Power minister calls for strengthening R&D
The power minister, Sushilkumar Shinde has called for strengthening research and development in power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. He was addressing the delegates of the India Energy Congress 2012 in New Delhi. Shinde said that while the country has made remarkable progress in the power sector during the 11th Plan, a lot more still has to be done. “During the 11th Plan period the country has added about two-and-a-half times of the capacity that was added during the 10th Plan period. Presently, 80,000 MW capacity is under construction for the 12th Plan,” he said, emphasising on the need conserve energy through efficiency improvement.
Shinde asked the delegates to look into the issues affecting the power sector such as prices of fuels and the local problems.
Underlining the importance of renewable energy, the minister said that the cost of solar power is gradually coming down. “There is a need for a greater focus on research and development in the field of solar photo-voltaic,” he added.