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Biomass energy catches Uttar Pradesh CM’s fancy

According to reports, biomass energy has caught the fancy of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

Yadav has directed officials to conduct a state-wide survey to ascertain places, where biomass power plants could be established. This would promote green energy and help power-starved UP to tide over the crisis to some extent, said Akhilesh.

Stressing on finding cleaner energy sources, he directed officials to speed up the work towards biomass power plants. He observed that such units, if set up across UP, would not only supplement power availability, but conserve environment.

Biomass is a biological material from living or dead organisms, which could be used as renewable energy source, namely dead trees, branches, husk, paddy/pulse straw, dry plants, cow dung and even municipal solid waste.

He maintained that all-round development of the state could never be achieved without profound power for industry and domestic segments. Since UP is predominantly an agrarian economy, biomass is in abundance. Biomass units would also create employment opportunities and farmers could monitise their agricultural waste/leftovers.

Besides, conventional power plants had a long gestation period. The ash from biomass power units could be used to produce bricks, which again would boost local employment, Yadav said chairing a meeting on the topic here.

The state government is already preparing a new solar energy policy.

Against the total power demand of almost 12,000 Mw, the total availability at present is under 10,000 Mw with large quantum drawn from central sector.

UP was largely blamed for the recent grid failures in northern and eastern regions for purportedly drawing excess power from the grid against its quota. This charge, although, had been vehemently denied by the state.

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  1. It is good that UP Govt has asked its department to make a study to know the biomass availability, plant and evacuation locations including Grid expansion to UNCONNECTED area and also in the area where power does not exist even though GRID exist.

    Initial planning with transparent study, back up data (both documents and video and photos) which shall be uploaded on the web site with evacuation facilities will attract the investors including the land acquisition feasibilities. This way we can hasten the process of development with the honest feasibility reports and not JUST to SUCK the subsidy from the MNRE after 2 or 3 years of running the plant and thereafter shutting the plant like what we have seen in Tamilnadu, Andhra, Punjab etc with 6 MW biomass power plants which are suffering from no biomass availability and high cost of raw materials etc

    It would be good idea also to identify the Solar PV plant locations near these prospective biomass units to ensure day and night power thus ensuring the grid stability with a good hybrid power generation scenario with less land acquisition and good grid layout without wasting the land or hit to Food security.

    Feasibility study by state govt department with a kind of DPR is very essential in all states before asking for the bids or wooing the investors for a planned / sustainable growth, irrespective of which political party rules or which IPP establishes the plant…. irrational location selection by IPP’s and demanding excess money on grid line establishment etc must be avoided, instead a planned locations which are quite feasible with assured energy generation shall be the focus. This applies to all sources of renewable energy…

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