The Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is targeting a capacity addition of 30,000 mw during the 12th Plan period (2012-17) from various renewable energy sources, This was stated by the Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah in the Rajya Sabha on March 11.
His Ministry is implementing a number of renewable energy schemes/programmes such as wind, small hydro, biomass and solar throughout the country for enhancing power generation from renewable energy sources. The government is also giving various fiscal and financial incentives, such as capital/interest subsidy, accelerated depreciation, concessional excise and customs duties to promote power generation from new and renewable energy sources.
Among the other steps taken to promote power generation from alternative sources of energy include preferential tariff for purchase of power generated from renewable sources, introduction of Renewable Energy Certificates and Renewable Purchase Obligation.
The Government has formulated an Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) covering all sources of energy including renewable energy sources. The IEP document gives a roadmap to develop energy supply options and increased exploitation of renewable energy sources. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is targeting a capacity addition of 30,000 mw during the 12th Plan period (2012-17) from various renewable energy sources.
About 27,000 mw renewable power generation capacity has been installed in the country from various renewable energy sources. A Capacity of 12,437 mw from renewable energy projects have been added during the last 3 years (2009-10 to 2011-12) and current year (as on 31.01.2013).
As per the report published by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), 36,947 million units, 41,150 million units and 51,226 million units were generated during 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively from renewable energy sources. During 2012-13, about 23,557 million units (April-August) have been generated from renewable energy sources in the country.