UP bets on hydroelectric energyGreen energy

Virendra Singh Rawat

Underscoring the need for green energy, prominent renewable and hydroelectric energy entities have lined up eight projects of more than Rs 67,000 crore in Uttar Pradesh.

With a combined capacity of 13,250 megawatt (mw), the projects will be developed by Torrent Power, JSW Neo Energy etc.

They will come up in mineral rich Sonbhadra (6 projects), Chandauli and Mirzapur (one each) districts over Sone river.

The largest of these hydroelectric energy projects based on Pumped Storage Power (PSP) model will be developed by Torrent Power in Sonbhadra to generate 4,150 mw of hydropower with an investment of Rs 24,200 crore.

These hydropower projects are likely to be launched at the Groundbreaking Ceremony (GBC) in Lucknow on February 19 along with more than 14,000 projects totalling Rs 10 trillion.

A PSP project is a green, safe and environment-friendly project for a high quality and flexible power supply chain. Such a project does not transform or damage the riverine ecosystem, and has a low up-front as well as power storage costs.

A PSP project acts like a battery as it stores power, and releases it when needed depending upon the power demand and supply matrix. Since the project is not part of any river system, it does not disturb the local water ecology.

With the peak hour power demand in UP already breaching the 25,000 mw level, the state is hard-pressed to harness alternative and renewable sources of energy to supplement thermal power generation.

In this context, the state is also bullish on green hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels. UP is targetting to achieve a million tonne per annum production capacity of green hydrogen.

The state received green hydrogen proposals worth Rs 2.73 trillion from 20 companies at the UP Global Investors Summit (GIS) 2023.

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