In 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) introduced a notification asking coal-based thermal power plants (TPPs) to comply with stringent emission norms. The TPPs were given a fixed deadline of December 2017 to mandatorily comply with the norms.

Clean power is a must in today’s climate stressed world. Therefore, there is a clear need to strengthen the policy mechanisms to incentivize cleaner power and bring in deterrence mechanisms to check non-implementation.

After years of battling air pollution, the time has come to assess what has worked, what has not, and what more is needed to clean the air of Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR). It took a pandemic induced lockdown to understand what it takes to witness a blue sky. But lockdowns are not the answer.

Industry representatives (of rooftop solar companies) need to come together and forward to put up a unified proposal to state governments suggesting the lifting of caps and limits but at the same time making it clear that there are no objections to reasonable grid support charges decided by state regulators for distribution utilities.

The National Clean Air Action Plan (NCAP) was formulated in 2019 to create time-bound strategies to reduce concentration of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) by 20–30 per cent by 2024 (from the 2017 baseline).

Wind energy is an abundant natural resource and its intelligent use will serve the country well. But India's remarkable progress in the RE sector has largely sidelined wind power in favour of solar energy.

Agra, located on the western bank of river Yamuna, 206 km south of the national capital New Delhi, is a culturally rich and historically important city. It is home to as many as 48 protected monuments (as per Archaeological Survey of India’s classification).

The impact of COVID-19 on the relatively small DRE sector is upsetting. A mechanism needs to be developed to support small enterprises working in the DRE sector, which are more prone to risks and shocks. Further, a paradigm change in thinking is required to address the gender issue in employment.

There is a clear technical and resource utilization justification for repowering. Repowering has the potential to increase energy generation by more than six times by using modern wind turbines and throwing in solar power into the mix, thus making the best use of natural resources as well as the power evacuation system.

The rooftop solar sector is nowhere near the intended levels if we consider the official target of 40 GW, as only about 6 GW has been realized so far, with over 80 per cent of it coming from installations at the commercial and industrial (C&I) level.

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