Government deliberates on challenges in the power sector in a national conference

The Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy R. K. Singh met with various state and UT ministers at the National Conference of Power and New & Renewable Energy Ministers of States & UTs. The conference deliberated on various challenges in the power sector including increasing energy and peak power demand along with global pressure to reduce carbon emissions and attracting private finance in thermal sector. There was also emphasis on further strengthening the distributions sector and switching agricultural load to solar power.

The role of states in meeting India’s renewable energy targets was also highlighted. States were advised to overcome challenges in implementing rooftop solar and PM KUSUM, and also align with the green open access rules. Adequate care needs to be taken that various renewable energy projects are commissioned in time.

By the end of September 2023, 131.78 GW of renewable energy has been installed in the country comprising of 44.18 GW of wind power, 71.78 GW of solar power, and the rest made up of bioenergy and small hydro. Between April to September 2023, 6.6 GW of renewable energy capacity has been added with the majority contributed by solar power.