“AP was the first state in the country in 1998 to usher in reforms in the power sector, when I was the Chief Minister. Electricity deficit was just 1.5 per cent in the state in 2004 but shot up to 17.6 per cent now. Power distribution companies were pushed into losses amounting to Rs 17,200 crore by March 2014 from zero deficit in 2004,” Chandrababu said.
- Potential and use – The addition of Solar and Wind capacity in the state has not been encouraging. The installed solar capacity was only 113 MW as on March 2014 despite having huge potential. This displays the gross under utilization of potential on part of Andhra Pradesh which is today at the bottom in Renewable energy as compared to similarly placed states.
- Non obligation of Renewable Power Purchase Obligation – APERC Regulations mandate APDISCOMS to buy 5% of their energy consumption (Min 0.25% from solar) from renewable sources. However, less than 2% of energy consumption was met from renewable sources.
- What GoAP is planning to do – A comprehensive new Solar and Wind policy would be formulated by GoAP to encourage renewable energy and exploit the untapped wind and solar potential of the state.
- Other initiatives – Roll out scheme to introduce solar agricultural pump-sets in close coordination with banks and solar manufacturers.
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