BHOPAL : The State Government and Centre would jointly set up a high-power committee for collaborating with NTPC to improve capacity of thermal power plants. It will be headed by principal secretary energy on behalf of the state while Joint secretary Government of India and Director Finance NTPC will be included as members. The committee will valuate the thermal power plants. The object is to increase capacity of thermal per plants above 80 percent.

This was decided after a high-level meeting between Union Minister of State for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan at Mantralaya here on Wednesday. Holding discussions on a number of issues relating to power sector, Goyal said that the Centre would extend all possible cooperation on important issues to Madhya Pradesh.

The Chief Minster brought to notice of the Union Minister the requirement of additional power during festive seasons. Goyal said the demand was justified and said that immediate requirement will be fulfilled and NTPC will immediately start supply to the state. He also said that additional electricity would be given to Madhya Pradesh from Centre’s unallocated quota for Rabi season. Chauhan informed that the demand of power will increase up to 40 percent during Rabi season. In response, Goyal said that 500 mw will be allocated to Madhya Pradesh for 100 days from October 15.

Commending the excellent performance of the state in renewable energy sector, Goyal assured all possible cooperation from the Centre to help Madhya Pradesh increase its share up to 30 percent in renewable energy in state’s total power generation capacity by 2017. It is worth noticing that the state has set a target of increasing 21 percent share of renewable sector in state’s total power generation. He said that the pro-active approach to renewable energy sector exhibited in Madhya Pradesh is an example for other states.

The Union Minister said that all out efforts would be made to ensure supply of coal to the state. He said that Madhya Pradesh has made a distinct identity in the state in respect of achieving self-sufficiency in energy.

There would be no shortage of coal for the state. Additional Chief Secretary Renewable Energy SR Mohanty informed about the major initiatives to tap potential of renewable energy.

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