Kerala power demand growing at 10 per cent annually
Story Dated: Friday, September 14, 2012 10:18 hrs IST
Kochi: Companies planning to set up power projects in Kerala should carry out extensive stakeholder consultation and have sensible policies in place before making the investment, a senior state government official said Thursday.
Kerala, which has over 2,400 MW installed generation capacity, plans to add another 3,000 MW in the coming year.
"There should be extensive stakeholder consultation as well as sensible resettlement and rehabilitation policies in place while making investment. The policy (of investor) should be sensible besides, being sensitive to environment," Kerala Additional Chief Secretary (Power) Elias George said.
He was speaking at the three-day 'Emerging Kerala' investors meet here.
The government will soon come out with a solar energy policy, as part of efforts to boost renewable energy generation in the state.
According to him, the government is also working on small hydro projects, together having a capacity of 231 MW.
He said, the state power demand is growing at an annual rate of 10 per cent.
George expressed pessimism of attracting more investment into wind, solar and hydel power projects in the state.
Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal said, the state should explore the feasibility of having offshore wind power plants.
"The state's (energy) future lies in tapping the renewable energy opportunities," Venugopal said.
Ashish Khanna, World Bank Head (Energy Division) emphasised on the need for having robust data related to wind and solar energy before setting up projects in these segments.
They were participating in the session on 'Energy Including Green Energy and Environmental Technology'.