapid growth in India’s decentralized renewable energy (DRE) sector with the development of various innovative technical solutions and models. Off-grid solutions have evolved with the falling cost of renewable energy based power and enhanced awareness levels of end-users. Continue Reading>>


Agreement reached for HFC phasedown at Kigali

October 20, 2016 India submitted an amendment proposal for phasing down the use of HFCs under the Montreal Protocol at the thirty-fifth Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 35) in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2015. This submission was the first time that India indicated its willingness to agree on a HFC phase down under the auspices of the Montreal Protocol. This development in part paved the way for an amendment to be agreed in Kigali in 2016. Continue Reading>>


The Promise Of Mini Grids

September 13, 2016 In a collaborative effort, Shakti and the Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN) contributed an article on renewable energy-based mini grids to Smart Power India’s July 2016 newsletter. Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) is an important last- mile intervention that has immense potential to meet India’s electricity needs. DRE- based micro and mini grid solutions offer a number of technical and economic benefits- low gestation periods, reasonable size and economy, capacity to supply to domestic as well as enterprise loads, and the ability to interact with the utility grid. Continue Reading>>


Demand Side Management

April 1, 2016 With rapid population increase, India’s electricity demand has also multiplied manifold. This energy challenge can be addressed by strengthening the supply side infrastructure as well as Demand Side Management (DSM). In this special article featuring in the Journal of Governance (Page 21), Krishan Dhawan (CEO, Shakti) , Deepak Gupta & Vrinda Sarda (Power team, Shakti) highlight DSM as a potential resource to alter electricity consumption through load reduction and load management techniques. Continue Reading>>


Leading for the Future

April 1, 2016 The Standard Offer Programme for energy efficient lighting was conceptualized by Shakti Sustainable with the objective of bringing down the high cost of LEDs and to facilitate the adoption of LED based lighting systems through demand aggregation. The programme offered a compelling model for energy efficiency lighting in Puducherry, anticipating a host of benefits to consumers, distribution companies and society. It has also sowed the seeds for the nation-wide transformation of India’s LED market. View the brochure here. Continue Reading>>


Wealth from waste

March 4, 2016 Rapid urbanisation and industrialisation and increasing household income are leading to higher waste volumes in India. The safe and effective disposal of this increasing level of waste generation is a key concern for authorities at local, state and government level. One way forward is the promotion of large-scale co-processing in the cement industry, and efforts to create a more conducive regulatory environment are in progress. Continue Reading>>


Role of Intermediate Public Transport in Indian Cities

March 4, 2016 Policymakers must recognise the intermediate public transport systems like autorickshaws and private buses which provide transport services where city bus and other mass transit systems cannot meet the dynamic demands of urban residents. Integrating these intermediate systems with various mass transit systems is essential to meet urban India’s transport challenges. Continue Reading>>


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