Maharashtra is second in green energy production
Though miles away from achieving green energy targets to earn substantial carbon credits, Maharashtra has managed to retain its rank-No 2-among the top five Indian states generating clean power. However, the reason the state has not been able to move up the ladder is that citizens as well as government authorities are not proactive in exploiting green energy resources. These facts were revealed in studies by Prayaas a Pune-based group and the World Bank.
Prayaas revealed that Tamil Nadu has already achieved more than 12 per cent green power generation, much ahead of the five per cent target set by the regulatory commission. This has been possible there as such energy sources have gained popularity and people are actively participating in the process. Maharashtra has achieved around 4.5 per cent green power generation, which though close to the five per cent generation target, is not substantial given the increasing demand for power in the state as compared to elsewhere in India. Gujarat ranks 3rd with a production of around 1,800 MW, followed by Andhra Pradesh (around 800 MW) and Orissa (around 300 MW).