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India Committed to Low Carbon Growth Strategy in Power Sector: Shinde Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 October 2011
New Delhi: India is actively pursuing a low carbon growth strategy in the Power Sector to address climate related issues. This was stated by the Minister of Power Shri Sushilkumar Shinde at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting in Paris.

Pointing out that India’s future energy mix is likely to be coal dominated due to endowment of domestic coal reserves, Shri Shinde said that India is moving towards Super Critical Technology in coal based thermal plants along with rapid induction of other Clean Coal Technologies. He said that during the 13th Five Year Plan (2017-2022), super critical technology would dominate the power scenario in India.

Shinde was making an intervention during the session on “Accelerating the Transition to a Secure, Low Carbon Energy Future’ organised as part of the meeting. IEA meeting was attended by energy ministers of IEA member countries including USA, UK, France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Turkey, and EU and 8 partner countries including India, Russia, China, South Africa, Chille, Indonesia, Brazil, and Mexico.

The Minister highlighted that India has taken policy initiatives for the development of renewable energy and the implementation of energy efficient improvement programmes. He said the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), which is under implementation aims at adding 20,000 MW solar capacity by 2022. He added that the State Electricity Regulatory Commissions in India are mandating a minimum Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) to the power distribution utilities of their respective states. Shri Shinde informed that in order to facilitate capacity addition based on renewable energy, a mechanism of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or “Green Certificates” has recently been introduced in India.

Stating that the Indian Government has given due emphasis to energy efficiency, Shri Shinde said that 37 ESCOs have been accredited by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). He said a National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency is under implementation while a “Perform-Achieve-Trade” (PAT) Scheme for energy intensive sectors has been launched recently. Reaffirming that it is common responsibility to work for the poorest of the poor, Shri Shinde said that the policy initiatives taken by the Government of India and the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change would guide low carbon growth in India during the next decade.

All Efforts Being Made to Address Power Shortage

Inaugurating the 14th India Power Forum in New Delhi today the Minister of State for Power, Shri K. C. Venugopal said that the power situation is improving. He said the unexpected rainfall at coal mining areas and strikes in some states caused a big gap in demand and supply of electricity. The Minister informed that the NTPC Plant at Ramagundam which was affected due to strike at Singareni Coal Fields has started generation at full load since yesterday as the strike has been called off. He added that the NTPC has also been asked to speed up the annual maintenance work at its Talcher Power Station in Orissa which should be completed before Deepavali.

Touching upon the theme of the Conference which relates to efficiency improvement, Shri Venugopal said that there is a need to increase efficiency of the existing plants in order to reduce fuel consumptions and carbon emissions. He said the State Utilities are being persuaded to take up renovation and modernisation programmes on priority basis. Highlighting that the Ministry of Power is giving top priority to 4,000 MW Ultra Mega Power Projects, the Minister said that with the adoption of new super critical technology the efficiency of power generation will improve. He said laying new transmission lines to transport power from new generating stations and transfer power from one region to other are also on priority which should improve the efficiency & over all viability of the sector.

Shri Venugopal said that the Government is presently engaged in improving the financial health of Distribution companies. He added that the Sate governments are being advised to introduce system of automatic tariff revision to take care of increasing costs.

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