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The Government of India is planning to take several steps to transition towards clean energy.
What are the steps planned by India to transition towards clean energy?
Firstly, Clean Cooking Mission: Under this mission, the Government of India is exploring a hybrid model to leverage the roof-top solar energy for cooking.
The plan may also comprise in-house battery infrastructure for energy storage to provide uninterrupted electricity to around 250 million households.
Benefits of this proposed mission: a) It will reduce imports of costly fossil fuels b) add heft to India’s green energy credentials and c) help create demand for a solar equipment manufacturing ecosystem for ingots, wafers, cells and modules.
Secondly, the Government of India may waive the ₹400 per tonne cess on coal used by power projects that meet certain emission norms.
Thirdly, the Government is planning to launch a Roadmap for Sustainable and Holistic Approach through National Energy Efficiency (ROSHNEE) scheme. The scheme is aimed at helping India meet the climate commitments made at the Conference of Parties (COP-26) summit in Glasgow.
Fourthly, the Government of India has made it mandatory for coal-fuelled projects to use at least 5% biomass pellets as part of fuel mix to generate electricity and help farmers earn about ₹15,000 crore annually.
Source: This post is based on the article ‘Govt’s clean cooking scheme may leverage roof-top solar energy’ published in Livemint on 8th Jan 2022.