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

 

Bihar village declares independence from darkness and anonymity

Press release | July 20, 2014 at 11:26

Greenpeace’s first solar-powered micro-grid in Bihar kicks off with village ceremony

Roll-back tariff hikes and fulfill poll promise on solar energy, Greenpeace tells...

Press release | February 4, 2014 at 12:44

February 4, New Delhi: With the Delhi government facing existential threat over the power crisis in the state, Greenpeace India on Monday wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urging him to ask the DERC to roll-back tariff hike...

Greenpeace reminds Kejriwal of poll promise to make Delhi a safe city

Press release | January 17, 2014 at 16:52

New Delhi, January 17, 2014: In wake of the gang-rape of a Danish woman recently and continuing crimes against women on the streets of Delhi, Greenpeace India on Friday reminded the Arvind Kejriwal government to implement its poll promise of...

DERC proposal on net metering and connectivity in rooftop solar PV projects is...

Press release | December 19, 2013 at 11:18

New Delhi, 17th December 2013: Greenpeace submitted its suggestions and objections to the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) proposal on net metering and connectivity in respect of rooftop solar here on Monday.

Leading political parties in Delhi “Switch on the Sun” for the first time in their...

Press release | November 26, 2013 at 17:36

New Delhi, November 26, 2013: Leading political parties Bharatiya Janta Party, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have included the Greenpeace demands to implement a solar rooftop policy for Delhi in their manifesto for the upcoming Assembly elections.

Greenpeace, RWAs and Women’s groups remind political parties of the public demands...

Press release | November 20, 2013 at 10:26

New Delhi, 19th November, 2013: As the national capital heads towards its assembly elections, Greenpeace along with 200 Resident Welfare Association (RWA) groups including United RWA Joint Action (URJA), and several women's organisations -...

Greenpeace launches 6th Cool IT Leaderboard

Press release | April 25, 2013 at 14:00

New Delhi/San Francisco, April 25,2013 — Leading Indian IT brands Wipro and HCL scored high points for advocating for a higher share of renewable energy in India according to an annual ranking release globally by Greenpeace international (1).

Greenpeace releases national ratings of states on their compliance of renewable...

Press release | April 22, 2013 at 14:30

22 April, 2013, New Delhi: In the backdrop of a persistent power crisis and raging coal scam, Greenpeace today released its assessment report on Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) titled “Powering Ahead on Renewables: Leaders and Laggards”,...

Greenpeace applauds Bharti Airtel for launching Sustainability Report

Press release | January 17, 2013 at 17:35

New Delhi, January 17, 2013: Greenpeace India welcomes the sustainability report launched by Bharti Airtel last week[1], terming it a stepping stone towards corporate sustainability. Greenpeace India and lakhs of mobile consumers across India had...

Greenpeace challenges GVK on disclosure

Press release | June 12, 2012 at 16:34

Mumbai, 12 June 2012: Greenpeace has lodged a complaint against GVK with the Securities and Exchange Board of India, the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange regarding its massive proposed Alpha coal project in Australia...

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