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Odisha plans to promote domestic consumption of clean energy

 

Picture source: Clean Energy Ministerial

Bhubaneswar,

Last updated 06 Jul 2016 01:02 IST

  Odisha, Government, Clean Energy
Average electrification rate in Odisha is around 88% only whereas the average electrification rate is 76%, varying between 92% for urban areas and 62% for rural areas; across developing countries. Around 76% of households in Odisha use bio-mass for cooking.
 

As part of its effort to promote domestic use of clean energy, Odisha government revealed its plans for integration of conventional power distribution through grid system with that of decentralized power generation and distribution from non-conventional sources, said a release issued by the office of the Chief Secretary to media.

In a consultative workshop on “Fast tracking of sustainable energy for human development” held in the Secretariat Conference Hall Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Chief Secretary of Odisha, Gokul Chandra Pati, advised the officials of concerned departments to work on this.

“Such integration would facilitate expansion of grid system to remote areas, create opportunities for entrepreneurship in rural areas and would help in production of clean and renewable energy,” said the Chief Secretary while directing the Secretary, Science and Technology of Odisha to constitute a technical committee and come up with suggestions based on available technological options, possible institutional arrangement and financial implications of such integration.

The Chief Secretary also asked to identify different sectors and activities wherein non-conventional energy can be utilised cost effectively.

In the consultative workshop organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) with the Government of Odisha, with support from UNDP and UKAID, the TERI Director I. H. Rehman made a power point presentation on importance of renewable energy for human development in Odisha. Rehman, in his presentation, pointed out that average electrification rate in Odisha is around 88% only whereas the average electrification rate is 76%, varying between 92% for urban areas and 62% for rural areas; across developing countries.

 

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Such integration would facilitate expansion of grid system to remote areas, create opportunities for entrepreneurship in rural areas and would help in production of clean and renewable energy.

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Figuring out that around 76% of households in Odisha use bio-mass for cooking, the presentation highlighted the risks of indoor air pollution and disease burden with traditional use of bio-mass for cooking.

“Domestic use of clean and renewable energy will reduce these burdens and will contribute towards environmental conservation,” Rehman said during the presentation.

The Chief Secretary further advised the Science and Technology Department to prepare a definite action plan with technical inputs from OREDA and TERI targeting to encourage the individual households to use solar hitting system and modern clean cooking devices. Among the participants of the workshop were Development Commissioner U.N. Behera, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, S. C. Mahapatra, School & Mass Education Secretary Usha Padhee, Tourism and Culture Secretary Dr. Arabind Padhee, Revenue Divisional Commissioners, Collectors and senior officials from all concerned Departments.

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