New Delhi: Even as India has a renewable power generation capacity of 13,878.58 MW, which is not even 10% of the total power generation capacity in the country, Sven Teske, director, renewable energy, Green Peace International says that 35% of the country’s electricity demands can be met from renewable energy by 2030.
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Recently in India to release the second version of the Energy [R]evolution: A sustainable India Energy Outlook, Sven is critical of the Shell and BP plans of backtracking from previous renewable energy commitments. He remains confident that despite the downturn in the global economy, renewable energy is still the way forward.
An engineer by training, his report also makes a case for 50% of the projected energy requirement to be met from smart and efficient generation, distribution and use of energy. While India has bet big on nuclear power by signing the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Teske argues that nuclear option is unsafe and involves time and cost over-run. He also rejects the option of CO2-free coal power plants that involves carbon capture and storage on account of “unknown” consequences.