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15 years on, HP moves towards new hydro power policy

After 15 years, Himachal Pradesh is going to change its hydro power policy to address fresh challenges in hydro, biomass and solar power development. The state has prepared a draft energy policy 2021 that aims to promote green, clean and sustainable generation of energy to enable quick harnessing of full potential of Himachal Pradesh.

It also aims to harness and commission 10,000 MW of hydro energy by 2030 to have an operational capacity of 20,948 MW beside upgrading the existing run of river hydro plants for pumped storage plants/hybrid power plants.

According to officials, the hydro power policy 2006 of the state has served its objectives well and over the last 15 years, there has been a paradigm shift in energy scenario of the country. The country is moving towards renewable energy that is total green energy as per the Paris Agreement signed in December 2015. The solar and wind power share is increasing at a faster rate than the hydro.

Hydro power along with hybrid, battery and pumped storages and hydrogen energy is going to be the focus areas in coming years.

Source
ET Energy World
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