The present installed capacity for generation of power from biomass including paddy husk and bagasse based cogeneration in sugar mills is 1045 MW and 1742 MW respectively. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah informed that as per the National Biomass Resource Atlas prepared by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore under a project sponsored by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, the estimated power generation capacity from biomass including paddy husk is about 17,536 MW. Besides, a surplus power generation capacity of about 5000 MW through bagasse based cogeneration in sugar mills has been estimated in the country.
He said the installed capacity of a biomass power project varies between 6 MW to 10 MW depending upon the availability of biomass, whereas the installed surplus capacity of a bagasse cogeneration project in a sugar mill varies from 6 MW to 25 MW depending upon their daily cane crushing capacity.
Dr. Abdullah said that the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has been implementing various schemes during the 11th Five Year Plan, to encourage setting up of projects for generation of power from various biomass residues including bagasse and paddy husk for power generation based on combustion/ cogeneration and gasification technologies. Against a target of 1700 MW, a capacity addition of 1645 MW has been achieved which is 96% of the planned target.