High aims: (From left) Ajit K. Gupta, Adviser, MNRE; Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE; and K. Jairaj, Principal Secretary (Energy), at an interactive meet in Bangalore on Thursday.

BANGALORE: Karnataka will unveil a renewable energy policy in a month or two to provide for a focussed effort to boost the renewable energy generation to tide over the power shortage by harnessing green energy.

The highlight of the policy is that it will envisage steps for doubling the renewable energy generation in the State from the present 2,000 MW to 4,000 MW in the next five years.

The government is set to make a policy on renewable energy to facilitate development of the sector to meet 10 percent of the country's total power demand by 2020.

The policy 'Renewable Energy Policy of Bangladesh' is expected to receive the green light from the council of advisers in two months, a senior official of Power Cell told The Daily Star on Wednesday.

Early signs that China, one of the world

Investors have moderated their support for clean energy funds so far this year, but inflows into one of last year

Poland faces crippling energy price rises which will threaten growth and employment unless the European Union rethinks its carbon trading system, officials in Warsaw are warning.

BY MATTHEW L. WALD
NEW YORK

When the builders of the Maple Ridge Wind farm spent $320 million to put nearly 200 wind turbines in upstate New York, the idea was to get paid for producing electricity.

But at times, regional electric lines have been so congested that Maple Ridge has been forced to shut down even with a brisk wind blowing.

That is a symptom of a broad national problem. Expansive dreams about renewable energy, like Al Gore's hope of replacing all fossil fuels in a decade, are bumping up against the reality of a power grid that cannot handle the new demands.

John F Wasik / Mumbai August 26, 2008, 3:48 IST

My neighbour was palpably proud of himself when he mentioned at a backyard barbeque he had bought a specialised fund that invested in a solar-energy company.

When he asked me what I thought of his well-intentioned investment, though, I had to play killjoy. Instead of patting him on the back, I told him it was a bad idea. While I sense that climate change is probably a man-made global problem that needs to be addressed by all of us, as investors we often pursue the wrong ideas.

V.R. Krishna Iyer

It is strange to learn that Kerala has no plan to generate power through alternative means.

The Haldia project will involve an investment of Rs. 5,500 crore

GREEN POWER: Jyoti Poddar (left), Managing Director, Bhaskar Silicon, and Hans Authenreith (right), Centrotherm, Germany, exchanging documents in the presence of Nirupam Sen, Minister for Industry and Commerce, West Bengal Government, in Kolkata on Thursday.

KOLKATA: The country's first polysilicon solar project, which also happens to be the largest integrated solar power complex of the world, was launched here on Thursday.

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