Supporting green power

The Energy [R]evolution demonstrates how the world can get from where we are now, to where we need to be in terms of phasing out fossil fuels, cutting CO2 while ensuring energy security. This includes illustrating how the world’s carbon emissions from the energy and transport sectors alone can peak by 2015 and be cut by over 80 percent by 2050. This phase-out of fossil fuels offers substantial other benefits such as independence from world market fossil fuel prices as well as the creation of millions of new green jobs.

In India, because our energy infrastructure is not fully developed as yet, we have the opportunity to make the right choices today. We can choose between abundantly available renewable and sustainable energy that is the way the world is going to be powered in the future or the old, dirty energy technologies that will drive India’s dependence on foreign countries for supply of fuel, whether it is nuclear, coal or oil.

Decentralised renewable energy:

In an effort to bring about this revolution, Greenpeace India is working to promote Decentralized Renewable Energy (DRE).  Decentralised energy systems are based on the idea that energy doesn’t have to be generated in one giant centre and then transported long distances. It can be generated near the place it is needed, and often under the control of the people who will use it.

As decentralised energy system serves people locally, it will necessarily be smaller than the huge power stations in a centralised system.  Renewable energy technologies are ideally suited to this type of small-scale energy generation and have the advantage that they won’t pollute the air, water and land of the people who live nearby.  Renewable energy technologies also don’t generate greenhouse gases and therefore won’t exacerbate climate change.

In India, where the vast size of the country and the huge power deficits mean that most people – particularly those in rural areas – can’t rely on their electricity supply, DRE systems are particularly relevant.  The beauty of operating on such a small scale means that the energy supply can be designed to exactly suit the needs of the community it serves.

Depending on the natural resources available, people can choose to capture solar power, wind power, the power of moving water using micro-hydro technology, or a combination of all of three. There are many other forms of renewable energy present in the world too, and we’re getting better at capturing them. Systems can be isolated – these are called ‘stand-alone’ – or can even be connected to the main electricity grid – these are called ‘grid interactive’. Grid interactive systems have the advantage that the owners of the system can actually sell power to the grid if they generate excess, creating another source of income for them, or draw extra power if they find they ever need more.

Examples of DRE systems are cropping up all over India.  In Bihar, over one lakh people are using electricity made from waste rice husk.  In Ladakh, tribal communities are processing their farm produces with machines powered by micro-hydro. In Karnataka, villagers are cooking food on clean gas flames produced by cow manure. We’ve set out to document some examples such as these and will be posting the details soon.

The latest updates

 

Greenpeace activists dressed in windmill

Image | May 21, 2009 at 18:08

Greenpeace activists dressed in windmill replicas at 10 Janpath on Thursday, called on the the UPA government chairperson Sonia Gandhi to provide strong leadership to the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. Renewable energy can provide...

Greenpeace activists dressed in windmill

Image | May 21, 2009 at 18:08

Greenpeace activists dressed in windmill replicas at 10 Janpath on Thursday, called on the the UPA government chairperson Sonia Gandhi to provide strong leadership to the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy. Renewable energy can provide...

Sonia’s office agrees to meet Greenpeace

Press release | May 21, 2009 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — A day before the announcement of the cabinet, Greenpeace urged the young Ministers of Parliament to stand up to the 21st century challenge of making India prosperous by leading a Renewable Energy Revolution and saving the...

Energy [R]evolution: What it will take to (em)power Kalavatis across India

Feature story | May 6, 2009 at 3:30

By adopting solar power, Kalavati of Jalka, Maharashtra shows the way forward. She highlights how the people of India can get access to reliable and clean energy today. Energy [R]evolution, Greenpeace’s blueprint for energy security highlights...

By adopting solar power

Image | May 4, 2009 at 20:03

By adopting solar power, Kalavati is now the new symbol of energy security in the country. Political parties are in no position to deliver “electricity for all by 2012,” unless they embrace the Energy Revolution.

By adopting solar power

Image | May 4, 2009 at 20:03

By adopting solar power, Kalavati is now the new symbol of energy security in the country. Political parties are in no position to deliver “electricity for all by 2012,” unless they embrace the Energy Revolution.

By adopting solar power

Image | May 4, 2009 at 20:03

By adopting solar power, Kalavati is now the new symbol of energy security in the country. Political parties are in no position to deliver “electricity for all by 2012,” unless they embrace the Energy Revolution.

The village sarpanch (village head) and member

Image | May 4, 2009 at 19:37

The village sarpanch (village head) and member of the village present at the Zilla Parishad School. If India were to harness solar power, we would be able to meet a significant amount of our energy needs.

The village sarpanch (village head) and member

Image | May 4, 2009 at 19:37

The village sarpanch (village head) and member of the village present at the Zilla Parishad School. If India were to harness solar power, we would be able to meet a significant amount of our energy needs.

The village sarpanch (village head) and member

Image | May 4, 2009 at 19:37

The village sarpanch (village head) and member of the village present at the Zilla Parishad School. If India were to harness solar power, we would be able to meet a significant amount of our energy needs.

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