A K Singh


In the pursuit of a sustainable and reliable energy future, the state of Haryana has emerged as a leader of progress, meticulously balancing between renewable energy and conventional sources to meet the ever-growing demands of its populace.

Haryana has witnessed remarkable advancements in renewable energy infrastructure, epitomized by the recent finalization of an impressive 800 megawatts of round-the-clock renewable energy capacity. Partnering with SJVN as the aggregator, Haryana has secured this capacity at a commendable rate of 4.46 rupees per unit, a testament to the state’s commitment to affordability and sustainability. Furthermore, with SECI in the process of finalizing additional renewable energy projects, Haryana is poised to solidify its position as a leader in green energy production.

Recognizing the indispensability of conventional sources in fulfilling baseline power needs, Haryana has strategically invested in ultra-supercritical thermal power plants, ensuring uninterrupted access to electricity for critical infrastructure such as hospitals and airports. With plans underway for an 800-megawatt unit at Yamuna Nagar, alongside existing thermal power capacities, Haryana is bolstering its energy portfolio to guarantee reliability and resilience in the face of fluctuating demands.


Moreover, Haryana’s foresight extends to the nascent domain of nuclear energy, with plans underway for a nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in the Fatehabad district. While acknowledging the potential of nuclear power as a future cornerstone of energy production, Haryana remains cognizant of the imperative to address nuclear waste disposal challenges responsibly—a testament to its unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and public safety.

Notably, Haryana’s strides in renewable energy are complemented by its proactive pursuit of a green hydrogen policy, with plans to establish an 8-megawatt green hydrogen power plant at Kharkhoda by December 2025. This initiative underscores Haryana’s proactive approach towards embracing cutting-edge technologies and fostering a sustainable energy ecosystem.


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Furthermore, Haryana’s exemplary performance in meeting Renewable Power Obligations (RPO) mandated by the Ministry of Power underscores its unwavering commitment to national energy targets. Currently surpassing expectations with a projected 42% RPO fulfillment for the year, Haryana is on track to exceed the country’s 2030 target of 43-44%, setting a precedent for other states to emulate.

With an average urban power supply of 23.5 hours per day—an impressive feat in itself—Haryana is inching closer to the elusive goal of uninterrupted 24/7 electricity access. Haryana’s administration remains steadfast in its commitment to providing efficient and affordable electricity to all citizens, recognizing it as a cornerstone of socio-economic development.

As Haryana charts a course towards energy self-sufficiency and sustainability, its administration extends its gratitude to all stakeholders involved in this transformative journey. From policymakers to industry partners and citizens alike, their collective efforts have propelled Haryana towards a future powered by innovation, inclusivity, and resilience.

Views expressed by: A K Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Haryana, at the recently concluded 6th Elets National Energy Summit in Chandigarh.

 

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