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Reclaiming Public Services is vital reading for anyone interested in the future of local, democratic services like energy, water and health care. This is an in-depth world tour of new initiatives in public ownership and the variety of approaches to deprivatisation

City Governance

Highlights

  • Do Energy Efficient LEDs affect our eyes? (Part 1)
  • As calamities strike, TANGEDCO losses spiral
  • India to have 6500 electric vehicle charging stations in the next 5 years’ 
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • Construction on $4 billion Indonesia EV battery project begins January 2019 
  • ECC Voice - ECC Tirunelveli participates in Grievance Meeting organised by TANGEDCO

Plus Publications/Cases:

  • Biogas based Power Generation & Thermal Application Programme (BPGTP). 
  • Report of the high level empowered the committee to address the issues of ‘Stressed Thermal Power Projects’. 

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

Highlights

  • A Note on Standby power (Part 2)
  • India targets 100 GW installed capacity of solar energy by 2022
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • Solar, a key option in the Saudi renewable energy strategy.
  • ECC Voice - Procedure for obtaining Agriculture service connection (Tamil).

Plus Publications/Cases:

  • Renewables 2018 Global Status Report, October, 2018 
  • Central Electrical Authority Annual Report, October, 2018
     

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

On October 2, 2018, CAG organised a one-day conference titled Rethinking Urbanisation and the Right to the City. This report is a summary of the conference proceedings. It was authored by Apoorva Ramaswamy and Armaan Ranjani Mustafa, both researchers in the Urban Governance team at CAG.

City Governance

Highlights

  • Ceiling fans: Selection Criteria and Energy Efficiencies (Part 2)
  • New solar policy in the works in Tamil Nadu.
  • Maharashtra ready to unveil energy calculator.
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Case (CGRF)
  • By 2023 LED Lighting Market is Expected to Reach $70 Billion.
  • ECC Voice - Precautions to prevent accidents during the rainy season (Do's and Dont's) (Tamil) (Part 2).

Plus Publications/Cases:

  • H. P. Stumpf, B. Hu, Off-shore Energy Access 2018, ECN.
  • Scott A. and Pickard S., Energy safety nets: A literature review, CAFOD & ODI, September 2018.

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited (ITPCL), which runs a 1200 MW coal-based power plant in Cuddalore, is seeking to amend its Environmental Clearance (issued in May 2010), to change the nature of its coal- from fully imported Indonesian coal to a blend of 25 % lignite(from Neyveli Lignite Corporation's mines) and 75 % imported Indonesian coal. This proposal, which now involves transporting lignite by road passing through 29 villages, is being labelled 'modernisation'. Here are CAG's comments on why the proposed change- without a thorough EIA- is problematic.

Electricity Governance

This report presents the experience of Kripa Ramachandran, Researcher, and Sriram Radhakrishnan, Community Organiser, in making a wedding in Chennai zero waste. They found that hotels and caterers would be willing to adopt sustainable waste management practices. What is required for effective waste management in Chennai is the right directive for Bulk Waste Producers and improvements in the infrastructure and working conditions of the waste workers.

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management

This report presents the experience and lessons of the Zero Waste Cities project in setting up a zero-waste system in Greenways, Chennai. It was led by Gabriel Raj with the support of Kripa Ramachandran, Researcher, and Sriram Radhakrishnan, Community Organiser at CAG, and Pennurimai Iyakkam.

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management