State to unveil wind energy policy soon

State to unveil wind energy policy soon

The state will soon have a separate policy for wind energy and the Energy department is in the process of drafting a policy to encourage renewable energy.

The policy is likely to be ready within a month, according to Amitha Prasad, Principal Secretary, Energy department.

Addressing a gathering at the FKCCI (Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry) here on Friday, she said the government was very keen on supporting renewable energy generation and the department would support more active solar power along with wind energy generation.

One-fifth of the power today is coming from the wind energy. Mysore and Dharwad have been taken up a solar cities, she said.  The department was also focusing on increasing efficiency in power generation and in its distribution system at the grassroot level.

‘Increase efficiency’

Representatives of FKCCI submitted a memorandum to the principal secretary with several recommendations for the department to increase efficiency in the energy sector.
The FKCCI members wanted the government to initiate a subsidy scheme for industries adopting rooftop solar equipment.

The members also sought a revision of the wind tariff in addition to quickening the process of getting clearances from the Forest ministry.