This information was given in Parliament on Tuesday. Union Energy and New and Renewable Energy Minister RK Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that, according to a study conducted by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) during the year 1978- 1987, the estimated hydroelectric potential in the country is approximately 1,45,320 MW (for projects with a capacity greater than 25 MW).
India has utilized 29 percent of the total potential in the field of hydropower. By contrast, the US and the European Union have used more than 80 percent and 70 percent of hydropower potential, respectively. This information was given in Parliament on Tuesday. Union Minister for Energy and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) study for the years 1978-1987 , the estimated hydroelectric potential in the country is approximately 1,45,320 MW (for projects with a capacity greater than 25 MW).
Singh said that out of 145,320 MW, 42,104.6 MW (29 percent) have been developed and projects with a capacity of 15,023.5 MW (10.3 percent) are under construction. He informed the House that according to the International Hydroelectric Power Association (IHA) report, the US has developed more than 80 percent of its total hydroelectric potential. At the same time, the European Union (European Union) has developed more than 70 percent of its hydroelectric potential.
The minister said that the main challenges in developing hydropower potential in the country are remote areas, unpredictable geology, natural calamities, environmental and forestry issues, rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) issues, public order issues and interstate problems. In a separate reply, Singh told the Chamber that as of March 14, 2023, the total coal stock in the country’s thermal power plants is 33.33 million tonnes, which is only 49 per cent of the stock requirement. normal. The Central Electricity Authority’s coal stock regulations require power plants to maintain coal stocks that vary from month to month.
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