Government has resolved to come up with a proactive hydro power policy to push stalled projects and explore possibility of extending benefits for renewable sources like wind and solar to hydro projects beyond 25 MW.
“It is resolved to formulate a pro-active comprehensive hydro power policy to revive the hydro power sector. The policy shall also explore possibility of providing benefits of renewable energy to hydroelectric projects beyond 25 MW,” said Piyush Goyal, minister for power, coal and new renewable energy, after taking decision at the state power ministers’ conference at Goa.Pro-active comprehensive hydro power policy to revive the hydro power sector: Piyush Goyal Click To Tweet
The ones of up to 25 MW capacity have been categorized as small hydro power projects and get benefits as renewable energy projects. Hydro power potential in the country has been estimated at about 150 GW, with 50 GW coming from Arunachal Pradesh alone.
Earlier in March, it was told to the Lok Sabha that the planned hydro power generation capacity addition of 4,371 MW out of a total target of 10,897 MW in the 12th Plan will not be complete.
“It was also resolved to electrify all remaining un-electrified villages by December this year except in Left wing extremist areas much ahead of the revised deadline of May 1 of 2017,” Goyal said.