Initial Green Hydrogen Policy to be Unveiled in Ten Days, says RK Singh

The initial green hydrogen policy will be unveiled in the next 10 days featuring incentives like a free transmission for 25 years to boost production of this clean source of energy, said Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh.

January 27, 2022. By Manu Tayal

The initial green hydrogen policy will be unveiled in the next 10 days featuring incentives like a free transmission for 25 years to boost production of this clean source of energy, said Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh.

The Minister was speaking while addressing a virtual conference on smart metering organised by the industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Singh said, reported PTI, that, “We will come out with the green hydrogen policy in the next 10 days. We will give free transmission for 25 years. So you can generate power for making hydrogen in Rajasthan or transport it to Guwahati or to Baruni refinery (to make hydrogen).”

Singh also said that the policy will feature dollar-denominated bids, the offer of land in renewable energy parks and land allocation near ports for creating bunkers for green hydrogen or ammonia.

“We want India to emerge as the exporter for green hydrogen... Japan wants to import and Germany also,” said Singh, quoted PTI.

On smart metering, Singh informed that the government will come out with an approved list of models and manufacturers (ALMM) for smart meters.

In this regard, RK Singh said, PTI quoted that “this is a big opportunity and there are crores of consumers here. If you have the capability then make it (smart meter) entirely here or you can start with 90 to 95 per cent (smart meter manufacturing) here... I don't want to buy anything from our Northern neighbour (China).”

Additionally, he also talked about the inbuilt IT capability of smart meters in view of cyberattacks threat.

Besides, Union Power Secretary Alok Kumar pointed out on the chip shortage problem and said semiconductor chips should be produced more and more in India for faster rollout of the national smart metering programme.
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