Modi govt to take green path to growth.
T HE Modi government has emphasised in no uncertain terms India's commitment to pursue a "green path to growth". Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal said this during the India- US Ministerial Energy Dialogue at the US Department of Energy, Washington, last week. The American side was led by Dr Ernest Moniz, the US Secretary of Energy.
During the dialogue, the minister reviewed the progress made by the six working groups of the energy dialogue and identified new areas for cooperation. They also reviewed various energyrelated issues agreed in the India- US Joint Statement during President Barack Obama's visit to India in January 2015.
G OYAL stressed on the objective of his government to provide 24x7 power across India by 2019 by creating cost- effective infrastructure which was sustainable and inclusive of clean energy solutions. While emphasising that India was committed to pursue a green path to growth, he elaborated on the country's plans for deployment of 175 GW Renewable Power capacities by 2022, including 100 GW of solar and 60 GW of Wind, which may require investment of around $ 150 billion in the next seven years.
The minister also expounded on the government's objective of construction of 100 smart cities which would include in its blueprint adequate provisions for power generation, usage of renewables and energy efficiency technologies, comprehensive waste management programme, usage of waste to energy technologies, etc. He pointed out that India- US
collaboration in the energy sector offered great potential, in view of India's enormous energy needs and the US's resources, capabilities and technology. He also welcomed US- based companies to invest in the Indian energy sector and invited them to also participate in India's unconventional hydrocarbons sector, especially in the field of exploration of alternate energy sources such as shale oil, shale gas and gas hydrates.
During the dialogue, presentations were made on progress made under various joint research programme like Partnership to Advance Clean Energy - Research ( PACE - R), including in the field of solar energy, energy efficient buildings and biofuels. Substantial headway has been made for the development of new technologies for distributed power generation through solar thermal route and development of new tools for improved building energy efficiency codes. It was also agreed to explore addition of smart grids and energy storage for grid application as the fourth stream under PACE - R. Presentations were also made on various aspects of integration of clean energy sources into existing energy infrastructure in India, as well as mechanisms for promoting financing for clean energy and cleaner fossil energy sources.
Avenues for advancing off- grid clean energy access were also discussed during the dialogue.
Bearing in mind the commitment of both countries to climate change, the focus of the meeting revolved on various dimensions of clean energy in order to ensure that people have access to adequate and affordable energy for better quality of life and sustainable livelihood.
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