Renewable Energy Prospects Bright: Report - The New Indian Express

Renewable Energy Prospects Bright: Report

Published: 01st January 2014 09:14 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 09:14 AM

Kerala can meet over 95 per cent of its energy demand using renewable energy sources by the year 2050, according to a report released the other day.

The Energy Report - Kerala, prepared by WWF-India and the World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE) Pune, is a state-specific report that provides a vision for a 100-per cent renewable and sustainable energy supply in another three decades.

After modelling energy demand scenarios for various sectors for the projected time period, the report analyses the potential of various renewable energy sources in the state.

One significant contributor to the future renewable energy mix - and for the moment unpopular, at least in the current political scene - is solar power.

The estimation of solar power potential in Kerala, as per the report, is around 44,456 MW.

Out of this, 31,145 MW alone can be got from rooftops of households and commercial establishments.

“This is after factoring in exclusion factors such as shaded areas of roofs and tiled roofs,” World Institute of Sustainable Energy director general G M Pillai said while presenting the report.

“Existing buildings in Kerala can also revamp their roofs to accommodate solar panels.”

Similarly, the report has come out with figures for wind (off-shore and onshore), small hydro, bio-energy and wave power potential.

Various strategic interventions to reduce energy demand, such as policy considerations and state investment considerations, are also studied in the report.

The ‘curtailed demand scenario’, the report states, through energy efficiency and conservation can reduce demand by 60 per cent as compared to the ‘business as usual scenario’.

“While trying to bring about a discussion promoting renewable as the new ‘normal’, it is also important to question our unsustainable consumption pattern,” World Wildlife Fund-India programme director Sejal Worah said.

Integrating into Perspective Plan

Points from ‘The Energy Report - Kerala: 100% renewable Energy by 2050’ will be considered to be included in the Kerala Perspective Plan 2030 being prepared by the State Planning Board, said Planning Board member G Vijayaraghavan, who was present at the release of the report. Copies of the report are being given to both the Planning Board and ANERT (Agency for Non Conventional Energy and Rural Technology), the autonomous body, under the Power Department, dealing with renewable energy. The report is a follow-up to the Energy Report - India published by WWF-India and TERI earlier this month.

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