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Renewable energy is the way to go forward : Karnataka Power 2009 Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Bangalore: "In Karnataka, renewable energy is the way to go forward and there is scope for major partnership between the public and private sector," said K Jairaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Energy, Government of Karnataka while addressing a conference on Karnataka Power - Opportunities & Challenges organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

In order to sustain the growth of its economy, Karnataka needs to implement an accelerated capacity addition as well as more efficient Transmission & Distribution system.

Government of Karnataka has decided to launch a new wave of reforms and complete the reform process in the shortest possible time to accelerate Public Private Partnership initiatives in the Electricity Sector.

"Karnataka, in an attempt to foster non-conventional uses of energy is bringing out a policy. The policy would encourage promoters of non-conventional power project, be it wind, energy ,solar, tidal energy or bio-gas," said Sh. K.S. Eshwarappa, Minister of Energy, Govt of Karnataka.

"The state has an estimated potential to produce around 18,000 MW of power from non-conventional sources of energy. The state, so far, has accorded permission to the independent power producers to generate 9,000 MW of power through non-conventional sources," the minister said.

He said that, this year, the government would add at least 500 MW from renewableenergy sources to the grid.

"Wind itself has got fantastic potential in Karnataka. It is estimated at 12,000 MW. We have realized about 2000 MW so far. We have allotted another 4000 odd MW," said Sh. K Jairaj. He urged the CII to take steps to promote private investment in renewable energy.

"We are very keen that the private sector should come forward and take up this project. There is a new Renewable Energy Policy on the anvil . We are going to cut down on all the impediments that are being faced by the entrepreneurs. In terms of land purchase we are planning to ride piggyback on the industries department so that through the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) land can be made available if they regard Renewable energy as industry. In terms of Forest clearances and so on we will have an empowered committee which will try to get the forest clearances in good time. We are also trying for better security arrangements in terms of payments to the distributing company," he added.

The total installed power plant capacity in Karnataka is about 8500 MW including allocations from Central Generating Stations. The Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) currently has a capacity of about 5000 MW. The Renewable sector contributes to another 1800 MW.

Speaking about the initiatives to help industries to grow, Smt. G Latha Krishna Rao, Managing Director, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd said that substations would be constructed in industrial zones and dedicated feeders would be set up for industries. Under the 'Nirantara Jyoti' scheme continuous power supply would be ensured. She said that substations could be set up at specific industrial zones eg - steel, cement, automotive, aerospace etc.

"NTPC is going to set up a 4000 MW project in Kudigi. The chairman of NTPC is going to come to Bangalore on the 4th of December, visit Kudigi, and then the land acquisition is going to start and hopefully by the end of December we would have the groundbreaking at Kudigi," Sh. K Jairaj said.

He said that the petroleum secretary was emphatic that the gas grid from Dhabhol to Bangalore, being promoted by GAIL, will be a reality by 2012. Through the  gas grid we can power about 8000 - 10000 MW.

The state has planned to set up four 2000 MW gas based power plants at Belgaum, Gadag, Davangere and Tumkur at a cost of nearly 32,000 crore. 

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