Resource Digest - - POWER DEMAND -

With a view to en­sure bet­ter ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion of wind en­ergy projects, the Union Power Min­istry is de­vel­op­ing a frame­work for re­pow­er­ing wind farms from 200-300 watt units to 2-5 MW that are avail­able in the mar­ket, Min­is­ter for Power, Coal, and New and Re­new­able En­ergy, Piyush Goyal said at an As­socham event held in New Delhi.

“I am look­ing at ways to get re­pow­er­ing done, I know the chal­lenges of new wind sights or get­ting land, we are try­ing to get squat­ters out of the land which they are squat­ting on but not im­ple­ment­ing projects and we are talk­ing to states to cre­ate a more ro­bust frame­work,” said Mr. Goyal while ad­dress­ing an in­dus­try in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion on re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor or­gan­ised by the As­so­ci­ated Cham­bers of Commerce and In­dus­try of In­dia (As­socham).

He also in­formed that the gov­ern­ment plans to use off-grid power gen­er­a­tion in cer­tain vil­lages, ac­cord­ing to a press release from As­socham.

“We are cre­at­ing a frame­work that when­ever the grid reaches there, the off grid guy can sup­ply that power like net me­ter­ing into the grid, so we are cre­at­ing that frame­work to en­cour­age peo­ple to go off grid,” said Mr. Goyal.


Talk­ing about the dis­com res­o­lu­tion, Mr. Goyal said, “We are not only seized of it but we are work­ing re­lent­lessly on a daily ba­sis to fine tune and re­fine our pro­pos­als on that with­out giv­ing any sub­sidy again or any grant/ad­di­tional money (to the States).”

“Dis­com res­o­lu­tion is on the cards and we are very con­fi­dent to have been able to cre­ate a sus­tain­able ro­bust frame­work in con­sul­ta­tion with states,” said Mr. Goyal.

He also said that the gov­ern­ment was fi­nal­is­ing the con­tours of power tar­iff pol­icy. “We are re­view­ing the tar­iff pol­icy and very soon we will be tak­ing it to the cab­i­net, it has very ex­cit­ing fea­tures for the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.

Mr. Goyal also said it is im­per­a­tive to make the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor self-suf­fi­cient and self-re­liant by cut­ting back on sub­si­dies. “Sub­sidy for the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor is a sen­si­tive is­sue, ideally now time has come we should move out of the sub­sidy.”

The Min­is­ter also said that gov­ern­ment plans to bring down the cost of each LED bulb to Rs.44 from a level of Rs.74 through com­pet­i­tive bid­ding.


Talk­ing about the slow progress of hy­del power sec­tor, Mr. Goyal said at the event that he had been able to get the Rs.9,000 crore worth Teesta power project back on line and with work ex­pected to start soon it is likely to come on stream in a year’s time.

He also asked the in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions to work in the na­tional in­ter­est and not to be­come post­man for scam­sters or those fol­low­ing bad busi­ness prac­tices.


Talk­ing about the poor progress of re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor in In­dia, Mr. Goyal said, “Ef­fec­tively, what I in­her­ited was a sit­u­a­tion where the in­dus­try had al­most given up hope, you had anti-dump­ing loom­ing large on so­lar in­dus­try, wind in­dus­try was crum­bling in the back of with­drawal of cer­tain fis­cal ben­e­fits, bagasse based plants were al­most dead or sick, small hy­del was al­ready over.”


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