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

 

Empowering Bihar: Policy pathway for energy access

Publication | January 24, 2012 at 13:11

The state of Bihar has witnessed a promising growth in the recent years and is set to tread for significant economic advancement in the years to come. At this juncture what Bihar needs to propel its growth further is to meet the electricity...

‘सशक्त बिहार और विकेंद्रीकृत अक्षय ऊर्जा से खुलते द्वार’ रिपोर्ट का उप मुख्यमंत्री...

Press release | January 24, 2012 at 12:26

पटना, 24 जनवरी: ग्रीनपीस द्वारा तैयार रिपोर्ट ‘एंपावरिंग बिहार: पॉलसी पाथवे फॉर एनर्जी एक्सेस’ (सशक्त बिहार: विकेंद्रीकृत अक्षय ऊर्जा से खुलते द्वार’) राज्य के माननीय उप मुख्यमंत्री श्री सुशील कुमार मोदी ने होटल चाणक्य में आज जारी की। यह रिपोर्ट...

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi promises to act on Greenpeace recommendations for energy...

Press release | January 24, 2012 at 11:59

Patna January 24, 2012: The Greenpeace report, 'Empowering Bihar: Policy pathway for energy access' was unveiled by the Honourable Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Modi at a conference in Hotel Chanakya, Patna. The report illustrates the...

Republic of Junglistan becomes a star attraction

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | January 13, 2012

If you are not a citizen of Junglistan yet, you are missing out on a lot of things. For one thing is certain, the Republic of Junglistan is a country that never sleeps. "Why this Koyla (coal) mining di?" Just before 2011...

The true cost of coal

Image gallery | January 10, 2012

Victory! Facebook 'friends' renewable energy

Feature story | December 15, 2011 at 19:30

After 20 months of mobilising, agitating and negotiating to green Facebook, the Internet giant has today announced its goal to run on clean, renewable energy. More than 700,000 people from all over the world joined to make this victory possible!

"Minister Jaiswal, We are Watching!"

Blog entry by Preethi Herman | December 8, 2011

It was probably a regular morning for most other people, but for a bunch of us armed with tiger props and an agenda to meet Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal, it was a roaring success! I am referring to the morning Greenpeace...

Tigers reach coal ministry's office

Image gallery | December 1, 2011

Bhaloo and Sheroo welcome you to Junglistan

Blog entry by Brikesh Singh | November 28, 2011

Bear necessities Life can be difficult for a bear, especially when you are in the city. You might be wondering what am I doing here and before you jump to any conclusions, let me tell you my story.  Firstly and most importantly...

A broken promise

Blog entry by Mrinmoy Chattaraj | November 3, 2011

It has been a disappointing 120 days since we met Bharti Airtel and its allied association Cellular Operator's Association in India (COAI). It was a regular day but there are questions that have kept its memory alive. The promise...

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