Deliberation session held

Mungchan Zimik
Ukhrul, Feb 12: As part of  Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Annual Media Conclave on the State of India's Environment and Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2020, a deliberation session on "Is India on track for meeting its renewable target & Fighting air pollution - Next-generation action for our healthy living" was held on Tuesday at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) Nimli Alwar, Rajasthan.
According to the reports, India has set itself a target of 175 gigawatt (GW) RE capacity by 2022, mainly in the form of 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind.
Between 2014 and 2018, the RE sector grew from 2.6 GW to 28 GW, a cumulative aggregated growth rate of around 18 per cent. But there has been a slowdown in capacity addition and auctions due to emerging risks and unaddressed structural issues," the report said.
The slowdown, naturally, raises doubts about India's capability to meet the 175 GW target. To catch up, the country is now required to install 37.8 GW of solar rooftop, 32.1 GW of solar utility and 23.3 GW of wind power capacity in two and half years,".
The Government must also restore the sanctity of auctions by removing arbitrary barriers like ceilings and by refraining from cancellations or postponement of bids.
New mechanisms should be explored to manage discom risks and simultaneously, the Government should start working on the country’s longer-term energy decarbonisation vision.
The three media conclave concluded yesterday at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute (AAETI) Nimli Alwar, Rajasthan.