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India’s Updated (2016) Renewable Energy “Guidelines”: Bold targets, but can we meet them?

dc.contributor.authorRahul Tongia
dc.description.abstractThe government has announced a number of targets and support mechanisms for RE. Almost two years ago, the central government announced plans to grow to 175 GW of RE capacity by 2022, more than a five-fold growth in just seven years. RE has since been supported through a number of financial and non-financial means (and enjoyed support even before the 175 GW targets). Recently, the Indian cabinet approved amendments to the National Tariff Policy to push for 8 per cent of generation to come from solar by 2022 (excluding hydropower). The approval also talks of free inter-state transmission of wind and solar. On the other hand, the same amendments ask for maximising use of existing power plants to save money. At some point, maybe sooner than people realise, this will lead to a disconnect. While RE is worthy of support, one has to triangulate its implications, not just on the grid or finances, but also on alternative sources of supply as well. To scale sustainably, RE needs not just improvements in costs (solar prices are falling the fastest of major RE sources) but also improved frameworks for incorporating such power to the Indian grid. As a Brookings India study has shown for RE, coal, and power demand, if we try and triangulate, the numbers don’t quite add up. The targeted 1,500 million tonnes of coal (by 2020)—mostly used by the power sector—and an added 175 GW of RE by 2022 would lead to an overcapacity of supply.
dc.publisherBrookings India
dc.titleIndia’s Updated (2016) Renewable Energy “Guidelines”: Bold targets, but can we meet them?
dc.subject.expertRural planning
dc.subject.expertAid coordination
dc.subject.expertIndustrial projects
dc.subject.expertInfrastructure projects
dc.subject.expertNatural resources policy
dc.subject.expertEducational development
dc.subject.expertDevelopment policy
dc.subject.expertEnergy Demand
dc.subject.expertAlternative energy program
dc.subject.expertDomestic Energy
dc.subject.expertEnergy Demand
dc.subject.expertEnergy Sources
dc.subject.adbAlternative Energy Development
dc.subject.adbAsian Development Bank
dc.subject.adbDevelopment Cooperation
dc.subject.adbRural Development Projects
dc.subject.adbEnergy Development Finance
dc.subject.adbRenewable Energy
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in rural development
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in community development
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment banks
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalEnvironmental auditing
dc.subject.naturalCumulative effects assessment
dc.subject.naturalHuman rights and globalization
dc.subject.naturalRural manpower policy
dc.subject.naturalBiomass chemical
dc.subject.naturalBiomass gassification
dc.subject.naturalBiomass energy
dc.subject.naturalEnergy Security
dc.subject.naturalRenewable Energy Source
dc.subject.naturalSupply and Demand
dc.subject.naturalSolar energy policy
dc.subject.naturalDevelopment banks
dc.subject.naturalJoint venture
dc.subject.naturalEnergy policy
dc.subject.naturalRenewable energy source
dc.subject.naturalSolar energy
dc.subject.naturalEnergy development
dc.subject.naturalEnergy resource
dc.title.seriesImpact Series
dc.title.volumeNo. 082016-2.1
dc.contributor.imprintBrookings Institution India Center
oar.adminregionSouth Asia Region
oar.authorTongia, Rahul

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