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Business Standard of Bangalore, India reports India achieves 12.95% of renewable energy potential, achieving a total installed capacity of renewable energy of 32,269.6 Mw as of Marchg 2014.

The total installed capacity of renewable energy has touched 32,269.6 Mw as of March 2014

The installed capacity of renewable energy has touched 32,269.6 Mw or 12.95% of the total potential available in the country, as on March 31, 2014. With this, the renewable energy, including large hydro electricity, constitutes 28.8% of the overall installed capacity in India.

According to the India Renewable Energy Status Report 2014 released at the ongoing Green Summit 2014 in Bangalore on Thursday, the total renewable energy potential from various sources in India is 2,49,188 Mw. The untapped market potential for overall renewable energy in India is 2,16,918.39 Mw that shows huge growth potential for renewable energy in India.

India's The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), has set a target of 41,400 Mw of installed renewable capacity by 2017, which they say will create an opportunity for $10.51 billion of market opportunity.

India has the world's fifth-largest electricity generation capacity, which currently stands at 243 Gw. The power sector in India is highly diverse with varied commercial sources for power generation like coal, natural gas, hydro, oil and nuclear as well as unconventional sources of energy like solar, wind, bio-gas and agriculture. The demand for power has been growing at a rapid rate and overtaken the supply, leading to power shortages in spite of manifold growth in power generation over the years, the Report said.


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While this is good news, and I want my headline to be a congratulations and encouragement for India to keep moving in this direction I couldn't help but be reminded of "DoubleSpeak" in the last paragraph which says "(t)he government has to take a tough stance between balancing economic development and environmental sustainability."

Which upon closer examination turns out to actually mean India's current energy mix, like many other countries is "dominated by coal," which is the worst way to generated electricity, and to its credit the article does implies India needs to move towards replacing coal with sustainable sources of energy.

Maybe I'm being too picky, but wouldn't it be refreshing if government leaders would just come out and say,  


"Hey, we are burning way to much dirty coal, which is not only creating all sorts of terrible pollution, but also contributing more CO2 than any other energy source, except perhaps some heavy tar sands, but we are locked into our current generation mix by gigantic legacy financial investments in this obsolete form of generating electricity so we have to balance economic, and special interest pressures to slowly move ahead, given these financial and political constraints "

As far as I can tell this is what "(t)he government has to take a tough stance between balancing economic development and environmental sustainability," really means, which just an extra tinge of self-congratulatory "heroism."  

Yes, I can see the signs that I am becoming too cranky. India deserves credit for moving in this positive direction with greater deliberate speed than many countries, and yes, it does take a balancing of economic and environmental concerns.

I also would like to call your attention to Katie Valentine article in Think Progress. She writes Wind Energy In 2013 Was Equivalent To Taking 20 Million Cars Off The Road, and reducing emissions from power generation by 5% last year, according to a new report by the American Wind Energy Association, AWEA.


  
We are making progress.

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P.S. Correction: In a comment yesterday, I relied on a quote of information that turned out to be incorrect.  I said

One of the biggest flaws in the Chamber of Commerce study is not just that they based their study on a bogus 42% reduction, but the additional reduction we are looking at over a 2005 base years is no where near 30% more as my understanding is we are already two thirds of the way there, so we may be looking at something more like a 10% reduction beyond current levels.

As Meteor Blades correctly pointed out Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 03:02:32 PM EDT  the correct fraction is about 1/2 not 2/3. "You keep saying 2/3s. The Dept. of Energy...says 15% from 2005-2013. That's half of the rule's 30%."

This also seems to imply that the remaining reduction would be 15% not 10%. Sorry about this error, and thanks to MB for catching it.

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Originally posted to SciTech on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 01:13 PM PDT.

Also republished by Good News.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Humor Alert! No statement from this UID is intended to be true, including this one. Intended for recreational purposes only. Unauthorized interpretations may lead to unexpected results. This waiver void where prohibited. Artistic License - 420420

    by HoundDog on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 01:13:30 PM PDT

  •  A new age (3+ / 0-)
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    is dawning. Like the car replaced the horse. Gonna be quick, though it seems really slow right now.

    •  Yes, you highlighted the lede rat racer. And not (4+ / 0-)

      just in the USA and Europe, but all over the world.

      We are on our way. Another interesting thing about India is that renewable contributes more to their total energy supply more than nuclear, and is growing much faster.

      The economics or renewable keeps improving due to the learning curve. As the total installed base of production units increases the cost/unit comes down, making it even more attractive.

