The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and France on technical bilateral cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy. The MoU was signed on 3rd October, 2018.

Salient Features

          India and France aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity. The technical cooperation will cover joint research working groups, pilot projects, capacity building programs, study tour, case studies and the sharing of experience/expertise.

Benefits

          The MoU will help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between India and France.

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Air pollution is one of the biggest global environmental challenges of today. A time bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was today launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi.

“Collaborative and participatory approach involving relevant Central Ministries, State Governments, local bodies and other Stakeholders with focus on all sources of pollution forms the crux of the Programme.” said the Union Environment Minister.Dr Harsh Vardhan further informed that taking into account the available international experiences and national studies, the tentative national level target of 20%–30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024 is proposed under the NCAP taking 2017 as the base year for the comparison of concentration. “Overall objective of the NCAP is comprehensive mitigation actions for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution besides augmenting the air quality monitoring network across the country and strengthening the awareness and capacity building activities.” the minister further added.

 

CEO NITI Aayog , Shri Amitabh Kant who was also present at the launch said that NCAP is a path breaking initiative and one of the most critical and most significant programme as it addresses one of the most alarming challenges of urbanization i.e. air pollution. “Today cities occupy just 3% of the land, but contribute to 82% of GDP and responsible for 78% of Carbon dioxide emissions; cities though are engines of growth and equity but they have to be sustainable and it is in this context that NCAP being a very inclusive program holds special relevance.” said Shri Kant.

 

The NCAP will be a mid-term, five-year action plan with 2019 as the first year. However, the international experiences and national studies indicate that significant outcome in terms of air pollution initiatives are visible only in the long-term, and hence the programme may be further extended to a longer time horizon after a mid-term review of the outcomes. The approach for NCAP includes collaborative, multi-scale and cross-sectoral coordination between the relevant central ministries, state governments and local bodies. Dovetailing of the existing policies and programmes including the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) and other initiatives of Government of India in reference to climate change will be done while execution of NCAP.

 

There will be use of the Smart Cities program to launch the NCAP in the 43 smart cities falling in the list of the 102 non-attainment cities. The NCAP is envisaged to be dynamic and will continue to evolve based on the additional scientific and technical information as they emerge. The NCAP will be institutionalized by respective ministries and will be organized through inter-sectoral groups, which include, Ministry of Road Transport and Highway, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, NITI Aayog, CPCB, experts from the industry, academia, and civil society. The program will partner with multilateral and bilateral international organizations, and philanthropic foundations and leading technical institutions to achieve its outcomes.

City specific action plans are being formulated for 102 non-attainment cities identified for implementing mitigation actions under NCAP. Cities have already prepared action plans in consultation with CPCB. Institutional Framework at Centre and State Level comprising of Apex Committee at the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change in the Centre and at Chief Secretary Level in the States are to be constituted.

In addition, sectoral working groups, national level Project Monitoring Unit, Project Implementation Unit, state level project monitoring unit, city level review committee under the Municipal Commissioner and DM level Committee in the Districts are to be constituted under NCAP for effective implementation and success of the Programme.

 

Other features of NCAP include, increasing number of monitoring stations in the country including rural monitoring stations, technology support, emphasis on awareness and capacity building initiatives, setting up of certification agencies for monitoring equipment, source apportionment studies, emphasis on enforcement, specific sectoral interventions etc.

 

The launch ceremony was attended by more than 150 participants representing central and state governments, industries, national & international organizations, Universities and research institutes from across the country.

The list of 102 cities chosen for this intervention is as follows:

 

Non-Attainment cities with respect to Ambient Air Quality India
(2011-2015) and WHO report 2014/2018

 

Sl. No

State

Cities Sl. No

Cities

1

Andhra Pradesh

  1.  

Guntur

  1.  

Kurnool

  1.  

Nellore

  1.  

Vijaywada

  1.  

Vishakhapatnam

2

Assam

  1.  

Guwahati

  1.  

Nagaon

  1.  

Nalbari

  1.  

Sibsagar

  1.  

Silchar

3

Chandigarh

  1.  

Chandigarh

4

Chattisgarh

  1.  

Bhillai

  1.  

Korba

  1.  

Raipur

5

Delhi

  1.  

Delhi

6

Gujarat

  1.  

Surat

  1.  

Ahmedabad

7

Himachal Pradesh

  1.  

Baddi

  1.  

Damtal

  1.  

Kala Amb

  1.  

Nalagarh

  1.  

Paonta Sahib

  1.  

Parwanoo

  1.  

Sunder Nagar

8

Jammu & Kashmir

  1.  

Jammu

  1.  

Srinagar

9

Jharkhand

  1.  

Dhanbad

10

Karnataka

  1.  

Bangalore

  1.  

Devanagere

  1.  

Gulburga

  1.  

