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?Future is in alternative fuel?

The ministry of non-conventional energy sources (MNES) is the nodal ministry of the government on all matters relating to new and renewable energy. Renewable power will form a critical part of future power generation capacity in India. However, V Subramanian, secretary MNES feels that there is need to bring more awareness about the use of non-conventional energy sources at all levels. Speaking to M Rajendran, he highlighted the need to popularise the use of non-conventional energy source in cities in major way. Excerpts:

india Updated: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST
M Rajendran
M Rajendran

The ministry of non-conventional energy has made efforts to promote solar and wind energy in the country. What has been the response of private sector?

Private sector already has a big presence in the nonconventional energy resources sector. There is further scope for more participation. There is tremendous opportunity for private players in this alternative source of energy.

Why haven’t alternative sources of energy taken off in a big way in India?

The general public has to proactively adopt products and services based on non-conventional energy sources. This has not yet happened in India. We have taken efforts to popularise these sources of energy and will do more through audiovisual, print and other mediums. In addition, we would also educate schools and colleges about the need to use alternative energy.

Are you suggesting that there should be a complete shift to non-conventional energy sources?

It is not possible to completely shift from conventional energy to renewable energy. But there is a need to conserve the energy by using available non-conventional energy wherever possible.

The impression about non-conventional energy is, that it is more popular in rural areas and is not suited for urban centres. Do you agree?

It has been well adopted in the rural areas and it is true that it has not had a similar impact in urban India. But we are reversing the trend. Our target is to popularise the use of non-conventional energy sources in cities. To start with, the use of solar power in schools, colleges and government offices would be pushed for.

The Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP) was an important programme of MNES. How has it done so far?

It has been successful and would be improved in the 11th plan with more vigour. The revised programme to improve the project is under preparation.

First Published: May 27, 2006 19:16 IST