'Climate Change has Put Focus on Necessity of Renewable Energy'

Published: 15th February 2016 05:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th February 2016 01:42 PM   |  A+A-

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu (File|AFP)

BENGALURU: Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said climate change has put the focus on the necessity of renewable energy and this is also being used as an opportunity to help the transition to a cleaner and greener world.

Speaking after inaugurating World Utility Summit (WUS), during ELECRAMA 2016 - World Electricity Forum, the Minister said that PM Narendra Modi has come up with a new idea of Global Solar Alliance that aims for around 125 countries to collaborate and together chase this sustainable energy source. “Nobody had thought that India would think of achieving 100,000 MW by 2022. This is a giant step and India will become the biggest producer of solar power in the world,” he said.

The three-day World Utility Summit hosts senior leaders of utilities, energy efficiency bodies, standards organisations, regulators, finance professionals and policy makers from many countries.

Suresh Prabu said that distributed generation is becoming a necessity and hopefully it will soon become a reality. He said that India needs to bring in distributed generation of electricity to meet its electrical energy demands. These generations are based on the technologies, mainly renewable, including wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, geothermal energy and micro hydro power plants.

Phillippe Joubert, Executive Chair-Global Electricity Initiative, World Energy Council, UK, said that the electricity sector must now change dramatically in the entire world. The Indian Power sector has come a long way as the leadership in India is taking it in the right direction, said Dr Richard O’Neill, Chief Economic Advisor - Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, USA.


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