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Charting energy - Why India needs a national mission to map fossil fuels and renewables

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Author(s): Ashok Sreenivas, Shantanu Dixit Publication Date: February, 2015

India's energy demand will increase significantly in future as it provides its citizens access to modern energy, and energy will be a key driver for “Make in India”, one of the flagship programs of the current Government. The minister for coal, power and renewables has recently announced ambitious targets of domestic coal, electricity and renewables generation. To achieve these goals and understand the implications of meeting the energy demand, India must know its 'strengths' by really understanding the geographic distribution and potential of various domestic energy sources and 'weaknesses' in the form of the constraints involved in exploiting them. This can be done by instituting a National Energy Resource Mapping Mission (NERMM). An article proposing such an NERMM appeared in the Indian Express dated 31st Jan 2015.

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