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How Can India Defeat its Debilitating Smog?

February 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Smog

Last week as I was driving through Delhi, dense clouds obscured the roads, making me feel almost like I was home in foggy San Francisco. Traffic nearly came to a standstill as visibility fell so low that my colleague and I could barely see the vehicles just a few car lengths ahead.[read more]

India, AAP, and the People's Energy Plan

January 15, 2014 by Justin Guay

India Energy Plan

Indian development is at a pivotal moment. From stagnant economic growth to a raging Current Account Deficit (CAD) Crisis to widespread anger over rampant corruption in politics the actual inevitability of India's ascent no longer seems assured.[read more]

World Bank Foresees Potential For 20 GW Indian Solar Energy Future

December 22, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Indian Solar Future

India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, launched in 2010, is poised to make India a global leader in the development of solar power. Aiming to install 20 GW of solar power by the yer 2020, India has grown from an installed solar capacity of only 30 MW in 2010 to 2,000 MW in 2013.[read more]

India, Oil, And Electric Vehicles

November 21, 2013 by Justin Guay

India, Oil, and EVs

As India reels from a perfect storm of increasing fossil fuel import bills, capital outflows, and a stagnating economic environment attention to its current account deficit has grown exponentially. I've written on the threat coal imports pose in the past but the biggest threat from fossil fuel imports is clearly oil.[read more]

Green Building Congress Strives to Make India a Future Building Efficiency Leader

November 10, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

With green buildings making up less than five percent of the booming Indian building market, developers, governments and experts reiterated the tremendous opportunity for expanding energy efficiency construction in India during the Green Building Congress 2013.[read more]

India Breaks 2 GW Solar Energy Barrier

November 3, 2013 by Joshua Hill

India Solar Development

A new update from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India has proclaimed the country has passed the 2 GW landmark for grid-connected solar. The figures showed that, as of September 30, 2013, the total solar installed capacity was just over 2000 MW.[read more]

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

October 31, 2013 by David Doniger

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping HFCs at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok last week.[read more]

Energy Risk: India's Coal Bubble

October 18, 2013 by Justin Guay

A few short years ago the assumption that coal demand was essentially endless in China and India was seen as irrefutable. Now this 'coal consensus' is breaking as analysts from Citi Bank to Bernstein predict a rapidly approaching peak in Chinese coal demand.[read more]

New Guidelines Spur India's Solar Mission, But Financing Solutions Still Needed

October 15, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

India’s solar energy market is heating up this month as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy releases its Phase 2 guidelines that will govern the next batch of solar energy project bids for funding through the National Solar Mission.[read more]


Solar Energy Capacity Growth Rivals Wind as Manufacturer Outlook Strengthens

October 2, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Global PV Development

New solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity may rival or exceed the growth in wind energy for the first time in 2013, as growing demand and continuing industry consolidation begin to brighten prospects for solar manufacturers, industry analysts report.[read more]

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

September 30, 2013 by David Doniger

The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping HFCs quickened when President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer.[read more]

IPCC Report Sends Urgent Climate Message to Indian and American Leaders

September 29, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

India, America, and Climate Change

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report’s release coincides with Indian Prime Minister Singh’s visit with President Obama, where we hope the leaders engage on the timely issues addressed in the IPCC report.[read more]

US and India Have Historic Opportunity to Fight Climate Change Together

September 21, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

India, US, and Climate Change

President Obama will host Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House next week. The United States and India have benefited from combined efforts to address issues from national security to climate change. Now these leaders have an opportunity to do more.[read more]

Rupee's Plunge Threatens Indian Wind Energy Industry

September 14, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Bloomberg is reporting that the rupee’s biggest plunge in 20 years could have serious billion-dollar repercussions for India's burgeoning wind industry, with higher finance and import costs negating benefits from the government subsidy which was reimplemented last month.[read more]

American Banks Court Controversy With Coal India Offering

September 9, 2013 by Justin Guay

Indian Coal and American Banks

Green is in on Wall Street, or so you'd think. Yet many large banking institutions have lined up for a controversial share offering from one of the world's largest miners, Coal India Limited. Supporting this sale means aiding environmental and social injustice in India's poorest regions.[read more]