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Interdisciplinary Environmental Review (3 papers in press)
Exploring the Impact of Cross Subsidy on growth of Renewable Energy Generation Capacity in India by Naveen Agarwal, Naqui Anwer Abstract: In last few years a very rapid growth has been seen in renewable energy generation capacity addition in India. There can be number of factors which are helping in this growth and exemption of cross subsidy surcharge for open access consumers for purchasing power from renewable energy sources might also be one of them. It is required to assess the impact of cross subsidy in the growth of the renewable energy in the country as policy makers have decided to reduce cross subsidy level to make tariff sustainable for industrial and commercial consumers and in that case it may impact the current growth rate of renewable energy. This study uses the panel data of state wise renewable generation capacity and cross subsidy levels over the years. As per results cross subsidy has a significant positive impact on growth of renewable energy capacity addition. Keywords: Cross-subsidy; Renewable Energy; Captive Power Plants; DISCOM; Open Access. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2020.10031870
Environmental information disclosure in Ecotel Hotels in India- An exploratory study to understand the environmental information available on the hotel's website. by Sudhagar D.P Abstract: The purpose of the study is to analyze the environmental information disclosure in Ecotel Hotels in India. For the study, two popular Ecotels hotels in India was selected. A set of 30 environmental information category was chosen for the present study. Based on the environmental information category, information available on the selected Ecotel Hotel website was collected and evaluated. The study is restricted only to two Ecotel Hotels in India. The results of the study provide insights into environmental information disclosure of Ecotels Hotels in the Indian context. The study results will help the Ecotel Hotel marketers understand the current status of the environmental information available on the hotel website and the scope for improvement. The study recommends that enhancing environmental information will help create a unique selling proportion among the hotel brands in the market. Also, the present study will be beneficial for policymakers. The current study is the first in the Indian context. Keywords: Environmental Information; Disclosure; Ecotels Hotels; India; Content analysis; Hotel Marketers; Hotel website; Policymakers. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2020.10031934
Energy saving potential in SMEs: selected case studies from the industrial sector in Sri Lanka by Asankha Pallegedara, P.U.N.A. Dilhani, Jayasena Dissanayake Abstract: Energy efficiency in Sri Lankan SMEs in industrial sector is typically low with a large untapped potential for energy saving. This study focused on analysing the energy saving potential of the selected SMEs in Sri Lanka. Comprehensive energy audits were conducted for five SMEs in energy intensive industrial sectors. Results showed that incorrect power factor adjustments, poor practice of switch off policy on lights and fans, inadequate modifications on lighting systems, compressed air systems, boilers, and machinery were the most significant factors led to energy inefficiencies. Further, if prompt actions were to be taken for the above issue, the study estimated that the total energy saving potential for the selected firms would be about 20% to 30% of the total energy consumption. Moreover, it was about 10% to 15% of energy costs of the selected firms. The study concludes that SMEs should focus on rectifying inefficient usage of energy. Keywords: Energy Efficiency; Energy Cost; Energy Saving Potential; SMEs; industry; SDGs; energy audits; Sri Lanka; lighting systems; boilers. DOI: 10.1504/IER.2020.10033047