Energy Sector Current Affairs - 2020

IISD: India’s Renewable Subsidies decline by 35%

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CCEW) and International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) recently released a report called “Mapping India’s Energy Subsidies, 2020”. Highlights The report says that India’s energy subsidies have declined by 35% in 2019 as compared to 2017. On the other hand, the oil and gas subsidies have increase by Read More…

OPEC and Russia approve biggest Oil Cuts

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia have come together to cut oil output by 10%. This is being done to control the falling oil prices amidst lock down all over the world due to COVID-19. Background The Russian Government earlier refuted to sign the deal when Saudi Arabia initiated production cuts. Russian Read More…

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Asian Development Bank to invest 100 million USD in NIIF

On March 30, 2020, the Asian Development Bank announced that it is to invest 100 million USD in National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). The investment during an economic slow down is a great boost for the Indian Economy. NIIF The National Investment and Infrastructure Funds were set up in 2015. The main purpose of Read More…

Import duty on Green Energy Equipment hiked by 20% in Budget 2020-21

The Budget 2020-21 that was presented by the finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman in the Parliament increased the import duty of green energy equipment like cells by 20%. This is being implemented to drive local manufacturing of the equipment and lowering the import of low-quality Chinese equipment. The step is being introduced to protect the local Read More…

Budget 2020: Economic Development-Commerce, Industries and Infrastructure

The Union Budget 2020 was presented by the Finance Minister Shrimati Nirmala Sitaraman. The budget was presented under three themes namely Aspirational India, Economic Development and Care Giving. The Economic Development includes industries, commerce and manufacturing. The Finance Minster referred to words Sreni (Guilds) and Seti (Wholesale Merchants) from Harappan Civilization seals. This proves that Read More…