Daily Current Affairs for UPSC Civil Services Exam – 27 November 2020

In Today’s News:

  1. Information Management and Analysis Centre(IMAC).
  2. India – 4th largest producer of Renewable energy in the World.

1. Information Management and Analysis Centre(IMAC)

News Summary

Indian Navy’s Information Management and Analysis Centre will soon become a National Maritime Domain Awareness Centre(NMDA) as per the statement of two defense officials.

Prelims GS – Internal Security

  • Information Management and Analysis Centre(IMAC) is the nodal agency for maritime data fusion.
  • IMAC was set up after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
  • It is located in Gurugram.
  • India has created a significant network by linking up Automatic Identification System Network, Coastal Radar Stations, and 51 stations of the Navy and the Coast Guard into Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC), set up by the Indian Navy in 2014.
  • IMAC also tracks vessels on the high seas.

2. India – 4th largest producer of Renewable energy in the world

News Summary

Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi said India’s renewable power capacity is the 4th largest in the world and it is growing at the fastest speed among all major countries at the virtual 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo, RE-Invest 2020. He added that the renewable energy capacity in India is currently 136 Giga Watts, which is about 36 percent of the country’s total capacity.

Prelims GS – Economic Development

Renewable energy sources:
  • Renewable energy is the energy from sources that are naturally replenishing.
  • Renewable resources are virtually inexhaustible in duration but limited in the amount of energy that is available per unit of time.
  • The major renewable energy sources are:
    • Solar Energy
    • Wind Energy
    • Biomass Energy
    • Geothermal Energy
    • Tidal Energy
  • As of 30 September 2020, the total installed capacity for Renewables is 89+ GW with the following break up:
    • Wind power: 38 GW
    • Solar Power: 36 GW
    • BioPower: 10 GW
    • Small Hydro Power: 5 GW

Mini Insights

Mains GS3 – Infrastructure/Economic Development

(Note: This is one of the important and unique initiatives in Renewable energy by India.)

Green Energy Corridor:
  • The Green Energy Corridor Project aims at synchronizing electricity produced from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, with conventional power stations in the grid.
  • For the evacuation of large-scale renewable energy, Intra State Transmission System (InSTS) project was sanctioned by the Ministry in 2015-16.
  • It is being implemented by eight renewable-rich states of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
  • The project is being implemented in these states by the respective State Transmission Utilities (STUs).
  •  The project includes approximately 9400 km transmission lines and substations of a total capacity of 19000 MVA to be completed by March 2020.
  • The purpose is to evacuate 20,000 MW of large-scale renewable power and improvement of the grid in the implementing states.
  • The total project cost is Rs. 10141 crores. The funding mechanism consists of a 40% Government of India Grant (total Rs. 4056.67 crores), 20% state equity, and 40% loan from KfW, Germany (500 million EUR).
  • The project is being implemented by respective State Transmission Utilities (STUs) allocating the work through a competitive bidding process.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy monitors the project every month.

Click here to know more about Renewable energy on the Ministry website.



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