Australia will set up a A$100 million (US$80 mln) carbon capture research institute aimed at fighting climate shift and with ambitions of becoming the world hub for the technology, the government said on Friday.

WASHINGTON: The U.S. House has approved a measure that would ease a longstanding ban on offshore oil drilling and try to spur greater use of alternative fuels as Democrats and Republicans engaged in a bitter pre-election clash over the nation's energy future.

There is a huge potential to make villages self-reliant in energy by choosing a location-specific mix of windmills, micro-hydel and watermills, solar energy, bio-gas etc. report by Bharat Dogra

Government today said it has acquired 2,000 hectares of land to develop a special economic zone (SEZ) for renewable energy in Nagpur, which would become operational within 2-3 years.

Plant to be established shortly in Rajasthan

JAIPUR: The three public sector power distribution companies of Rajasthan signed a power purchase agreement with Reliance Industries Limited here on Tuesday for procuring solar power from a plant to be established by the latter shortly in the State.

Maulik Pathak / Ahmedabad September 17, 2008, 0:54 IST

After unveiling its plans to harness wind energy, ONGC, the country's leading crude and gas producer, now plans to foray into solar and geothermal energy.

The company is in talks with four companies, including a US-based firm, for setting up a photovoltaic (PV) cells unit.

The oil and gas major is also exploring geothermal energy for which it is in talks with Iceland government. All these projects will be carried out under its ONGC Energy Centre housed at Rajiv Gandhi Urja Bhavan, New Delhi.

Sushmi Dey & G Ganapathy Subramaniam NEW DELHI

THE GOVERNMENT has decided not to encourage biofuels at the cost of foodgrain production. While a policy for biofuels has been cleared last week and targets have been set to step up diesel blending, senior government officials are of the view that no foodgrain or oil-seed should be used for producing biofuels.

Lucknow: UP

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 11 Envisaging a target of 20 per cent blending of bio-diesel and bio-ethanol by year 2017, the Cabinet today approved the National Policy for Bio-fuels. The Cabinet also approved setting up of a National Bio-fuel Coordination Committee under the chairmanship of Prime Minister and a Bio-fuel Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Cabinet secretary for the implementation of the National Policy for Bio-fuels.

V. Venkatsubramanian

Shining bright: A solar powered streetlight at the bus stand area in Kalakattur village panchayat.

KANCHEEPURAM: Last week, residents of Kalakattur village panchayat in Kancheepuram Panchayat Union enjoyed the benefit of tapping non-conventional energy sources when their counterparts in nearby Kancheepuram municipal limits reeled under blackout.

The State Electricity Board had resorted to a five-hour power cut

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