The REC Mechanism in India

May 26, 2010

The REC Mechanism in India

An Introduction

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) are a market-based instrument to promote RE power. The REC is a policy instrument which provides evidence that an electricity generator has produced a certain quantum of power from a renewable energy source such as wind, solar, biomass, waste to energy etc.

An REC is created when one megawatt hour of electricity is generated from an eligible renewable energy resource. It represents the entire benefit of renewable energy based electricity over electricity from non-renewable resources. The renewable energy certificates are a good option for addressing the constraints related to the site specific nature of many renewables.

The potential of various RE sources in India, excluding solar energy, is shown in Figure 1.

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Wind Power – Development and Use

May 26, 2010

A REPORT on “Wind Power Development and Use”

THE WINDS OF CHANGE: Getting to know the resource

By Anagha Bhambri

Mankind’s tryst with wind power began with the use of sailboats, which had an important role to play in the development of water pumping wind mills as well as those used for grinding grain. Countries like Argentina and Australia still operate wind mills for water pumping. Interestingly, these were all vertical-axis wind mills. But that was then. Wind mills have now grown in size and structure to deliver power at competitive rates in comparison to fossil fuel-based power plants.

In a bid to now further popularise the concept of wind energy, especially in developing countries, LIFE Academy held the second phase of its SIDA-sponsored programme on Read the rest of this entry »


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