New Delhi: Policy issues between the European Union and India need to be resolved for smooth transfer of technology related to the harnessing of renewable and non-conventional energy sources, a British official said on 26 April 2007.
British Deputy High Commissioner Creon Butler said until policy differences were resolved, cooperation in non-conventional sources of energy between EU countries and India was highly unlikely.
“What is important is that policy makers of the EU and India sit together across the table and resolve their perception on policy issues to forge alliance for optimal utilisation of non-conventional energy sources, particularly solar and wind,” Butler said at the Second South Asia Renewable Energy Conference.
Butler also said that UK aimed to increase contribution of non-conventional energy sources in its power generation to 20% in 2020 from merely 4% in 2005. For this, he said, the UK government placed certain obligations on its power-supplying companies, like sourcing a fixed proportion of power from non-conventional sources.
He also said that new homes being constructed in UK use only 25% of conventional energy for heating and lighting purposes compared to existing homes.
These measures, he suggested, could be tried in India as well.
‘Neighbours can sell electricity to India’
A. R. Kidwai, Governor of Haryana, said there is a lot of scope for energy cooperation among Saarc countries. Citing the example of Chukha project in Bhutan, which supplies electricity to India’s eastern states, he said Nepal and Pakistan too could profitably sell electricity to India.