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Web Exclusive | March 2013

Ministry aims to add 30 gw renewable energy capacity in 12th Plan

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy aims to add 30,000 mw capacity during the 12th Plan period (2012-17) from various renewable energy sources.

This information was given by Minister for New & Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah in Rajya Sabha recently.

About 27,000 mw renewable power generation capacity has been installed in the country from various renewable energy sources. A capacity of 12,437 mw from renewable energy projects have been added during the last 3 years (2009-10 to 2011-12) and current year (as on 31.01.2013).

According to the report published by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), 36,947 million units, 41,150 million units and 51,226 million units were generated during 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively from renewable energy sources. During 2012-13, about 23,557 million units (April-August) have been generated from renewable energy sources in the country.

The ministry is implementing a number of renewable energy schemes or programmes such as wind, small hydro, biomass and solar throughout the country, for enhancing power generation from renewable energy sources.

The government has formulated an Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) covering all sources of energy including renewable energy sources. The IEP document gives a roadmap to develop energy supply options and increased exploitation of renewable energy sources.

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