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MPs want to fast track suggestions on wind energy

According to reports, expressing serious concern over the sluggish growth rate in the wind power sector, a group of MPs on Monday urged the Centre to constitute a joint committee of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Union Minister of Finance (MoF)to fast track the Parliamentarians’ recommendations on wind energy.

Climate Parliament India Group had submitted key recommendations on Wind Energy to both Environment Minister Farooq Abdullah and Finance Minister P Chidambaram.

According to Sanjay Jaiswal, MP and convener of Climate Parliament India Group, the key recommendations of the Parliamentarians from wind-rich states need to be taken up as immediate measures by the Government, for mitigating the various issues of wind energy sector and for reviving a sustainable growth of the sector. MP Jhansi Lakshmi Botcha said, “Renewable energy in general and wind energy in specific shows great potential for augmenting the energy resources in India. Wind energy is one of the most successful renewable energy technologies globally and wind energy contributes to nearly 70 percent renewable energy installations in our country today.”

She added that the 12th plan envisages plans for renewable energy development in general and wind energy in specific. “The Government should work towards ensuring that these targets are met,” she said.

Cutting across party lines, MPs had attended the meet on ‘Wind Power Industry in India: Enabling Future Growth’ in Bangalore and after discussions on the subject recommended for the immediate implementation of Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme.

The MPs’ recommendations included re-assessment and validation of wind potential at the national level.

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