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Looking Back on Year One of India’s Green Power Market Development Group

first_imgIndia has come out with ambitious renewable energy goals, but the country still faces a daunting financing gap. Central and state government allocations for renewable energy (RE) investment amount to little more than 10 percent of the total investment required to fulfil the country’s targets. Investment from the private sector has been equally lagging. New reports show that in the absence of new and large-scale private investment in solar, the growth of solar installations in India will plateau in 2014.WRI and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are leading an innovative effort—The Green Power Market Development Group—that could bridge this finance gap and help overcome India’s energy challenges. The group connects potential industrial and commercial renewable energy purchasers with suppliers, ensuring a robust customer base. It also addresses some of the policy and regulatory barriers that can inhibit renewable energy growth.The Private Sector Can Play a Positive Role in India’s Renewable Energy GrowthIn the past year, WRI and CII have worked with more than 40 Indian and multinational companies like Infosys, ACC Cement, and others to build critical support for renewable energy markets.The GPMDG is demonstrating practical approaches to sourcing cost effective renewable energy that can be replicated in the market place. Some of our achievements thus far include:Five GPMDG partners are on track to complete solar purchases of 2-3 MW in Bangalore, making this the largest private purchase of solar PV in India.GPMDG partner ACC Cement is providing important support to renewable energy projects as it makes plans to source 15 MW of renewable energy.GPMDG partner Infosys, one of India’s largest software companies, is on track to be 100 percent renewable by 2017—helping to demonstrate a strong business case for renewable energy purchasing.The GPMDG is also providing important analysis on policy design to further India’s renewable energy goals. For example:The GPMDG is researching the impact of allowing wider use of the grid for purchases of renewable energy so we can make recommendations on policy design that encourages private investment into renewable energy projects.The GPMDG is working with influential state regulatory bodies like the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission to help determine how utilities could offer more attractive renewable energy services to customers.What to Expect from the GPMDG in 2014In 2014, we will expand the GPMDG to the state of Tamil Nadu. With its massive power deficit, most commercial and industrial energy consumers in the state supplement their inconsistent electricity supply from the grid with expensive and polluting on-site diesel generation. There is an excellent business case for onsite and offsite renewable energy generation in many states like Tamil Nadu, but companies struggle to navigate the market for renewable energy contracts. They’re also often stymied by the regulatory barriers to renewable energy generation.WRI and CII will continue our close collaboration with private sector innovators to help develop and scale new solutions that can not only overcome India’s energy challenges, but can help power the economies of tomorrow with sustainable, affordable solutions.LEARN MORE: If you would like more information about this project or would like to get involved, contact Tara Parthasarathy.last_img read more

Cloud TV service Magine TV has launched a new cu

first_imgCloud TV service, Magine TV, has launched a new customisable version of its offering in Germany in a bid to let viewers “pay for what they actually watch, and save on what they don’t.”The new personalisation options will let viewers choose which channels they want to activate, and which to ‘pause’. All selected channels will appear in a tailored ‘My Channel’ list, where they can put them into a preferred order.“TV and VoD options are increasing as we speak, and at some point this growing choice of programs and services becomes overwhelming for the user,” said Magine CEO Mattias Hjelmstedt.“It is important to adapt to the customer’s needs; we need to simplify the process and choices by adapting to an individual’s watchlist and personal taste, rather than simply relying on channel scheduling.”Magine said that its new ‘TV for Me’ approach lets viewers see a “de-cluttered presentation of content” that is “essentially eliminating the need for channel surfing.”Users will be able to set notifications for their chosen watchlist shows so that they don’t miss an episode. Magine said it will also reward viewers that opt to personalise their channel list with points that can be swapped for savings on their monthly bill.At a launch event in Munich yesterday evening, Hjelmstedt said that 85% of content on Magine is streamed live, and on average, each user spends 3 hours and 20 minutes per day on the service. In addition, in Germany, 51% of users reported that Magine is the only TV service that they currently use.The news comes in the same week that Magine TV announced the appointment of Olaf Kroll as country manager in Germany. Kroll has previously worked for companies including News Corp, Hulu, Fox Interactive Media, Myspace, and Sony Entertainment.Sweden-based Magine is a cloud-based over-the-top TV service. It launched in Germany last April following a beta trial, and carries channels including SAT.1, ProSieben, Kabel Eins, Sixx, Sat.1 Gold and ProSieben Maxx.last_img read more

Bruce Leichtman The number of broadband subscriber

first_imgBruce LeichtmanThe number of broadband subscribers surpassed the number of pay TV subscribers in the US during Q1 2017, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG).The research firm said that the 14 largest cable and telephone providers in the US – representing about 95% of the market – acquired about 960,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the first quarter of this year.The top cable companies added about one million subscribers in Q1 2017, while the top telephone companies lost about 45,000 subscribers, according to the report.Over the past year, there were about 2,530,000 net broadband additions – compared to about 3,035,000 over the prior year, said LRG.However, the firm also recently reported the largest pay TV providers in the US – representing 95% of the market – lost some 410,000 net video subscribers in 1Q 2017, marking the first time that the industry has ever had net subscriber losses in the first quarter of a year.last_img read more

Barrs LaneCOUPLE ARRESTED OVER ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIO

first_img Barrs LaneCOUPLE ARRESTED OVER ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN DERRY ShareTweet They have been take to the PACE custody suite at Strand Road police station for questioning.They can be held for up to 24 hours before either being charged to court or released on bail pending further police inquiries.COUPLE ARRESTED OVER ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR IN DERRY was last modified: May 30th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:center_img POLICE are investigating reports of anti-social behaviour in Derry this morning.Officers attended following information received about an incident in the Barrs Lane area.As a resulted police arrested a 19 year old male and 20 year old female in relation to this incident.last_img read more