THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
14 AUGUST 2018
Environment : Energy
SURPLUS POWER
Is RE becoming too much of a good thing?

As the share of renewable energy rises, it brings with it new challenges. Going forward, the management of surplus power will be critical, says a new report from the Brookings Institute.

Economy

INDIAN RAILWAYS
Rail link to coal is becoming unsustainable
How much longer can coal transport continue to subsidise passenger fares? In a changing landscape for power production and transmission, Indian Railways and the Government will need to make new choices, says a new research report published by Brookings India.

Public Funds Transport Economy
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker
Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

Economy Environment
SOLAR POWER
Meet the solar sisters
In remote villages of Rajasthan women are assembling small, portable solar lamps and then travelling to different hamlets in the region to retail them. Renu Rakesh reports.

Business Women
ELECTRIFICATION DRIVE
Lessons for rural electrification from a weaving village
If electrification drives remain focused only on village electrification, connections and lighting, 'Gaaon Ka Vikaas Garv Ke Saath' will remain just rhetoric. Anjali Sharma, Ann Josey, and Sreekumar N report.

Government MAHARASHTRA
NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS
How badly designed and unsafe
The 30th and 5th anniversaries this year of the Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear power plant accidents respectively are the right occasions to examine India’s record in this sector, writes Darryl D’Monte.

Environmental Hazards Environment Government
SOLAR MISSION DISPUTE
Trade rules and what they eclipse
The ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO)’s dispute settlement body (DSB) in a complaint filed by USA against elements of India’s solar mission is again in the news. Shalini Bhutani helps to piece together the sequence of events and points out how the global trade architecture keeps domestic laws and policies under intense scrutiny. She also reminds us of the real danger of abandoning the development agenda of the global trade body.

Trade Environment
MAHESHWAR HYDROPOWER PROJECT
Turning a full circle
The situation that Maheshwar Project is in, brings sharply into focus the issue of accountability of those responsible for the decisions that impact millions of people, involve thousands of crores of rupees and vast natural resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary hopes that Maheshwar would also offer a chance to demonstrate how those liable for the mess can be held accountable.

Displacement M.P. Human Rights
CAG AUDIT OF DISCOMS
To audit or not to audit
Has the CAG overstepped its mandate by auditing the capital’s three power distributors at the behest of the ruling Delhi government? While the recent High Court ruling seems to indicate that, Himanshu Upadhyaya argues why the draft audit report must not be rejected.

Government
ENERGY MONITORING
Making power supply data a tool for progress
Pune-based NGO Prayas Energy’s ESMI programme provides easily comprehensible data on the extent and quality of power supply in regions across the country, which can be used to demand accountability as well as enable social research. Manasi Mathkar reports.

Agriculture Environment Government
PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD
Coal energy and pollution: Can communities fight the threat?
A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared valuable inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Environmental Hazards Public Health Health
POWER PROJECT IMBROGLIO
What ails Sikkim’s Teesta hydropower project?
The 1200-MW Teesta III hydroelectric project has already seen years of missed deadlines and huge cost overruns, but more serious threats loom ahead as the promoter fights its own internal battles. Soumik Dutta has more on the various problems plaguing the project.

Law and Order Economy Government Sikkim
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY
‘Lighting up’ the lives of the poor
A renewable energy project covering three of Odisha’s most backward villages has gone beyond the immediate promise of providing electricity, bringing about perceptible and deeper changes in the quality of lives of the local people. Abhijit Mohanty reports on the project.

Government Poverty Odisha
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