Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019

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8th Indo German Energy Forum

The eighth Indo-German Energy Forum was conducted in Delhi to enhance cooperation in the energy sector. Both the countries signed eight agreements in the following sectors

  • Thermal Power Plants
  • Demand-side energy
  • renewable energies
  • low carbon growth strategies
  • green energy corridors

Highlights

  • The forum finalized future collaboration between the countries that include Flexibilisation of existing coal fired power plants and promotion of energy efficiency
  • Indo-German Solar Partnership that was founded in 2015 was recognized in the forum. The forum also signed agreement to promote the niche markets for solar energy
  • The Forum also signed agreements on building materials and credit lines for financing corresponding measures

Indo-German Energy Forum

  • The Forum was established in 2006 to enhance and deepen the strategic political dialogue on the ongoing energy transition in both the countries.
  • The high level meeting of the forum is chaired by respective ministries of environment, renewable energy of both the countries
  • At the forum, the countries exchange experiences for both the governments to address challenges in the ongoing global energy transition.

India to host second assembly of International Solar Alliance

The second assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) is to be hosted by India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is hosting the event. It is to be held in New Delhi between October 30 and 31, 2019.The ISA brings together 81 nations. It offers concrete solutions to reduce the cost of solar installations in developing countries.

Highlights

  • Coordination and Consultation meetings on different aspects of the ISA programmes are conducted
  • The Assembly will be co-chaired by French Deputy Minister Brune Porison along with Union Minister of State for New and Renewable energy Raj Kumar Singh
  • Over 400 delegates are expected to attend the event from member states and observer states.

ISA

  • The ISA assembly is the highest decision making body. It gives directions on financial and administrative issues
  • So far, 81 countries of 121 members have signed the Framework Agreement of the ISA. OF these, 58 have ratified the agreement.

ISA First Assembly

  • The first Assembly of ISA was attended by 78 countries. They recognized that ISA has major role in achieving SDG (Sustainable Development Goal).
  • Since its inception, 1000 MW of solar power and 300,000 solar water pumps have been aggregated from the member countries.

ISA operations

  • ISA sent country missions to 8 countries-Togo, Uganda, Niger, Mali, Malawi, Guinea, Congo and Benin to understand the challenges and issues in the path of ISA programmes
  • India has been providing full support to the alliance since its inception. GoI has allotted 5 acres of land to ISA. It has released a sum of Rs 160 crore for building infrastructure.