Making energy count
Addressing the Energy Security Conference, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid said, " Need to explore, enhance, develop and fortify relations with energy exporting countries and also develop technologies for alternate energy sources."
At the conference organised by the MEA and CII, Khurshid emphasised on the strategic and economic importance of energy security, the opportunities in this space and the strategies and structured approaches that have been adopted by the government.
He said, “Demand for energy is growing at a terrifying pace in India and yet not fast enough if we take into account the per capita consumption in India. Sources of energy are depleting at a fast pace and we are already importing 80 % of our oil and 25% of our gas requirements. Going forward, if we continue to grow at 8-9 % import dependence is likely to increase and India would be importing 35-57% of coal, 90-94% of oil and 20-57% of gas by 2031-32.”
Highlighting the key thrust areas, he said, “At the domestic level, we need to optimally exploit and utilise our energy resources; leverage on opportunities provided by coal bed methane and shale gas and develop technologies to scale up renewable energy. In addition in the nuclear field there needs to be some clarity in public perception."
Mentioning some of the achievements and initiatives taken by the government, he said “We have made progress in
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