The Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on Monday approved a 57 per cent raise in rates for power supplied from bagasse-based co-generation projects in the state, from Rs 3.05 to Rs 4.79 a unit.

The municipal solid waste generation is increasing in urban areas. The incineration of organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW) with high moisture content and low calorific value is not environmentally, techno-commercially viable option for energy recovery.

Building on its current strengths and a capacity of 2400MW Karnataka intends to establish a dynamic renewable sector with emphasis on different forms of generation-wind, mini hydro, biomass, cogeneration and solar. This renewable energy policy aims at systematic and faster development of Renewable Energy sources to achieve a capacity of 6600 MWs by 2014.

In accordance with the fast growing population, the demand for energy and the discharge of waste are increasing day by day. The only remedy to the energy crisis is the use of alternative energy sources. And one of the best alternative ways is the generation of energy from waste, which is beneficial in several ways.

IT is possible to generate energy from every form of waste -- industrial, domestic and livestock -- and that too, on a large scale. This was the recurring theme at the international conference on "Waste to Energy" organised by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) on Monday.

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IT may come as a surprise to many that a train in Sweden is powered by biogas. Yes, it is the world's first biogas train, a 60-seater carrier that runs from Linkoping, south of Stockholm, to Vastervik, at a speed of 130 km per hour for approximately 600 km.

Pune Unable to resolve the issue of an alternate site for dumping garbage, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) -- exploring other means for disposal of garbage -- will install 12 biogas plants in the city by December-end. These plants are expected to process 63 metric tonnes of garbage by the end of 2010.

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A simple and strictly local power generation system has proved that rural Indian communities are willing and able to pay for reliable electricity.

A technology that converts rice husk into electricity is gaining ground in Bihar. Some 100,000 households in the state already use electricity produced from biomass and their number is steadily growing.