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.

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About 16,000 individuals send mail to the Chairman Bharti Airtel

Press release | June 21, 2011 at 16:26

New Delhi, June 20th, 2011- Disappointed over breakdown of talks between Greenpeace and telecom giant Bharti Airtel after the latter backtracked from its earlier assurance of committing to a timeline for disclosing carbon emission and a clean...

Being foolish for a smart future

Blog entry by Reema Ganguly | June 21, 2011

“I’m a fool for forests,” chimed Darsheel Safary. His shining eyes and naughty smile beamed into the camera. It took him less than five minutes to absorb the script and without a fuss we had a perfect take. “Support Greenpeace and save...

Fools don’t clear forests, they save them

Blog entry by Saira Sayani | June 16, 2011

I can’t stand the thought of deforestation! It is something that sneaks up on you and hits you right in the face, a big stunning, SMACK! It was turning out to be one of those uneventful, mundane days and suddenly this thought...

Forests need a fool

Blog entry by Akshey Kalra | June 6, 2011

“Jungle jungle pataa chalaa hai, chaddi pehan ke phool khila hai, phool khila hai.” This song from the Jungle Book television series is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about the forests. Who does not remember...

Greenpeace activists gather outside the Airtel headquarters in Gurgaon to deliver the...

Press release | June 1, 2011 at 12:17

Gurgaon/New Delhi, June 1st, 2011- Greenpeace activists today gathered outside Bharti Airtel’s headquarters in Gurgaon, following the telecom leader’s failure to respond substantively to specific questions pertaining to reduction in its carbon...

RGGVY social audit journey in images

Image gallery | May 27, 2011

Climate's phone connection

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | May 26, 2011

I got my first mobile phone almost six years ago. It was a second-hand Nokia 3310 passed on to me by my elder brother. At that time, I was working in the far-off western border of Kutch, for the protection of children’s rights. The...

Images: Public Engagement in Delhi

Image gallery | May 21, 2011

Dirty Talking - A case for telecom to shift from diesel to renewable

Publication | May 21, 2011 at 12:45

India is now the second largest of the global telecom markets and is projected to overtake China. The telecom industry has attracted eight per cent of the cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) over the last two years, with a cumulative flow...

बच्चों ने नहीं देखा उजाला

Blog entry by Akshay Gupta | May 20, 2011

भारत सरकार ने सन 2005 में राजीव गॉंधी ग्रामीण विद्युतीय योजना (RGGVY) शुरुआत की थी, जिसमें आजमगढ़ ज़िले के 22 विकासखंडों में गुणवत्तापूर्ण विद्युत् आपूर्ति देने का लक्ष्य रखा गया था. सरकारी  रिपोर्ट को देखा जाय तो इन ब्‍लॉकों में 93.3...

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