CEA seeks removal of 25 megawatt renewable cap on hydro projects

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Kolkata | Published: September 4, 2016 4:28:47 PM

If hydro power projects gets renewable status then the 1000 mw Turga pumped storage hydro power project in West Bengal, which already received CEA approval, is likely to get a boost.

SD Dubey said the communication had been forwarded to the power ministry and would now require cabinet clearance. (Reuters)SD Dubey said the communication had been forwarded to the power ministry and would now require cabinet clearance. (Reuters)

All hydro power projects in the country may get renewable status to boost the sector.

“We have already written to the committee on measures to expedite hydro projects to remove the 25 mw cap for hydro power projects to treat it as renewable and treat all hydro power projects, including large ones as renewable,” Central Electricity Authority chairman S D Dubey told PTI.

He said the communication had been forwarded to the power ministry and would now require cabinet clearance.

If hydro power projects gets renewable status then the 1000 mw Turga pumped storage hydro power project in West Bengal, which already received CEA approval, is likely to get a boost.

The Bengal government is banking on grant from green energy fund of the Centre for the project.

The state was demanding funding for the 1,200 MW solar power project to feed the Turga pump storage project.

The renewable tag is likely to encourage investors to set up hydro projects.

Currently, India has some 43,000 mw installed capacity of hydro power projects.

Dubey said about 13,000 MW worth of projects are under construction while projects totalling 25000 mw are been approved.

In the pumped storage power sector the total potential is 90,000 mw and current installed capcity is close to 4500 mw.

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