Hubli-Dharwad

11

Madhya Pradesh

  1.  

Bhopal

  1.  

Dewas

  1.  

Indore

  1.  

Sagar

  1.  

Ujjain

  1.  

Gwalior

12

Maharashtra

  1.  

Akola

  1.  

Amravati

  1.  

Aurangabad

  1.  

Badlapur

  1.  

Chandrapur

  1.  

Jalgaon

  1.  

Jalna

  1.  

Kolhapur

  1.  

Latur

  1.  

Mumbai

  1.  

Nagpur

  1.  

Nashik

  1.  

Navi Mumbai

  1.  

Pune

  1.  

Sangli

  1.  

Solapur

  1.  

Ulhasnagar

13

Meghalaya

  1.  

Byrnihat

14

Nagaland

  1.  

Dimapur

  1.  

Kohima

15

Orissa

  1.  

Angul

  1.  

Balasore

  1.  

Bhubneshwar

  1.  

Cuttack

  1.  

Rourkela

  1.  

Talcher

16

Punjab

  1.  

DeraBassi

  1.  

Gobindgarh

  1.  

Jalandhar

  1.  

Khanna

  1.  

Ludhiana

  1.  

NayaNangal

  1.  

Pathankot/Dera Baba

  1.  

Patiala

  1.  

Amritsar

17

Rajasthan

  1.  

Alwar

  1.  

Jaipur

  1.  

Jodhpur

  1.  

Kota

  1.  

Udaipur

18

Tamilnadu

  1.  

Tuticorin

19

Telangana

  1.  

Hydrabad

  1.  

Nalgonda

  1.  

Patencheru

20

Uttar Pradesh

  1.  

Agra

  1.  

Allahabad

  1.  

Anpara

  1.  

Bareily

  1.  

Firozabad

  1.  

Gajraula

  1.  

Ghaziabad

  1.  

Jhansi

  1.  

Kanpur

  1.  

Khurja

  1.  

Lucknow

  1.  

Muradabad

  1.  

Noida

  1.  

Raebareli

  1.  

Varanasi

21

Uttarakhand

  1.  

Kashipur

  1.  

Rishikesh

22

West Bengal

  1.  

Kolkata

23

Bihar

  1.  

Patna

  1.  

Gaya

  1.  

Muzaffarpur

 

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Shri RK Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy announced the completion of the project to replace 50,000 conventional electricity meters with smart meters in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area here today. Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Super Energy Service Company (ESCO) under Ministry of Power has implemented this project. With this, NDMC has become the first distribution company (DISCOM) in India to implement 100 per cent smart metering solution. The adoption of smart meters will enhance consumer convenience and rationalise electricity consumption.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri RK Singh said, “India is making rapid strides in providing universal access to affordable power. The Government of India is accelerating the adoption of smart meters to ensure efficient management of electricity by checking data-entry errors, billing inefficiencies, and cutting the costs of manual meter reading through web-based monitoring system. Smart Meters will revolutionise the power sector through their vast cascade of benefits including reduced AT&C losses, better health of DISCOMs, incentivisation of energy conservation and ease of bill payments. Further, this move will generate skilled employment for the youth. I congratulate EESL on implementing the programme successfully.”

The occasion was graced by Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Shri Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India

Shri and Shri Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC

 

EESL and NDMC also signed an MoU to install public e-charging stations. The initiative is undertaken to collaborate on promoting Electric Vehicles (including two wheelers) in the NDMC area.

The event also included the launch of smart meter feature on NDMC 311 mobile application enabling the consumers to access various services at the tap of a finger. The smart meter tab has been added to NDMC app’s home screen. Through this convenient and easy-to-use app, consumers can now get complete clarity on their energy habits and consumption through detailed and personalised insights. Rounded Rectangle: FEATURES OF NDMC’s SMART METER MOBILE APPLICATION - 311• My Profile: Shows the user’s profile• Today’s Details: Provides latest consumption and instantaneous reading• Consumption Pattern: User’s consumption pattern for the last 7, 15 and 30 days. This helps in comparing one’s historical consumption with their current one• Complaints: Users can register complaints for quick resolution• Manage Accounts: If you have more than one meter at your premises,you can check the details by putting the consumer and meter number as mentioned in ‘step 6’• Load pattern: Shows the load pattern of the household• FAQ: Provides answer to all the basic and frequently asked questions • Energy Saving Tips: A quick guide on saving energy in our day-to-day life• Contact Us: To contact the relevant department, in case of any issue

 

 

 

Within a short duration, 50,000 smart meters have been installed and integrated with the NDMC IT legacy system. The adoption of Smart Meters will lead to total annual savings of Rs. 12.47 crores to NDMC which include revenue due to improvement in billing efficiency. The AT&C losses are estimated to be 12.63 percent (Source: DERC Tariff Order FY2018-19).

