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States told to lay stress on renewable energy

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Mr Vilas Muttemwar
Mr Vilas Muttemwar

Our Bureau

Chennai, Sept. 1

ENERGY from renewable sources is indispensable in ensuring energy sufficiency and growth, according to Mr Vilas Muttemwar, Union Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources.

Addressing a training programme on wind farm development and related issues here on Thursday, Mr Muttemwar said that State governments would have to encourage use of non-conventional energy projects with incentives.

Power from renewable energy was at the forefront of the Government's focus on energy sufficiency, which is key for economic development. This would help to provide power to remote and rural areas. Even in urban areas, non-conventional sources can be exploited to provide power to the poor, he said.

Such power sources can be decentralised facilities, which also offer the advantage of providing jobs in rural areas and reducing power wastage by doing away with the need to transmit power over long distance.

The ministry has instructed 93 city administrations to use urban waste to generate power. It plans to supply solar powered light units to every household in 25,000 villages.

Wind power potential is estimated at 45,000 MW, of which, only a fraction has been exploited. Solar power can be set up in a few days and wind power projects in a matter of months. That plant load factor is low is not a concern because they are eco-friendly power sources, cost effective and offer other advantages.

Mr K. Allaudin, Chairman and Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency, said that Tamil Nadu accounts for about 55 per cent of the total installed capacity wind power. Energy from renewable sources is ideal not only for industrial and commercial use but also in urban areas to power traffic lights and hoardings.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated September 2, 2005)
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