India scraps coal power plant, switches to renewable energy
For over a decade the government of India has been putting in place a comprehensive action plan to completely switch to renewable energy using solar system and wind turban. And to accomplish this in earnest and focus solely on green energy, the government has recently scrapped a planned coal fired mega power plant in Gujirat.
Gujarati state officials had planned a 4,000-Megawatt ultra-mega power project (UMPP).
It would have been the state of Gujarat’s second UMPP.
But the government decided the state was already sufficiently supplied with energy and focusing on renewables was a better longer term strategy.
“Gujarat had proposed the UMPP last year but we now feel we do not need more. Our focus is now on renewable energy. The government will encourage solar power. We already have more than sufficient generation capacity,” said the Energy Minister Chimanbhai Sapariya.
Gujarat relies on a mix of renewables and traditional power. Much of the renewable energy policy is focused around solar power and the Gujarati government plans to instal solar panels on rooftops in the state.
India aims to become a solar power leader and run off one terawatt (one million million watts) of the renewable by 2030, Energy Post reported.
The growing consumption of energy has also resulted in the country becoming increasingly dependent on fossil fuels such as coal and oil and gas. Rising prices of oil and gas and potential shortages in future lead to concerns about the security of energy supply, which is needed to sustain our economic growth. Increased use of fossil fuels also causes environmental problems both on local and global scales.
With the aid of agencies like Indian Renewable Energy Agency Ltd (IREDA) and others, the country will soon be fully enjoying the provision of innovative financing in renewable energy and energy conservation and environmental technologies through efficient systems and processes for providing total satisfaction and transparency to Indian populace.