 

Smart meters are part of the overall Advanced Metering Infrastructure solution (AMI) that measures and records consumers’ electricity usage at different times of the day and sends this information to the energy supplier through over-the-air communication technology. This gives consumers better access to information and enables them to make more informed decisions on the use of electricity in their homes, leading to reduced power wastage, and providing long-term carbon and financial savings.

NDMC will benefit from enhanced consumer satisfaction level resulting from better complaint management, faster restoration of outages, awareness of optimised consumption pattern, and improvement in system stability, reliability and transparency.

Commenting on the feat, Shri Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC said, “NDMC has adopted the Smart Meters Programme as a part of aligning with the Government’s plan to upgrade our national energy system. We aim to play a vital role in India’s journey towards becoming a lower-carbon economy and an energy-secure nation. We are glad to lead the way in India’s smart meter revolution.”

Speaking at the occasion, Shri Rajeev Sharma, Chairman, EESL said, “We are pleased to support NDMC in their pursuit of energy sustainability and adoption of future-ready technologies like Smart Meters. Thrust on such efficient systems is critical for consumption and growth in a sustainable manner enabling the consumers to make informed decisions about their energy behaviour.”

About the project:

EESL has funded and built the Smart Metering (AMI) Solution in the project area. It will also operate and manage the system enabling NDMC to benefit from smart meters with zero upfront financial investment. NDMC’s repayment to EESL will be through the monetisation of energy savings, resulting from enhanced billing accuracy, avoided meter reading costs and other efficiencies. This includes the immediate elimination of the cost of manual meter readings. These savings further enable NDMC to invest in value-added services for its consumers. 
 

NMDC’s large-scale adoption of smart meters is a significant measure towards future-ready technologies. Smart meters pave the way for the smart grid as they enable two-way real-time communication between DISCOMs and consumers through GPRS technology.          

Implementing smart meters is one of the operational performance parameters under the Government of India’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The scheme would help in reducing AT&C losses. It will also help in monitoring round-the-clock power supply eventually leading to greater efficiency and a pathway to meeting the government’s vision of 24X7 Power for All. Under its Smart Meters National Programme, EESL aims to replace 25 crore conventional meters with smart meters in India.

 

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Marking the adoption of e-mobility, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India has signed an agreement with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), an entity under Ministry of Power for deployment of 15 Electric Vehicles for their officers. Also, 28 charging points (24 Slow charging points, 4 Fast Charging Points) have been installed at North Block for charging these vehicles. With these 15 EVs, Department of Economic Affairs is expected to save over 36,000 litres of fuel every year and will also lead to a reduction of over 440 tonnes of CO2 annually.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley, said, “Electric mobility, is an attractive, sustainable and profitable solution to mitigate the climate change and to reduce the risk posed by vehicular emission to public health. EVs have the potential to support India’s growth by enhancing manufacturing, job creation, and technical capabilities. We are glad to be a part of India’s mission of rapid adoption of e-mobility.”

 

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R K Singh said, “The Indian Government is committed to usher in an era of clean, green and future-oriented technologies in the country. Today, we have achieved yet another milestone in that direction. The Government is promoting e-mobility by taking a lead in changing the fleet of cars used for official purposes with electric cars and at the same time creating the right policy framework enabling this ecosystem and to support its adoption.”

 

With this development, the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance begins its transition towards a reduced carbon footprint and a more environmentally sustainable future. It also marks its participation in India’s e-mobility goal. Several stakeholders across the nation are already implementing many initiatives to support electric mobility with more expected to join the effort.

 

The Department of Expenditure has also issued an office memorandum for all the government offices in Delhi/NCR to switch to electric vehicles. Adoption of electric vehicles will reduce dependence on oil imports and promote power capacity addition in India thereby enhancing energy security of the country. It will further reduce GHG emissions from the transport sector and also reduce the impact of pollution level in the cities.

 

EESL has received an encouraging response from Central Government departments and across states. So far, Agreements and MoUs have been signed with Central and State Government departments in Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Administration and Telangana. EESL is in advanced negotiations with other state governments across India. The recent guidelines on charging infrastructure provide a thrust to private & public charging stations ensuring access & availability for consumers. Further, the inclusion of CCS & CHAdeMO under charging infra standards is set to encourage automakers to offer higher range EVs. This will remove barriers like range and build confidence for EV consumers.

 

Towards enabling the Indian government’s e-mobility vision, EESL first plans to replace the government’s 5,00,000 conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) cars with electric variants. EESL has also established charging infrastructure across all states where EVs are being deployed.

 

The signing ceremony took place in the august presence of Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs; Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy; Shri Ajay Bhushan Pandey, Secretary, Department of Revenue; Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Finance Secretary & Secretary (Expenditure); Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs; and Shri Ajay Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power.

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