Report: Hydropower in India could double by 2017

Hydropower capacity in India is set to double by 2017, mainly due to start up of new hydro projects, according to a recently-released research report titled "Indian Power Sector Analysis."

India's hydropower generation potential is 300,000 MW, out of which only 145,000 MW can be exploited, RNCOS, a global market research and information analysis firm, reported.

The Indian government has also made huge investment to set up new hydro projects in North Eastern region that will produce around 14,000 MW of electricity. Demand for power in India is driven by rapid industrialization and urbanization, attracting private and public sector companies to set up new power plants, RNCOS reported.

About 910 MW of hydropower has been commissioned with the help of private players, which constitutes less than 3 percent of the total installed hydro capacity, according to RNCOS.

RNCOS also found that Himachal Pradesh has the largest capacity in terms of small hydropower potential, followed by Uttaranchal, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The study has also found that India currently has huge power requirement and the supply may not be adequate in the coming years.

In other news, India's Central Electricity Regulatory Commission has announced that hydropower projects and other renewable energy projects of at least 50 MW capacity will now be eligible for grid connectivity.

The threshold capacity for connecting to inter-state grid will be 250 MW for thermal power stations, CERC reported.

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