Government plans to enhance the power transmission capacity in the country by almost three times by 2020, Union Minister Piyush Goyal has said.
“We have brought solar revolution in a big way to India. In the last two years, there was highest ever renewable energy capacity expansion in wind and solar. In fact, solar energy capacity, which was 2,400 MW in 2014, has now crossed 7,000 MW,” the Coal, Power and Renewable Energy Minister said during his visit to Chennai.
Goyal said that South India had achieved power surplus status due to various initiatives.
Gas-based power plants which were lying idle for lack of fuel had now started operations, the minister said. Most of these plants are in South India. The minister said as much as 71 per cent of transmission capacity from the Northern and Eastern grids have been connected to South India.
“All these steps put together have led to South India becoming power surplus. They have the ability to provide power 24/7 throughout South India,” he said.
“With all the thrust we are giving to renewable power, we are focusing to further increase the transmission capacity to make it nearly three times more than what it is today, by 2020,” he added. “I am delighted to share with you now that on most days, power is available at the same price in North India as in South India…,” he said.
“In earlier days, South India had to buy power at five times the cost of Northern India. Now, we have almost got it on par,” he said.