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Renewable energy can complement nation's power demand for next 7-8 yrs: TERI report

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New Delhi | Sunday, Feb 26 2017 IST
 
Renewable energy will fill the demand for power in the country in the next seven to eight years and during this period the nation will not feel the need for new coal plants to meet power demand.According to a recent report titled "Changes in Indian power sector-- 2017-2030" of TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute), ample renewable energy is available at the national level to meet the nation's power demands for the next seven to eight years. This includes sufficient non-traditional energy quota and future power production also. According to an estimate by TERI, power produced by renewable energy sources will increase from 5.6 per cent to 34 per cent by 2030 whereas production share of coal based energy will decrease from present 73 per cent to 56 per cent. Per person power consumption will increase from present 1075 KW to 1490 KW in 2021-22, to 2121 KW in 2026-27 and 2634 KW in 2029-30, as estimated.

With government paying attention to renewable energy especially the solar energy and wind energy and in view of environmental issues arising because of coal based plants, a massive change would be seen in the combined estimate of the two sources of power. The capacity of high powered sources of renewable energy has been augmented from present 50 Gigawatt to 175 Gigawatt in 2021-22 and 275 Gigawatt in 2025-26.It is aimed to increase power production from wind energy sources and other power generation sources from 6.47 per cent in 2017 to 34 per cent in 2030. It is also planned to to increase production of solar energy from present 18 billion in 2017 to 614 billion in 2030 and wind energy from present 59 billion to 488 billion.

To increase power production steps like infrastructure to make power Grid robust timely, to develop adequate collection power and to strengthen measures for production and demand of renewable energy would prove to be crucial in the long run.UNI SY SHK 1500

-- (UNI) -- C-1-1-DL0093-1165982.Xml

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