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TITLE GREEN AMBITIONS
HEADLINE Policy tweaks and incentives are needed to meet the renewable energy targets
GREEN AMBITIONS In a surprising statement this month, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh said India would overshoot its target of installing 175 gigawatts of capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022. India was on track, he said, to hit 225 GW of renewable capacity by then. Technological and financial challenges remain: both wind and solar generation could be erratic(unpredictable), and India's creaky electricity grid must be modernised to distribute such power efficiently Meanwhile, wind and solar tariffs have hit such low levels that suppliers are working with wafer-thin margins.
GREEN AMBITIONS Manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) cells have demanded a 70% safeguard duty on Chinese PV imports, and the Directorate General of Trade Remedies will soon take a call on this. But any such duty will deal a body blow to solar-power suppliers, who rely heavily on Chinese hardware, threatening the growth of the sector.
GREEN AMBITIONS The reason? Homeowners aren't warming up to the idea of installing photovoltaic panels on their terraces because the economics does not work out for them. Compared to industries and commercial establishments, a home typically needs less power and will not use everything it generates. So, homeowners need to be able to sell electricity back to the grid, which in turn needs a nationwide "net-metering" policy
GREEN AMBITIONS Conclusion Such challenges can be overcome with the right incentives, but they will take time to kick in.The good news is that even if India hits the 175 GW target, it stands to meet its greenhouse-gas emission goal under the Paris climate agreement.This in itself will be a worthy achievement.
TITLE THE MISSINGTIERS
HEADLINE The disempowerment and depoliticisation of urban local government has happened in multiple ways
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