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India’s Newest State to Hold 500-Megawatt Solar Auction

    Companies will be able to offer a tariff at which they would sell photovoltaic electricity. Those submitting bids to sell at the lowest rates will win, according to the rules. Financial bids will be opened on Oct. 7.


    World Bank Calls for Greater Use of Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

      The World Bank has reviewed the use of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol for hydropower development, concluding that developing countries should make greater use of it and that the bank should explore how to strengthen its financial sustainability


      World Bank reviews Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol

        The protocol is a tool for measuring the environmental, social, technical, financial, and economic aspects of a hydropower project’s performance. It was developed by a multi-stakeholder forum featuring representatives from industry, civil society,


        World’s longest power transmission link commissioned

          Power and automation technology group ABB has announced it has successfully commissioned the longest transmission link in the world, developed to bring electricity from two hydropower plants in the northwest of Brazil to São Paulo, the country’s main economic center.


          Promoting hydropower’s role in renewable energy systems

          Hydropower is the backbone of the renewable energy mix.

          • International Hydopower Association

          Hydropower has a central role to play in the grid of the future that will often be more based upon variable output renewable energy generation – especially wind and solar. Hydropower can act as a frequency regulator and energy store, and deliver a range of other ‘ancilliary’ benefits.


          Case Study: Using OPC Software To Operate Wind Farms in Spain

          • Darek Kominek
          • renewableenergyworld

          Wind power is increasingly becoming an established source of energy. High oil prices, global warming concerns and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima have all contributed to more people looking at renewable energy sources such as wind power...


          Nepal: dams, ill-planned development have made Sunkoshi valley vulnerable

          Five hydropower projects and large human settlement along Araniko highway should not have been there in the first place, says expert

          • Alok Gupta

          The landslide in valley of Sunkoshi mountain river in Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal has triggered an intense debate on unscientific and haphazard development in the geographically unstable regions of Nepal. The flooding and landslide in the region has transboundary impact, with Bihar facing flood threat. Nepal's Araniko highway runs through the region and is a crucial link to China...


          संसारकै सस्तो विद्युतीय कार

            चीनको साङ्घाई निवासी ५८ वर्षीय झाङ हाइटिङले आफ्नो एकल प्रयासमा सानो विद्युतीय कारको निर्माण गरेका छन् । यद्यपि, अन्य मानिसले पनि समयसमयमा आफ्नै एकल प्रयासमा कारको निर्माण गर्दै आएका छन् । तर, उनको यो निर्माण किन पनि फरक छ भने, यो कार वातावरणमैत्रीसमेत छ ।


            Power-pinched pockets

              A part from the “happy country” tag, Bhutan is also known, enviously, as the country with the cheapest electricity rates. Compared with the region, electricity is dirt-cheap in the country, but it is not going to be so, any longer.


              A new beginning with Nepal

              An early visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kathmandu will offer an opportunity to remove the accumulated cobwebs of mistrust between the two neighbours and focus on future potential

                Two Indian companies preparing to construct three big projects in Nepal have been given assurance by the Indian government that electricity generated by them will be imported at a time when...


                मोदीको भ्रमण तयारीका लागि भारतीय विदेशमन्त्री नेपाल आउने रञ्जीत रेको भनाइ

                नेपालका लागि भारतीय राजदुत रञ्जित रेले विदेश मन्त्री सुष्मा स्वराजको नेपाल भ्रमण भारतीय प्रधानमन्त्री नरेन्द्र मोदीको नेपाल भ्रमणको पूर्व तयारी भएको बताएका छन्

                  रिपोर्टर्स क्लबको साक्षात्कारमा बुधबार उनले नेपालमा हुने दुई देशका विदेशमन्त्री स्तरीय बैठकमा भाग लिन स्वराज नेपाल आउन लागेको जानकारी दिदै यसले नेपाल-भारत सम्बन्धमा नयाँ आयाम थपिने विश्वास ब्यक्त गरे......


                  Iran Seen Keeping Oil Sales Steady as Nuclear Talks Extended

                    Iran’s oil exports will remain near the highest level in two years as talks with six global powers over the Persian Gulf state’s nuclear program are extended for four more months, according to six analysts in a survey.


                    US Federal Government Forecasting Big Gains For Solar

                      This week, a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that most new electric generation capacity in the United States through 2040 will come from natural gas and renewable energy.


                      New Trade Rulings Boost China Wind, Solar in US

                        Neither of these rulings is the end of the story, and it’s still quite possible that Washington could prevail in one or both cases. But the WTO ruling in the solar case could be a tough one for Washington to fight, for reasons that I’ll explain shortly.


                        Light-duty vehicles’ share of transportation energy use is projected to fall

                          Transportation energy consumption, including energy demand from light-duty vehicles, heavy-duty vehicles, aircraft, marine vessels, rail, and other sources, reached 13.8 million barrels per day oil equivalent (boe/d) in 2012 (28% of all energy consumption in the United States), down from a peak of 14.6 million boe/d in 2007.


                          Japanese Manufacturer Expands Renewables Business, Acquires Solectria and The Switch

                          Japan-based Yaskawa Electric announced that it will expand its renewable business globally with the acquisition of US-based solar inverter maker Solectria Renewables and Finnish wind components maker The Switch.

