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NEC Aims to Enter India’s Multi-Billion Dollar Smart Energy Market

NEC Asia Pacific is aiming to tap the multi-billion dollar smart energy development sector in India over the next three years, a senior official has stated. "India will be a key market in NEC's Asia Pacific business plan from this year onwards," said Manish Kasliwal, head of the company's smart energy business centre in Singapore. "India will account for 40 per cent of the USD 200 million Asian revenue proj ...

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China’s Wind Industry Expecting a Brighter 2013

China's wind power industry continued retrenching in 2012 which started a year earlier with slower installed capacity growth and a continuing power rationing problem. This resulted in slower growth in wind power generation and wind power companies' deteriorated performance. The National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on April 9 that China generated 100.8 billion kWh of wind power in 2012, up 41 perce ...

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Japan to Install World’s Largest Storage Battery for Renewables

Dramatic renewable energy development is taking place in Japan that its power grids can no longer handle the influx of clean electricity. As a result, the country will install the world’s largest battery at an electrical substation in Hokkaido where there is a high concentration of solar projects. According to Kyodo News Service, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced the battery will hav ...

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Klong Koh Pee Dam in Phuket to be Repaired

It has been announced that the Klong Koh Pee public dam in Chalong – which has been out of action for almost two years – is going to be repaired. Phuket Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosuthirak visited the dam with representatives of the Damrongtham Center – the province’s ombudsman – and local authorities on April 19th. The dam was built two years ago in order to end water shortages among local residents, bu ...

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India’s ‘Waterman’ on Another Crusade

Rajendra Singh - the Magsaysay award winning 'waterman' of India -- is on a crusade yet again. On Friday, he announced a Jal Jan Jodo Abhiyan to mobilize the masses against the "flawed water policies", targeting 'water mismanagement in Maharashtra', and the proposed multi-crore water desalination plants in Kunnur (Kerala), Maharashtra, Andhra and Odisha. Singh will start the campaign from Kunnur, Kerala on ...

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Chennai’s Cholavaram Reservoir Almost Dry

This is a situation the city has been dreading all along. The Cholavaram reservoir, one of the four main sources of water for Chennai, is almost dry and the water level has hit dead storage. Fearing that whatever water left in the reservoir will be lost to evaporation, officials are using pumps to draw water and store it in the Red Hills reservoir, seven km away. With the monsoon failing badly, water storag ...

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Tata Power to Construct 28.8 MW Solar Plant in Maharashtra

Tata Power plans to set up a 28.8 MW solar plant near Satara, Maharashtra during this fiscal year, as a part of its strategy to meet its clean energy capacity target, a top company official has said. "This will be our second solar plant in Maharashtra. We will be spending over Rs 230 crore this fiscal for setting up the project," said company's Executive Director ( Finance) S Ramakrishnan. Currently, the co ...

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India and Bangladesh In Biggest Ever Coal Joint Venture

Bangladesh on Saturday signed its biggest ever joint venture agreement with India involving investment $1.6 billion for 1,320 MW coal-fired power plant which is expected to be operational in the next five years. "This will be the largest investment Bangladesh ever had ... this will be cheapest source of energy (after hydropower) to accelerate the country s economic growth," Prime Minister's energy affairs a ...

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Funding for Micro-Hydropower in Malakand Division

A foreign-funded initiative aims to install some 240 micro-hydro-power generation units in militancy-affected parts of Malakand Division in an effort to benefit community infrastructure and ease poverty. "An investment of €40m (Rs. 5.1 billion) is being made available to set up micro-hydro-power units in parts of Malakand lacking electricity supply lines," Shamsul Mulk, chief executive officer of the NGO Sa ...

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Malaysia EC Selects Consortia for 2,000MW Coal Project

Malaysia's Energy Commission (EC) has selected five companies to tender for the 2,000MW Project 3B coal-fired power plant. The proposed plant will be developed at the respective consortia's site at an estimated cost of MYR12bn ($3bn). The EC received seven request for qualification submissions on 11 March for Project 3B. The power plant will be constructed on a new site in the peninsula and commissioned in ...

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