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Greenpeace lauds emphasis on renewable energy

                                                                                                         The Hindu, Channai, 23th April, 2013

Tamil Nadu may be in the midst of a massive power crisis but its emphasis on renewable energy has won kudos from non-governmental environmental organisation Greenpeace.

In its report released on Monday titled ‘Powering ahead with renewables – leaders and laggards,’ Greenpeace noted that Tamil Nadu had clearly taken the lead in not only meeting its RPO (renewable purchase obligation) target but also generated power over and above that. The state generated 213 per cent of its set RPO target, which the report noted, was largely due to policy support and investment in wind energy.

Last year, the Tamil Nadu government had also come out with a solar energy policy with ambitious targets. The report, available on Greenpeace official website, noted: “Out of a total of 29, 22 States’ electricity distribution companies / electricity boards failed to meet their renewable energy target for 2012 set by their respective State Electricity Regulatory Commission. This led to a shortfall of 18,300 Million units, that is, loss of more than 25 per cent. Meghalaya, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Nagaland and Uttarakhand constitute the top five high-performing States in meeting their RPO targets. The other two States that achieved their RPO target for 2012 are Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Among the low performers, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra failed to achieve their RPOs despite setting very low targets, the report noted. Maharashtra consumed the most power among all states in the country.

The report concluded that the RPO framework failed to deliver its mandate. Heavy energy consumer New Delhi, despite its good potential for solar power, was one of the poor performers with not even one per cent achievement.