Inter-State transmission charge for renewable energy to go: Minister

The government will soon come with a framework to make inter-State transmission of renewable energy free of cost, said Piyush Goyal, Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister.

At an interaction organised by the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Goyal said, “The Central Government is coming out with a legal framework where all inter-State transmission of renewable energy will be at zero cost. I am urging States to also make intra-State transmission of renewable energy free of charge.”

He added that the government is creating an ‘enabling and overarching framework’ to make renewable energy viable for the common man.

The proposals will form a part of the new tariff policy that the Ministry for Power finalising.

The government has set a target of having 175,000 MW of power generation capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022.

Of this, 100,000 MW will come from solar power, 60,000 MW from wind and the remaining from other sources including bio-mass.

Asked about the work on the backend infrastructure to support the government’s renewable energy targets, the Minister said, “We have already started work on Rs 38,000 crore worth of green energy corridors. I am asking States to come up with areas where we can expand renewable energy so that more transmission grids can be made.”

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