Bihar on its way to an energy revolution

The state government stresses on non conventional energy to meet the energy requirements of the state

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Press release - May 23, 2012
New Delhi/Patna, May 23, 2012: Greenpeace welcomes the recent statement made by the Honourable Chief Minister of Bihar, Shri Nitish Kumar, stressing the need to harness the potential of renewable energy to provide energy access to millions in the energy starved state. This statement was made by the CM a few days after Greenpeace had organised an international conference on renewable energy in Patna where Shri Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Honourable Minister of Power, Bihar had released the Smart Energy Access report.1

Greenpeace has been campaigning in Bihar to promote the concept of Decentralised Renewable Energy since the year 2010 and today the government acknowledges this effort. Earlier this month at a business meeting Shri Sushil Kumar Modi, Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar had appreciated the efforts by Greenpeace on this front.

"It is heartening to see that Bihar, under the leadership of its CM, is poised to become an energy sufficient state in coming years in a clean and sustainable manner. The positive attitude of the government towards renewable energy sets an example for other states to follow," said Ramapati Kumar, Head, Renewable Energy Campaign, Greenpeace India.

The government has expressed its intent to make policy changes and provide support for the growth of the renewable energy sector in the state.

"With the growing price of fossil fuel and depleting resources it makes sense to transit towards non conventional energy resources. Today instead of questioning and challenging the efficacy of renewable energy it is time to harness its potential and work towards technological advancement of the same," Kumar added further.

The Greenpeace report- Smart Energy Access emphasises the role of "bottom-up" grid expansion through network of microgrids to ensure "energy for all". The proposed microgrid network functions in clusters and is completely powered through locally available renewable energy resources. The model will foster inclusive growth and remove the energy poverty from the state of Bihar.

For further information:

Ramapati Kumar, Head Renewable Energy, Greenpeace India

Ph: +91 98455 35414,

Shashwat Raj, Media Officer, Greenpeace India

Ph: +91 968686 1974,

Notes:

1) http://www.greenpeace.org/india/Global/india/report/Bihar-Smart-Energy-Access.pdf

2) http://www.greenpeace.org/india/en/Press/Greenpeace-unveils-Smart-Energy-Access-Report/