Renewable Energy is way to provide a reliable supply of power in Jharkhand
Demand for Mini-Grid Policy for Energy Access in Jharkhand
Ranchi, 26th February 2019: The Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED), in partnership with the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) & Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation organized a national conference “Road Ahead for Energy Access” with an intent to showcase the steps taken by the government of Jharkhand to meet its aim to provide electricity for all and explore other ways to provide quality supply and fill in the gaps through the use various approaches including decentralized renewable energy systems.
While speaking at the conference, Mr. Ramapati Kumar, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CEED, congratulated the energy department for achieving 100% household electrification and overall improvement in power scenario of Jharkhand. The real challenge for energy department begins now as there will be new aspiration and quick surge in power demand in the light of 100% electrification. Since there is a life beyond connection and therefore, government have to work towards meeting reliable and quality supply of electricity for overall development. It’s a paradox that despite being endowed with rich mineral resources and potential to become a hub for power generation in India, Jharkhand suffers from resource curse as it contributes only 0.5% to India’s total installed power capacity. He further drew the attention of the guest on ways through which decentralized renewable energy systems or Mini-grid projects can fill the gap to provide quality supply and meet the state’s energy demand, Mr. Kumar concluded.
The chief guest of the conference, Shri Niranjan Kumar, Director of JREDA highlighted the role of Decentralized Distributed Generation System (Mini-grids) and how it has changed the lives of people in 213 villages in the state through off grid standalone energy systems. He further mentioned that JREDA is committed to reduce the dependence on fossil fuel based electricity by increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the power-mix in order to achieve energy security.This will also help in meeting the renewable energy targets of the State and help in fulfilling the country’s climate change pledge, Mr. Kumar concluded
The special guest at the conference, Shri R. N. Singh Member (Technical), JSERC said that 2018 has been historic year for Jharkhand, as we came a long way in ensuring all villages and households in the state as electrified. The Energy department shall work towards ensuring quality and reliable supply of electricity to each and every household and will be committed to strengthen the department to meet the new challenges. We are equally committed to bring about sizable improvement in providing energy access through decentralized renewable energy (DRE) systems throughout the state”. The Solar Policy, 2015, Newly added Solar roof top Policy, 2019 and proposed Mini-grid Policy will further help in meeting our challenges to provide quality and reliable supply of electricity to people of Jharkhand.
The conference witnessed the participation from various stakeholders representing government departments and agencies, industry, policy think tanks, universities, investors and civil society groups. The conference concluded with overwhelming demand for separate Mini-Grid policy which can help in bridging the gaps through decentralized renewable energy systems in the state.
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