Conference of Power, New Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States & UTs concluded

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Who: Conference of Ministers of States & UTs
Where: Kochi, Kerala
What: Concluded
When: 7 November 2015

A two day Conference of Power, New Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers of States & Union Territories (UTs) concluded on 7 November 2015. It was held in Kochi, Kerala.

The conference discussed problems faced by the power and renewable energy sector and evolved appropriate resolutions.

It was attended by power ministers and secretaries of fifteen states and UTs and chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy.

Key resolutions of the conference

• States unanimously decide to adopt Mission Mode for electrifying remaining villages by March 2017 under Deendayal Upadhyaya Grameen Jyoti Yojana ( DDUGJY)
• Achieving the 24×7 Power For All by 2019 or earliest
• It was decided that the States whose plan documents on Power For All have not been prepared should get it expedited with the help of consultants and central team members so that all these documents are completed by 31st December 2015
• States resolved to ensure expeditious implementation of Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) projects by implementing them within 30 months from date of sanction.
• 15 percent Aggregate Technical and Commercial Losses (AT & C) to be achieved at national level by 2019-20

• A state level mission will be established to plan smart grid activities in States
• States which are presently not having Right of Way (RoW) and Right of Use (RoU) / policy should take immediate step for having the same
• States have resolved to set targets for replacement for all existing conventional street lights and incandescent bulbs with LED by 2019
• Nine States namely Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana have decided to replace 10 percent of existing agricultural water pumps with energy efficient pumps including solar within one year
• States have also agreed to set up solar parks as per stipulated schedule and to mandate the installation of solar roof tops on Government buildings
• States have also decided to encourage interstate and intrastate transmission of renewable energy through various measures like allowing open access, not charging wheeling charges, cross subsidy charges, banking charges etc.
• States which are rich in wind resource agreed to put in place a mechanism for forecasting and scheduling of wind power by 1st January 2016