New Delhi, Apr 3 : Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called for the promotion of new and renewable energy in a big way and said moving to renewable would not just ensure energy security but also protect the climate, reduce pollution.
'Adequate growth in renewable energy would serve dual purpose - firstly, it would contribute towards achieving energy security to the nation and it would address the environmental concerns, which need to be tackled on a war-footing,' Mr Naidu said in his address after inaugurating the GRIDTECH 2019, an International Exhibition and Conference, organised by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
The conference deliberated on new technologies in transformation, distribution, renewable integration and Smart Grid Communication. The Vice-President asked experts to find out new technologies to harness renewable energy to fulfill India’s energy demands and also to fulfill India’s international commitment to de-carbonize the electricity generation. Mr Naidu also called for the promotion of clean and green mode of transport, such as Electrical Vehicles (EVs) on a large scale.
'EVs have the potential to save foreign exchange on crude oil import apart from reducing carbon emissions,' he said. He also called for inclusion of renewable energy provisions right from the planning of towns. The Vice-President said that world was looking towards India for investments and opined that India's economic growth was the main factor for the new found enthusiasm of the world community. Opining that rapid urbanisation led to increased energy demand and rise of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, Mr Naidu urged technologists to find new methods for tapping the huge potential in the renewable energy sector and also wanted them to educate the common man on the need to cut down GHG emissions.
Pointing that connectivity and electricity were key to development, Mr Naidu stressed upon the need to address challenges such as pilferages in transmission and distribution. He suggested developing a suitable transmission and distribution system to facilitate renewable integration. 'Smart grid technologies used by many countries would have the potential to solve the challenges,' he added. (UNI)