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‘State overlooked in green energy plans’

KOLKATA, 9 JULY: The state is always neglected when it comes to green energy programmes and power tariffs set by the Centre, said Mr SP Gon Chowdhury, managing director of West Bengal Green Energy Development Corporation Limited (WBGEDC), today, at a workshop for clean energy entrepreneurs, financers and other stakeholders organised by Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN), initiated by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) and funded by USAID.
The Centre does everything keeping the interest of western states in mind and the national target to generate clean energy has been set considering the output of Rajasthan and Haryana, he added.
“There is a huge disparity in draft tariff. Climactic zones should be characterised and then tariff should be decided. A uniform national policy on this cannot work,” he said.
He requested financiers and entrepreneurs to invest in different forms of clean energy and stated that they should not always vie for solar power, as there is a national mission on it. He added that very little has been done in comparison to other sectors, such as biomass and wind energy and that the state should be involved in other programmes as well.
He also spoke about the project initiated by the state department of animal resources development, under which a place for biomass energy unit has been identified near Dumdum.

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