energy-starved Sri Lanka has levied a tax on incandescent bulbs of over 40 watts and soon plans to ban the import and manufacture of bulbs of 75 watts and above. The target is to completely ban the se bulb by 2010. Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (sea) hopes the move will help promote energy efficient compact fluorescent (cfl) bulbs.

New Delhi,

Mukesh Ambani-run Reliance Industries and Anil Ambani's Reliance Infrastructure are the only two companies to have qualified for the $6-8 billion project to convert coal into oil, as per the criteria set by the government.

Sudheer Pal Singh / New Delhi August 21, 2008, 0:23 IST

Central Electricity Authority data reveal that orders for some higher capacity (500-800 Mw) equipment have not been placed

India is set to miss the 11th Five-Year Plan's power capacity addition target as some orders for higher-capacity equipment have not been placed yet.

Experts say even if the orders are placed today, it is not possible to commission the equipment within the 43 months that remain of the current Plan period, which ends in March 2012.

On the face of it, the Indian wind energy sector is booming. Installed wind power capacity has increased six-fold in the last seven years

New fuel for Kolkata vehicles kolkata may soon become the first city in India to have vehicles running on methane if a deal between Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ongc), a private gas distribution company, and the West Bengal government goes through. ongc and Calcutta Compressions and Liquefaction Engineering, a Kolkata-based company, signed a memorandum of understanding on July 10

Wind power has used the economic route to be viable In major wind power producing countries like Denmark and Germany, wind power is promoted through preferential tariffs and a larger incentive is given to wind farms with high plant load factor. In Denmark, wind power had a fixed preferential feed-in tariff. Today, it is sold there in a liberalized electricity market at competitive

The 11th plan has set what industry considers a modest target of 10,000 mw capacity addition in five years. Everyone agrees that much more is possible. But for this to happen, big time, the business of wind must be into energy generation and not just encashing credits because of investment subsidies.

Coping strategies: countries adjust to all-time-high oil prices Bangladesh increased fuel prices for the first time since April 2007. The government maintained subsidies on diesel and kerosene, used predominantly by the poor. Texan motorists, in search of cheap gas, crossed the border into Mexico, which subsidizes its fuel. Indian truckers went on strike from July 2 to 4,