News Brief | September 2011
Govt to prepare bio-energy mission to boost generation
The government is preparing a national bio-energy mission to boost generation from biomass, which is derived from agriculture, animal and human waste and can be harnessed to produce fuel, power and heat. As per some estimates, it can potentially generate about 25,000 MW in India. According to the ministry, each MW generated from biomass plants will be able to cover about 6,000 rural households. The ministry has earmarked Rs 3,400 crore for the various incentive schemes under the mission.
Farooq Abdullah, Minister of New and Renewable Energy, said that the mission, to be launched during the 12th Five-Year Plan, will offer a policy and regulatory environment to facilitate large-scale capital investments in biomass-fired power stations.