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Posted by Shaguf on December 19, 2008, 12:08 pm
One of the architects of 21st Century India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, who
was President of India from 2002 to 2007, has long stressed on a
Vision 2020, energy independence and PURA (Providing Urban amenities
in Rural Areas). I would like more information on the steps India is
taking to achieve these.

Posted by Shabeeb on December 20, 2008, 5:26 am
India has 17% of the worlds population, but only about 0.8% of the
worlds known oil and natural gas resources. Based on the progress
visualized for India in next two decades, the power generating
capacity has to increase to 400,000 MW by the year 2030 from the
current 130,000 MW in India. For energy independence, Dr. Abdul
Kalam's goals are that in 2030, the hydel capacity should contribute
80,000 MW, large-scale solar energy farms around 55,000 MW, wind
energy 64,000 MW, nuclear power plants 50,000 MW and rest 15,000 MW
through use of solid bio mass, bio fuel and municipal waste.

Dr. Manmohan Singh has added weight to Dr. Kalam's views on energy
security and renewable energy. The National Common Minimum Programme
has committed to develop our renewable energy potential. Indian
government has launched the Rajiv Gandhi Vidyutikaran Yojana and a
programme called 'Bharat Nirman', to complete rural electrification
within the next 5 years. The program looks to combine power generation
through thermal, hydro etc., replace diesel with bio-fuels in
agricultural pump-sets and tractors, hi-tech biomass gasification for
cooking and lighting, and develop frontier technologies like hydrogen
and fuel cells.

The current Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has spoken about how
Indias sustained economic development is vitally dependent on the
country's energy security and on the simultaneous promotion of
sustainable and environment friendly energy technologies. The present
government (UPA or United Progressive Alliance headed by Smt. Sonia
Gandhi) has constitued the Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas or Renewable
Energy Day. The day honors the late Rajiv Gandhi's commitment to the
country's energy security. There is also the Rajiv Gandhi Urja Bhawan
will undertake holistic research in all forms of clean and renewable
energy sources.

But Dr. Singh says it is an even bigger challenge to create public
awareness about renewable energy. The industry is responding to the
PM's view. For this, there is the Green Energy Summit 2009 from 4-6
March in Bangalore, for which Dr. Kalam is the Chief Patron. Green
Energy Summit 2009, held in association with the Government of India
(DST), the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), World Council
for Renewable Energy (WCRE), UNEP, TERI, BEE, IREDA, Government of
Karnataka, and several other governmental and bi-lateral agencies, is
Indias first global summit dedicated to sustainable development,
renewable energy and clean technologies: http://www.greenenergysummit.com/ .

The organisers (Saltmarch) have assembled a team of the brightest
Green Energy intelligentsia from across the world to speak at the
summit: Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam (Former President of India),
Dr. Hermann Scheer (Member of Parliament, Germany), H E Corrado Clini
(Minister for Environment, Land & Sea, Italy), Dr. Christopher Flavin
(President, World Watch Institute), Dr. Dan Arvizu (Director, U.S.
Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)),
Dr. Mohamed T. El-Ashry (Chair, Renewable Energy Global Policy Network
(REN21)), Dr. Wolfgang Palz (Chairman of the World Council for
Renewable Energy (WCRE)), Nitin Desai (Special Adviser to the
Secretary General for the World Summit on the Information Society),
Michael T. Eckhart (President, American Council On Renewable Energy
(ACORE)), Dr. Marianne Osterkorn (International Director, REEEP
Vienna) and several other technology experts.

The summit is covering topics including policy & framework, finance &
strategy, CDM, China- Middle East-collaboration, solar, wind,  fuels &
transportation, green IT, energy efficiency, green buildings, small
hydro, cogeneration, green buildings & architecture, environment.
There is also a conclave of bankers, VCs, PE investors and aid
organizations and a second conclave of Chief Secretaries, Energy
Secretaries and administrators to drive and debate policy and
implementation. You can see the complete program from
http://greenenergysummit.com/programOverview.html .

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