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India Plan panel member bats for wind power, smartgrid

According to reports, addressing the 34th annual convocation of the Indian School of Mines University (ISMU) in Dhanbad on Friday,  Planning Commission member Bal  Krishna Chaturvedi called for popularizing power generation through wind mills. Chaturvey, who retired as a cabinet secretary, handed degrees to 757 graduates and 27 students who completed their PhD.

Chaturvedi said wind was a prolific source of renewable energy. In India, wind farms are working successfully in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra while states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Kerala have huge potential for wind power generation.

He regretted the huge losses in transmission and distribution which stands at 25%. “This is extremely high and needs to be reduced. It has to be realized that the losses can be reduced to that extent. It is also possible to utilize information technology and develop smart grid networks,” he said.

The development of a smart grid network will be helpful in using the available power in the most efficient manner. It is an important initiative and needs to be pursued. Effective policy interventions and large investments are required to develop the distribution network in an efficient manner, the former bureaucrat said.

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