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Web Exclusive | February 2018

Piyush Goyal talks about having one global electricity grid

Union Minister of Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal has talked about having a global grid. While addressing a conference of World Energy Council India, Goyal asked the participants to think about having global transmission grid in which power can seamlessly flow from one region to the other. "The Sun shines bright in different parts of the world at different times of the day, wind velocity is good at some areas, some areas may be eminently suitable for having more nuclear power. Some gas surplus countries can produce power through gas, which is relatively cleaner than coal. And, then if one has to visualise world as one and truly make power flow across continents and countries," Goyal said. He added that with having capability to move power through oceans, we could actually start imagining a world much faster than the original 2050 that many countries are talking of. "We could truly imagine a world where we could transition into 100 percent clean energy world. That is the day I personally dream of," Goyal said. Goyal, who was Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, also lauded India's strides in the energy sector. "Honesty and transparency along with economies of scale helped us bring down the price of different forms of energy, which has brought back confidence in the power sector. But the time is ripe to plan what next in the next decade," Goyal said. He said that the opportunities are India's biggest strengths.

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