Coordinated effort vital to meet renewable energy target: Climate Parliament

Richa Mishra New Delhi | Updated on January 28, 2013 Published on January 28, 2013

The Climate Parliament in its report on ‘Review of India’s progress in achieving NAPCC target of 15 per cent renewable energy by 2020’ said there is an urgent need for co-ordination amongst the key Government bodies for implementation of the renewable energy targets.

The report says that "It is essential that all ministries and organisations related to power sector own the target set by the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC)."

Climate Parliament is a network of cross-party parliamentarians to promote renewable energy.

The report shows that the final draft of 12th Five Year Plan which was tabled to the National Development Council on December 27, 2012, provides two different estimates of renewable energy shares in the country’s electricity mix by 2017.

While in one section the Plan refers that the share of renewable energy in India’s electricity mix is likely to reach nine per cent by end-2017 and 16 per cent by end-2030. In another section it states that the ambitious target of 30,000 MW by 2017 has been set in accordance with the NAPCC goal of achieving 12 per cent renewable energy target by 2017.

The 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) is crucial for assessing renewable energy achievements, setting mid-term goals and suggesting measures for achieving the NAPCC targets.

According to the 12th Plan, the NAPCC norms envisage that the share of renewable energy in the electricity mix which was to reach seven per cent in 2011-12 should reach 12 per cent by 2016-17. For this the corresponding renewable requirement would be 52,000 megawatt considering the conservative average capacity utilisation factor of 30 per cent.

The present installed capacity of renewable power is around 25,000 megawatt and consequently the renewable power capacity addition required for the 12th plan would be about 30,000 megawatt.

According to the recent report released by the Central Electricity Authority till August 2012 renewable energy formed close to 10 per cent of the total installed capacity while it formed six per cent of the country’s total power generation.

Published on January 28, 2013
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