Rather than collecting news on a certain state, this section tracks developments in the complex relationship between the central government and the states. The contours of Indian federalism are constantly in flux, as the center and states give up power on certain issues or seek to regain it. This section contains news and analysis reflecting that push and pull, as well as news about developments that effect an entire region rather than just a single state.
India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Center and state governments force thermal plants to meet portion of fuel requirements from paddy stubble pelletsPosted on December 18, 2018
The center and the state governments of Haryana and Punjab have agreed to force thermal power plants in the states to meet 5 percent of their fuel requirement from paddy stubble pellets in Punjab and Haryana to limit pollution caused by burning of farm waste.
The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board has issued a bid for a license to retail compressed natural gas and piped natural gas in 50 cities across the country.
Under the ambitious Saubhagya Yojana, the government of India has achieved 100 percent household electrification in 14 states. The government had set the target of 100 percent household electrification by March 2019, however the power ministry has reiterated on several occasions that it will achieve full electrification by the end of this year. According to Saubhagya Yojana real-time dashboard, 9,577,641 households have yet to be electrified.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a program to supply compressed natural gas to automobiles and piped cooking gas to kitchens in 129 districts across 18 states, covering over a quarter of India’s population. The prime minister also launched the 10th round of bidding to award city gas licenses in 124 new districts in an attempt to cut carbon emissions.