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With Cop26 goals in mind, government sets up new panels

The Centre has begun working on its Cop26 goals, setting up panels to draw up action plans to meet its climate targets announced by Prime Minister Modi at the Glasgow conference.

An inter-ministerial meeting was held recently wherein all stakeholder departments across all sectors — coal, steel, cement, transport, shipping, power, railways, civil aviation, urban development and more — were asked to draw up action plans to help achieve the Cop26 goals at the earliest, ET has learnt.

The impact of renewable energy (RE) scale-up on thermal power plants is under examination. Top of the list is the target to achieve 500GW of non-fossil fuel based energy capacity by 2030.

Various panels have already begun meeting to detail every aspect of the scale-up — from year-wise action plans for the increase in renewable energy, to ensuring a transmission system, storage options and purchase by discoms.

On December 30, 2021, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy set up a committee for preparing a roadmap for ‘Mission 500GW’ co chaired by secretaries to the ministry of power and MNRE. It is tasked with defining state-wise and year-wise share of solar, wind and other renewable energy sources to achieve the target by 2030. The mission will look at ways to incentivise and make the storage concern affordable.

A separate Group of Officers has been created by the power ministry in November 2021, days after the Cop 26 declaration, to formulate a policy framework to promote energy storage in the power sector.

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ET Energy World
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