      The cost of coal and nuclear keeps increasing, in part due to the need for more expensive environmental and safety remediation. And, also a gradual trend towards including more of the external costs into the market price.

      Another issue internationally with regard to nuclear, is the production of large quantities of radioactive waste. Even low level waste can be used as a dirty bomb.

      Also, some FEMA, NRC, and other reports have noted that the unexpected storage of radioactive wastes on-site, as led to a situation were 30 of our nuclear plants with waste storage similar to the Fukushima design are "radioactive dirty bombs waiting to happen."  

      Now that this has been identified, in the U.S. plans and measures are being implemented to fix this so wastes are stored in more secure methods, at an additional cost.

      Internationally, especially in places where political stability can not be guaranteed for a hundred thousand years or more, concern is growing about the wisdom of generating large amounts of radioactive wastes that have to be kept out of the hands of potential terrorists for periods of time several dozens time as long as any continuous human civilization has yet existed.

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      by HoundDog on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 01:58:37 PM PDT

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  •  That hydro is something to worry about. (1+ / 0-)
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    Beside the fact that it's only tenuously "renewable" especially in an era of climate change, it displaces a lot of people.  People in India are as likely to be pushed into destitution or Naxalism by a large hydro project as they are by an iron ore mine or a motorbike factory. I'd sure like to see what the figure is with hydro excluded.

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    by Rich in PA on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 01:39:42 PM PDT

  •  for perspective (2+ / 0-)
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    India's 30GW (20GW is wind).

    US 60GW (wind only)
    Texas 12GW (wind)
    Iowa 6GW (wind)
    California 5GW (wind)

    •  Thanks ferg. This is the kind of awareness we need (2+ / 0-)
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      to invest in learning to participate as citizens in our national and global energy choices.

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      by HoundDog on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:28:54 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  As of the end of March 2014 (0+ / 0-)

      per AWEA:

      U.S. 61,327 MW, >13,000 MW under construction
      TX: 12,354MW
      CA: 5829MW
      IA: 5177MW

      http://awea.files.cms-plus.com/...

      The pace of construction in the U.S. became less frantic because the federal PTC qualifications now only require a project to be started by a date certain rather than complete by a date certain.  Thus we have gone 5 quarters with only about 1300MW installed, which is less than any year since 2004 (which was also related to incentive issues).

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      by benamery21 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 11:48:13 AM PDT

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  •  Somehow I find it hard to believe India's at 13%. (4+ / 0-)

    India's solar potential alone is immense. Presently only Gujarat had made any substantial inroads into solar, and there too it was mostly large-project rather than the distributed approach that has worked so well elsewhere.

    Wikipedia currently says India has 1.3GW of installed solar, half of it in Gujarat. Wind has ~20GW led by Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.

    Someone over there has seriously low-balled the true solar potential.

    •  I was wondering about that phrasing myself. Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      for bringing it up.

      Why didn't they just announce the fraction of total energy production?

      I think you are right someone is embedding tacit assumptions in this kind of report.

      Your observation also fits into the snark I was making about, the government, "heroically" taking a "tough stand" on balancing .....

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      by HoundDog on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:33:29 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe the intended use of potential (0+ / 0-)

      I think what they're trying to convey is that 13% of India's current electrical capacity is made up of renewables. Capacity is the name-plate rating of a source of power.  

      For example, a 1MW solar farm has the potential to produce 1MW of power under the right conditions (i.e. Probably every day for at least 5 hours in India).

      That is different from India's potential to instal solar power.  That number is certainly more than 10x what is installed to date.

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      by 350Energy on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 05:04:55 PM PDT

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  •  Smart move for them (2+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 02:30:37 PM PDT

  •  India (and everywhere else) should take steps... (0+ / 0-)

    ...to allow its population to fall over time.

    Population declines are just like building power plants except you don't have to build anything.

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    by Sparhawk on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 07:34:43 PM PDT

  •  As of the end of 2013 (0+ / 0-)

    China had more hydro gen installed than any other country, more wind gen installed than any other country, more PV than any country but Germany, more solar water heating than any other country, more geothermal heat than any other country, and more total renewable power than any other country.

    Iron sharpens Iron. Normal is a dryer setting. STOP illegal immigration NOW! -- Make it LEGAL. If Corporations are People--Let's draft them.

    by benamery21 on Sun Jun 08, 2014 at 11:58:23 AM PDT

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