                            Japanese machinery maker Yaskawa Electric Corp. announced will acquire US.-based inverter maker Solectria Renewables LLC and Finnish wind turbine components maker The Switch to expand its renewable energy business globally.


                            भारतको स्वच्छ ऊर्जा परियोजनामा लगानी गर्दै विश्व बैङ्क

                            भारतको स्वच्छ ऊर्जा परियोजनामा लगानी गर्दै विश्व बैङ्क, भारतको स्वच्छ ऊर्जा परियोजनामा विश्व बैङ्कले ७७ करोड ५० लाख डलर लगानी गर्ने भएको छ

                              भारतको स्वच्छ ऊर्जा परियोजनामा विश्व बैङ्कले ७७ करोड ५० लाख डलर लगानी गर्ने भएको छ । भारतको नयाँ सरकारले यस क्षेत्रलाई दिने वित्तीय तथा नीतिगत समर्थनले नवीकरणीय ऊर्जामाथिको लगानीलाई थप विस्तार गर्न सहयोग पुर्‍याउने अनुमान गरिएको छ । ‘नयाँ सरकारले स्वच्छ ऊर्जाप्रति देखाएको समर्थनको भावना प्रोत्साहनजनक छ


                              Major Indian economic aid package for Nepal expected to be announced during Narendra Modi’s visit

                                A major Indian economic aid package is expected to be announced during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal sometime early August.


                                Nepal wins hearts and minds with biogas boom

                                Villagers in Nepal are increasingly being persuaded that small biogas installations using human waste to provide fuel are not only desirable but are also helping to reduce deforestation of the Himalayas and carbon emissions.

                                  Sunita Bote, a 30-year-old housewife from the small village of Kumroj in eastern Nepal, was far from convinced when energy specialists from the capital city, Kathmandu, talked about the benefits of constructing a small biogas plant near her house.


                                  California continues to set daily records for utility scale solar energy

                                    The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) recorded a record midday hourly peak of 4,767 megawatts of alternating current (MWAC) of utility-generated solar electricity delivered into the California grid.


                                    The Columbia River Basin provides more than 40% of total U.S. hydroelectric generation

                                      Hydroelectric power plants located in the Columbia River Basin account for a little more than one third of all the hydroelectric capacity in the United States.


                                      SAARC Workshop on Cross Boarder Power Trade: Harmonizing Regulations and Policies

                                      SAARC Workshop on Cross Boarder Power Trade: Harmonizing Regulations and Policies

                                        SAARC Energy Centre (SEC) Islamabad together with Independent Power Producers’ Association, Nepal (IPPAN) and Independent Power Producer’s Association of India (IPPAI) as knowledge partner is organizing two-day conference in Kathmandu on ” Cross Boarder Power Trade: Harmonizing Regulations and Policies”


                                        ‘Investment in hydropower projects welcome’

                                        ‘Investment in hydropower projects welcome’

                                          Nepal is ready to roll out a red carpet to Indian investments in hydropower projects in the Himalayan country. “We have potential to generate 80,000 MW. Studies conducted by experts have confirmed that it is financially and technically viable to undertake projects to produce 45,000 MW immediately,” Nepal’s Consul-General Chandra Kumar Ghimire has said.


                                          रूसी कटौतीका कारण ईयूमा ग्यास अभाव

                                            रूस र युक्रेन मूल्य विवादको सहमतिमा पुग्न नसकेकाले हिउँदमा ग्यास अभाव हुने चेतावनी ईयूले दिएको छ । युरोपेली संघका ऊर्जा आयुक्त गुएन्थर ओटिन्जरले आगामी हिउँदमा २८ सदस्यीय ब्लकले ग्यास अभावको सामना गर्नुपर्ने चेतावनी दिएका छन् ।


                                            Time to Swap Power Plants for Giant Batteries? Almost

                                            Time to Swap Power Plants for Giant Batteries? Almost

                                              High costs have limited the use batteries in the electricity grid, but emerging technologies will make batteries a more compelling way to supply power during hours of peak demand. And they'll do it soon, say battery firm executives.


                                              Hawaii’s Solar Conundrum: Can Energy Storage Save the Day?

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                                              Hawaii’s lead utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and other utilities in the islands have found that solar photovoltaics installations have grown far faster than their isolated grids can adapt to the intermittent flood of peak time energy.


                                              Russia cuts off gas supply to Ukraine as deadline passes

                                                Ukraine and Russia fail to agree compromise deal over gas prices and unpaid bills but EC hopes accord can still be reached


                                                Coal's share of energy market at highest level since 1970

                                                  Use of coal for power generation and other purposes grew by 3% in 2013 – faster than any other fossil fuel


                                                  Solar Energy Increasingly Considered a Safe, Attractive Investment

                                                    Pension fund managers are investing more in solar energy, undeterred by declining returns because the industry is considered a safe alternative to traditional securities such as government bonds.


                                                    New Financing Vehicle for Mekong Solar and Wind Energy

                                                      Armstrong Asset Management has forged a new partnership agreement with The Blue Circle for wind and solar project financing in the Mekong Region of Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.