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India : 750 MW power will be bought from from pvt by karnataka.

The state government is all set to float tenders for procuring 750 MW of power from private power supply companies, to bridge the gap between demand and supply in the energy segment, according to DN Narasimha Raju, principal secretary, Energy Department.

Raju said the department of energy has been taking measures to meet the demand for power in the state, while giving a speech at a conference on Sustainable Energy through Renewables organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Karnataka, on Wednesday.

The state government purchased 1650 MW of energy from other states and power entities last year, he added.

65 per cent of their capacity against 78 per cent during the corresponding period last year is the working percentage of hydropower projects in the state. We expect an improvement in hydropower supply in the coming months and it depends on the monsoon, he said.

The segment has been facing a lot of problems,as per a report on opportunities in the renewable energy sectorin the state released during the seminar. Land acquisition and clearances are among the major challenges.

Forests being identified in the state where wind energy can be tappedgetting clearances from the forest department and other land authorities is a major bottleneck for the sector, putting a number of projects on hold. Despite the existence of an renewable energy policy in the state, projects are getting delayed. To address this issue, the government is planning to appoint a committee, which will simplify the procedure concerning granting of projects and clearing of roadblocks, the report stated.

The smooth development of wind projects is hindered by the lack of efficient power evacuation infrastructure. As some of the identified sites are in rural areas, there is no adequate evacuation infrastructure to connect the power-generating plants to the transmission grid, it said.

No clear roadmap for reallocation of cancelled projects, further delaying the process of setting up new plants in the state, as said by Report.The regulatory commission must ensure that renewable purchase obligation (RPO) targets are taken seriously by entities concerned and annual compliances are followed

religiously.

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