Recently, the government will amend the National Electricity Policy (NEP), 2005, under which the new National Electricity Policy (NEP) 2021 will also consider demand, climate goals, etc.
- Simultaneously, the process of drafting the NEP 2021 by a specially constituted expert committee in the light of climate commitments is also underway.
- NEP-2021 will focus on optimal regulatory regime for the future. It will outline a framework of some of the successful initiatives. Also, it will set new medium-term objectives, which will be based on past achievements. It will also identify various measures to achieve these objectives.
- New coal based power should not be generated unless the old units are replaced and/or the non-fossil sources are not able to meet the energy demand.
- The old thermal power generation units should be decommissioned. Also, retrofitting existing thermal plants and scaling up to a flexible operation should be encouraged.
Renewable Energy: RE
Grid operations need to be optimized to meet the growing proportion of renewable energy.
India’s total electricity generation has grown at 5.85% per annum since 1990-91, but coal-based power still accounts for 55% of the total installed generation capacity.
Source – The Hindu