The Consultative Committee members attached to Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy have suggested the government monitor the quality of power distribution infrastructure and fix the accountability on the ground level to ensure that there is last mile coverage of beneficiaries. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable and Mines Piyush Goyal assured members that their valuable suggestions would be adopted by the Ministries & PGCIL.
Members also suggested the government to improve the efficiency and viability of power transmission projects being set up by PGCIL
Members gave their suggestions during a meeting of the Consultative Committee attached to Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy here on Thursday under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable and Mines, Piyush Goyal. The Committee reviewed the functioning of Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) and implementation of Wind Energy Programme.
The Consultative Committee meeting started with a presentation on PGCIL by its Chairman and Managing Director, I.S.Jha. The presentation gave an overview of areas of operation of PGCIL, initiatives being undertaken like Development of National Grid, Green Energy Corridors for Renewables , SAARC Grid, use of new Technology in Transmission , performance of financial parameters, the challenges ahead and the way forward.
The second half of the meeting consisted of the presentation on Implementation of Wind Energy Programme by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The Members were apprised of growth of Wind Power in India and its share in overall Renewable Energy, installed capacity, Policy Changes, States with High Wind Potential, Domestic manufacturing, incentives for Wind energy, First Wind auction conducted successfully recently and challenges & future roadmap.
All members congratulated the Government & PGCIL for its overall performance. Members also appreciated Government’s increased focus on Renewable Energy and achieving record growth during the last three years.
The meeting was attended by Anurag Singh Thakur, Bharat Singh, Daddan Mishra, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Krishnan Narayanasamy Ramachandran, Naranbhai Bhikhabhai Kachhadia, Rajesh Ranjan (Pappu Yadav), Rajesh Pandey, Rama Kishore Singh, Sanjay (Kaka) Ramchandra Patil, Shailesh (Bulo Mandal) Kumar, Sushil Kumar Singh and Uday Pratap Singh from Lok Sabha and Bashistha Narain Singh, Lal Singh Vadodia and Mahesh Poddar from Rajya Sabha.
The Secretary, Power, AK Bhalla and Anand Kumar, Secretary MNRE, the Chairman cum Managing Director & Directors of PGCIL, and senior officials of Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy also attended the meeting.