Indian MPs visit University of Chicago

New Delhi: Aiming to fast track solutions for India’s diverse energy challenges, a delegation of Members of Parliament (MPs) from India are visiting the University of Chicago. Hosted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC- India) and the Climate Parliament, the visit is aimed at facilitating knowledge exchange between the Indian legislators, researchers from the University of Chicago and policymakers and opinion leaders in Chicago and Washington, DC. The delegation of MPs consisting of Riti Pathak, Rakesh Singh and Dr. Sanjay Jaiswal of Bharatiya Janata Party; Kalikesh N. Singh Deo and Dr. Prabhas Kumar Singh of Biju Janata Dal; Vincent Pala of Indian National C

Implications of GST on Renewable Energy in India

Earlier this year, the Government of India officially introduced an important tax reform called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). But what does this mean for the future of renewable energy in the country? A new policy brief helping to answer this question was prepared by Climate Parliament staff in India and was circulated among legislators in our network. Despite the government’s ambitious aims to make 175 GW of renewable power available by 2022, solar and wind energy have been put in a higher tax bracket than before the reform. For example, while previously the solar sector was tax exempt in most states, taxes will now be levied at 5%. Similarly, taxes on wind energy components such as tur

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