‘Comprehensive’ National Energy Plan for India in pipeline - Narendra Modi

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
Modi also claimed that the scheme to provide electricity to all villages has nearly been completed. Credit: Narendra Modi

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has announced that his government is working on a National Energy Policy (NEP) and has praised the progress of India's renewbale energy activity.

A draft NEP was released at the end of June this year by NITI Aayog, which noted:  “In the NEP, we are merely considering measures that are required to ensure that the large envisaged renewable energy capacity integrates well with the electricity system.”

Speaking in South Africa at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in partnership with the Government of the United States of America, Modi lauded India’s clean energy programme, which has doubled renewable energy capacity from 30GW to 60GW in three years. Meanwhile, solar generation has increased 80% in the last 12 months, he said.

He added: “We are working on developing a national gas grid.  A comprehensive national energy policy is also in the pipeline.”

Modi also claimed that the scheme to provide electricity to all villages has nearly been completed, and now the government is also starting the Saubhagya programme, which targets providing solar packs to all willing individual households, that currently do not have electricity by December 2018.

The draft NEP also stated: “The state governments have a major role in development of renewable energy as both local infrastructure and purchase support, can only be provided by states.”

Last week, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced enourmous solar tendering targets, including an additional 17GW by March next year. Bridge to India said that the mismatch between central government and the state governemtns and Discoms is one of the key reasons why this tendering plan appears “unrealistic” at present.

Read Next

May 5, 2021
SHV Energy, a Netherlands-based liquified petroleum gas (LPG) distributor, has acquired a majority stake in Indian solar developer SunSource Energy.
April 30, 2021
Solar manufacturers that plan on setting up integrated, higher capacity plants in India will be given preference in the country’s new production-linked incentive (PLI) programme.
PV Tech Premium
April 8, 2021
After a challenging year, India’s solar sector stands primed for something of a rebound. But a host of familiar issues, from the perilous state of DISCOMs to regulatory uncertainty, run the risk of stymying future growth. Vinay Rustagi, managing director at consultancy Bridge to India, talks to PV Tech about the future prospects for Indian solar.
April 8, 2021
Tata Power Solar has expanded its PV manufacturing facility in Bengaluru, India, taking the total production capacity of modules and cells to 1.1GW.
April 1, 2021
Norwegian independent power producer Scatec is looking to collaborate with project developers in India as part of efforts to gain a foothold in the country’s burgeoning solar sector.
PV Tech Premium
March 26, 2021
Solar developers have welcomed clarification on India’s new import duties for modules and cells that will come into effect next year, but questions have been raised about the ability of domestic manufacturers to ramp up production to meet rising demand.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
May 11, 2021
Upcoming Webinars
May 26, 2021
Session 1 - 7:00 AM (BST) | Session 2 - 5:00 PM (BST)
Solar Media Events
June 15, 2021
Solar Media Events
July 6, 2021