New Delhi: Press Information Bureau, The Government of India has issued the following press release:
As per the Reassessment Study carried out by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) during 1978-1987, the assessed hydro power potential in the country is about 145320 MW (for projects with capacity above 25 MW). Presently, 42104.6 MW (29%) out of 145320 MW has been developed and 15023.5 MW (10.3%) is under construction. The state wise hydro power potential and its status of development are attached at Annexure.
As per reports of International Hydropower Association (IHA), USA has developed more than 80% of its hydro power potential and EU has developed more than 70% of its hydro power potential.
The main challenges in development of hydroelectric potential in the country are remote location, unpredictable geology, natural calamities, environment and forest issues, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (R&R) issues, law & order issues and inter-state issues
The Government has undertaken a number of policy initiatives to enhance the hydro power generation in the country, including in Andhra Pradesh, which are, inter alia, as under:
Declaring Large Hydro Power (> 25 MW projects) as Renewable Energy source.
Provision of Hydro Purchase Obligation (HPO) as a separate entity within Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).
Notification of tariff rationalization measures to bring down hydro power tariff.
Provision of budgetary support for cost of Enabling Infrastructure, i.e. roads/bridges and Flood Moderation.
Notification of a “Dispute Avoidance Mechanism” through 'Independent Engineer’ and “Dispute Resolution Mechanism” through “Conciliation Committee of Independent Experts (CCIE)” to expeditiously and effectively address contractual disputes.
Notification of guidelines to reduce the incidence of time and cost over-run in Hydro Power Projects
Waiver of Inter State Transmission System (ISTS) charges on transmission of electricity generated from new Hydro Electric Projects