MNRE Organises Review Meeting with States on Progress of Renewable Energy Schemes
The meeting was attended by principal secretaries (energy), secretaries of power and new & renewable energy from states and UTs besides senior officials from CEA, Power Grid, PFC, REC, CTU and Grid Controller of India.
May 25, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
The meeting was attended by principal secretaries (energy), secretaries of power and new & renewable energy from states and UTs besides senior officials from CEA, Power Grid Cooperation, Power Finance Cooperation, Rural Electrification Corporation, CTU and Grid Controller of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhagwant Khuba highlighted that the energy sector plays a major role in deciding the future of India. The ministry of power & ministry of new & renewable energy are working in unison on a number of initiatives, including increasing the domestic manufacturing of solar PV modules and increasing the transmission capacity. He also stressed that our actions should be to protect our environment & natural resources for our future generations. Further, he emphasized on the vision laid by Prime Minister Modi through the Panchamrit 5 nectar principles.
B.S. Bhalla said that RE capacity of 172 GW has already been installed and close to 129 GW is either under implementation or has been tendered. Thus, the total installed capacity would be 301 GW, which leaves approximately 200 GW capacity to be added in order to achieve the target of 500 GW capacity from non-fossil fuels. The role of States becomes critical and they have to facilitate installation of renewable energy plants by providing infrastructure such as land, water, and other amenities, law and order for safety of personnel and plants, issue conducive policies and regulations etc.
Power secretary Alok Kumar said that the energy transition is a given reality and we have been discussing it in G20 meetings as well primarily due to climate change impact, energy security and reducing our import dependence. He said that the power ministry is working on adding transmission capacity for evacuating 500 GW power, enhancing the storage capacity through pumped storage projects (PSP) and battery storage, market development for procurement of power through market-based instruments, and integrating the RE Plan with resource adequacy plans.
The status of progress under the schemes and programmes such as Solar Parks Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme, Rooftop Solar Programme, Green Energy Corridor, National Bioenergy Programme and National Green Hydrogen Mission was reviewed in detail in the all-day meeting.
The issues & challenges on implementation of these programmes were deliberated & various measures suggested by states were discussed. The states were further requested to expedite the implementation of all RE schemes in a time bound manner to achieve the RE 2030 target.
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