Minister Wants Indian Government To Set 10 Percent Renewable Energy Minimum

India’s Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Resources has called for rules on mandatory generation of renewable energy as well as provisions for preferential pricing for clean energy, to be included in the government’s forthcoming Electricity Bill.

NEW DELHI, India (IN) 2002-02-04 [] Minister of State M. Kannappan says the alternative energies ministry has suggested to the Power Ministry that the Bill include provisions requiring the generation of a minimum 10 percent of power from renewable sources. He also called for the Electricity Bill to include preferential pricing based on the avoidable cost of negative externalities associated with fossil fuel based generation. The Minister also says promotional measures like wheeling, banking and third party sale for grid connected power projects should also be incorporated. Kanappan is also calling for a boost in exports of wind turbines and components to enable India to become a hub for their manufacture. India is currently the world’s fifth largest producer of wind energy with a generating capacity of 1500 MW. The government has proposed to add 10,000 MW of generation capacity from renewable sources by 2012, with 4,265 MW to be set up during the 10th Plan period.
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