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Political Accountability in Uttar Pradesh: Why Is the Government Not Enabling Basic Electricity Access?

January 20, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Electricity Access and Government Development

Uttar Pradesh has in recent years made progress in rural electrification, but the reality is that village electrification does not say much about electricity access in the households. There is a real need for innovations by social scientists to strengthen the accountability of politicians to the local population.[read more]

Obama and Modi's Opportunity to Strengthen U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

January 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and U.S. and Climate Cooperation

President Barack Obama heads to India to celebrate Republic Day on January 26th with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Climate change and clean energy are priority areas of discussion as the two leaders meet during this unprecedented second visit to India by a U.S. president.[read more]

India's Green Bond: Bright Example of Innovative Clean Energy Financing

January 12, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Clean Energy Financing

As a new year kicks off, India's renewable energy market is surging ahead. Prime Minister Modi's government just targeted $100 billion worth of investments to support reaching the ambitious goal of installing 100 gigawatts of solar energy by 2022.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]

With US Nuclear in Decline, Scientists and Analysts Urge Support for Next-Generation Technologies

December 24, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Even with countries like China and India looking to boost their low-carbon energy supplies with nuclear, project developers around the world have faced long delays, cost overruns, and strong competition from natural gas and distributed resources, as well as policies designed to phase nuclear out entirely.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India, Coal, and Public Health

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions.[read more]

India Disdains a Global Approach to Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 9, 2014 by Henry Auer
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India Mitigation Problems

By the time global warming drew worldwide attention in the last decades of the 20th century, developing countries were beginning intensive energy-dependent expansions of their economies, seeking to move from agrarian to industrialized societies. India and China are prime examples of this growth surge.[read more]

From Delhi to Lima: India's Win-Win Opportunity to Grow a Low-Carbon Economy

December 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India's Low-Carbon Opportunity

On Friday, I attended Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar’s press conference in Delhi before he departed for the 20th UN climate conference of the parties (“COP 20”) taking place in Peru’s capital, Lima. Minister Javadekar described the Lima conference as a "milestone."[read more]

Time for Solar Resource-Rich India to Capitalize on Financing Solutions

December 4, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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India Solar Finance Solutions

 

These are exciting times for India’s solar market. The solar resource-rich country just crossed the 3 gigawatt mark for total installed solar capacity. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the United States Export-Import Bank just signed an MOU for cooperation on clean energy investments.[read more]

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

December 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

India as Climate Wild Card

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our very eyes. And given the great complexity and increasing interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

Cooling India: Financing the Cost of Transition to Refrigerants with Lower Climate-Change Impact

November 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

At the Montreal Protocol meeting, starting on Monday in Paris, countries could seize one “low hanging fruit” opportunity by agreeing to move forward on phasing down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent and fast-growing heat-trapping gases.[read more]

Despite Crackdown, Indian Courts Side With Public Health Against Coal

November 17, 2014 by Justin Guay

Court Rulings and Public Health in India

In another major setback for the expansion of the coal industry, a panel of judges rejected the environmental clearance for the IL&FS coal-fired power plant in Tamil Nadu, India. The judges upheld an appeal from local villagers determined to halt the project over concerns about water and air pollution.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]