India studies geothermal source to generate power
India has a number of states which can potentially generate power using geothermal resources. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a research, development and demonstration programme to explore source of geothermal energy in various states.
The government is conducting magneto-telluric (MT) investigations through the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) to do geothermal resource assessment studies. Such studies covered potential sites in the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
The government said that the states such as Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand have initiated efforts for confirmation of the geothermal potential and setting up of geothermal power projects at some of the potential sites. However, the government said that it has so far not received any proposal from the states for approval for setting up of geothermal energy projects.