National Power Conference Charts Course for India's Energy Resilience
States were advised to maintain adequate coal stocks to meet rising energy demand, with a potential increase of 250 GW.
November 09, 2023. By News Bureau
Deliberations focused on crucial aspects such as India's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), new Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO), PM KUSUM Scheme, Rooftop Solar Scheme, National Green Hydrogen Mission, and more. States provided inputs on these issues, emphasizing the need to expedite commissioning of energy projects and plan for future capacity additions.
States were advised to maintain adequate coal stocks to meet rising energy demand, with a potential increase of 250 GW. The importance of shifting agricultural load to solar hours and optimizing the mix of solar and non-solar power during specific hours was highlighted.
The conference emphasized the elimination of load shedding and urged state power generating companies (GENCOS) to run power plants at full capacity. The review of Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules 2020 emphasized ensuring quality supply and establishing a uniform compensation mechanism for consumers.
The central and state governments were encouraged to strengthen their grids, prioritize smart metering for energy accounting, and expedite decisions on pumped storage projects. The significance of state-level committees on energy transition and the promotion of E-mobility and E-cooking were also highlighted.
In his closing remarks, The minister expressed satisfaction with the conference's outcomes and suggested holding State Power and New and Renewable Energy Ministers' conferences quarterly. The minister stressed the importance of fixing electricity tariffs regularly, making them cost-reflective, and reviewing the power sector's performance regularly.
The roadmap outlined by Singh included putting government departments on a prepaid system to ensure automatic payments and regular reviews of distribution companies (DISCOM) and generation companies' performance. He assured all states of the Government of India's commitment to working collaboratively for a stronger and more viable power system.
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