IEA: smart cities are key for a carbon-neutral future - CEENERGYNEWSSmart cities can play a central role to accelerate progress towards clean, low-carbon, resilient and inclusive energy systems. This idea was recognised by climate and energy ministers from G20 nations who have met under the presidency of Italy in Naples.
Report pitches for ‘urban-rural’ links, innovations to transform rural areasAs rural economy and the festering agricultural crisis take centre stage ahead of India’s general elections, the 2019 Global Food Policy report advocates revitalising rural areas underpinned by symbiotic rural and urban systems. Marked by deepening cycles of hunger and malnutrition, persistent poverty, limited economic opportunities, and environmental degradation, the report by the International Food Policy Research […]
Challenges and opportunities from increasing renewable generation in the Indian Power System About 70% of India’s current energy mix comprises coal, and the increase in generation from renewable (RE) sources is affecting the health of the power system. We investigated this effect through the lens of asset utilisation, cost and the social disruption caused by accelerating RE into the Indian Power System. Our analysis revealed that increasing RE generation is pushing the coal plants to operate in low-loading conditions, causing heightened wear and tear of the plant. The novel analysis of social disruption due to market parity between RES and coal-based generation presented a holistic view of the political economy of Indian Power System. Transition from coal to RE may have extended socio-political ramifications. Policy implications outlined by our study for the draft Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 include scoping a socio-technical framework which supports just energy transition through better financial support mechanisms for flexible operation of coal plants.