Parliamentary panel pulls up MNRE for missing renewable energy targets over years

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Energy has pulled up the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for failing to meet the targets for capacity addition over years. The failure could hamper the efforts at meeting the larger national target of reaching 175 Gigawatt (GW) capacity by 2022, it has said.

The ministry could achieve only 11,319 Megawatt (Mw) of grid-connected RE capacity addition against a target of 16,560 Mw in 2016-17. It managed to achieve only 11,876 Mw of the targeted 14,445 Mw in 2017-18. Similarly, during 2018-19, only 8,519 Mw could be installed against the target of 15,355 Mw, a shortfall of 44.50 per cent.

For the current financial (2019-20), the ministry had managed to achieve 4,272 Mw of the targeted 11,852 Mw grid-connected capacity by end September. Data sourced from the ministry’s website shows 7,592 Mw of renewable energy capacity has been added in the current fiscal year as on December 2019.

“The committee hopes that the ministry will strive hard to achieve the target in the current year. The Committee feel that year-on-year shortfall in achievement of targets may hamper the entire mission of achieving 175 GW by 2022 which, in turn, may reflect poorly upon the commitment and sincerity of the ministry,” the panel said in its report tabled in Parliament in December.

The committee, chaired by Janta Dal (United) Member of Parliament Rajiv Ranjan Singh, recommended the ministry should identify the weak areas and take corrective actions without delay and also ensure continuous monitoring of the implementing agencies.

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