Govt to focus on wind and hydro power schemes: Goyal

Govt to focus on wind and hydro power schemes: Goyal

With an eye on green power and after kick starting solar power generation supported by viable programs, the government will now focus on wind and hydro power capacity schemes, said union minister of state for power, coal and RE minister, Piyush Goyal.

Goyal said a policy was underway for reverse auction for wind power projects on the lines of solar power projects, which witnessed lowering of tariff to below Rs 5 per unit.

He was addressing the media on the achievements of his there ministries of Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy in the last two years.

At present, wind power projects are awarded on the basis of feed in tariff which is provided by the regulator on the basis of costs of land, equipment and other services.

About the village electrification, the minister expressed confidence the that the target of electrifying 18,452 villages will be achieved a year ahead of the set deadline of May 1, 2018.

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“We will electrify all 18,452 villages by May 1, 2017, a year ahead of targeted deadline of May 1, 2018,” the minister said.

However, he said that “there may be a few aberrations (consumers) that may be from very dense forest, left wind extremism affected area or possibly a consumer who does not want power or one does not apply for power.”

“I am very confident with the achievement of the two years gone by and with the roadmap being prepared for next three years… (the government will achieve) transformational results,” he added.

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