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Draft National Energy Policy

  • NITI Aayog’s National Energy Policy is aimed at curbing imports by increasing production of renewable energy in the country fivefold to 300 billion units by 2019 and tripling coal production to 1.5 billion tonnes.
  • Coal imports are envisaged to come down by 10% by 2022 and by 50% by 2030.
  • This policy will replace the Integrated Energy Policy of the previous government.
  • Coal Ministry opposes NITI Aayog’s Draft Energy Policy.
  • Policy’s focus
    • Policy focus on clean energy resources such as solar and natural gas
    • Policy will also look at ways to improve the quality of air which has deteriorated significantly over the past years
  • NITI aayog also plans to set up the National Energy Data Agency on the lines of the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).
    • Agency will aim to provide oil and gas mapping by working with the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, transmission line mapping, energy demand mapping and solar irradiation mapping, among others.
  • Government’s targets on Energy

    • India wants to improve its per capita electricity consumption of 1,010 kWh
    • government targets to generate 175GW from renewable sources by 2022, including 100GW solar power.