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India has some of the world’s most ambitious renewable energy goals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to boost India’s solar energy generation capacity from 5.8 gigawatts (GW) in 2014 to 100 GW by 2022. As part of the Paris Agreement, India set a goal to increase the share of non-fossil-based power
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The WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Sustainable and Livable Cities Initiative supports key leaders in China, India and Brazil in improving urban quality of life and environmental sustainability. WRI’s blog series on the Initiative will highlight some of the projects that are working to create better cities.
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India’s Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that sends a powerful message: Industries need to get on board with renewable energy targets—or risk getting fined.

Last month, India’s high court dismissed a petition filed by Hindustan Zinc Limited, a leading zinc producer in the country that challenged the Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (RERC) regulations mandating that certain consumers derive a portion of their energy from renewable sources.
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India’s rail network is a significant growth engine for the economy. But it’s not very green.

An estimated 60 percent of its 65,000 kilometres of railway tracks are still powered by diesel. This makes it India’s largest consumer of diesel at 2.6 billion litres last year. It is also the largest consumer of electricity at 13.8 billion kWh and its energy consumption is rising by 5 percent every year.
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With more than 400 million of its 1.2 billion citizens without access to electricity, India needs extensive energy development. A new initiative aims to ensure that a significant portion of this new power comes in the form of renewable energy.
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