Tata Power Invests in Renewable Energy
Tata Power, a Ratan Tata led organization based in India, is going green. The company recently announced plans to move at least 25 percent of its power generation – around 6000 MW – from clean energy sources including wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and gas over the next six years. The major power company will invest $1.1 billion, about 50 billion rupees, in wind energy, says Banmali Agrawala, executive director of strategy and business development.
“We have set ourselves a target to achieve 25% of our total generation from clean sources by 2017. These will comprise wind, solar, hydro, geo-thermal and gas. In wind power alone, we will be investing around Rs. 5, 000 crore” said Agarwala. The first steps will be taken by the end of the year, with a new 3 MW plant at Mulshi in Maharashtra.
Currently the company has more than 200mv wind capacity but will continue to drive that number higher, as “it is the most commercially viable and established form of renewable energy,” Agarwala said. They also plan to add an additional 300-400mv capacity of solar energy by 2017 as well.
The renewable energy development is not a completely unique plan for the company. Tata Power already has several programs in place to educate and develop clean energy in their locations, including the Tata Power Energy Club for children. The program educates youth in the city of Mumbai – where Tata Power has been powering since 1919 – on the steps to conserve energy and find the most efficient uses of energy. Today, 12 major Mumbai schools are offered this program.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.