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GUWAHATI, April 10 � Asserting that the Centre was committed to ensuring supply of adequate, affordable and high-quality power, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal today said that apart from conventional sources of energy, the government had accorded top priority on harnessing the abundant renewable energy in the form of solar power, wind energy, biomass, etc.

Goyal, who was addressing the media after the conclusion of the two-day Conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers at the Assam Administrative Staff College, said that solar power in particular would get a sustained focus for which a nationwide target of generating 1 lakh MW of solar power by 2022 had been set.

�We are according maximum thrust on solar energy because it is clean and environment-friendly. The target is five times the currently available solar power, and we intend to achieve it by 2020 itself � two years ahead of the scheduled time,� he said. On Assam�s prospect of harnessing solar energy, Goyal said that the State should put thrust on canal-top and river-top solar projects.

�Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has assured us of a 800-bigha plot where a solar power project would come up with an initial capacity of 40 MW,� he said. Stressing the need for coal linkage for thermal power projects of the country, Goyal said that coal production had hit an all-time high in the past 23 years and establishing coal linkage was critical to attaining self-sufficiency in power generation.

Predicting a total transformation of the power sector in the coming years, Goyal urged the States to be pro-active and to pursue innovative solutions while working together with the Centre in the spirit of cooperative federalism.

�There is a need for expeditious planning and implementation on a mission mode to address policy issues on a fast-track basis,� he added.

Union Power Secretary PK Sinha said that the two-day conference deliberated more on policy issues, while the State-specific issues could be discussed separately on a bilateral basis later. He also emphasized the need for reducing the AT&C loss and a revamp of the transmission and the distribution sectors.

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Priority on renewable energy: Goyal

GUWAHATI, April 10 � Asserting that the Centre was committed to ensuring supply of adequate, affordable and high-quality power, Union Minister of State for Power (Independent Charge) Piyush Goyal today said that apart from conventional sources of energy, the government had accorded top priority on harnessing the abundant renewable energy in the form of solar power, wind energy, biomass, etc.

Goyal, who was addressing the media after the conclusion of the two-day Conference of Power, Renewable Energy and Mines Ministers at the Assam Administrative Staff College, said that solar power in particular would get a sustained focus for which a nationwide target of generating 1 lakh MW of solar power by 2022 had been set.

�We are according maximum thrust on solar energy because it is clean and environment-friendly. The target is five times the currently available solar power, and we intend to achieve it by 2020 itself � two years ahead of the scheduled time,� he said. On Assam�s prospect of harnessing solar energy, Goyal said that the State should put thrust on canal-top and river-top solar projects.

�Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has assured us of a 800-bigha plot where a solar power project would come up with an initial capacity of 40 MW,� he said. Stressing the need for coal linkage for thermal power projects of the country, Goyal said that coal production had hit an all-time high in the past 23 years and establishing coal linkage was critical to attaining self-sufficiency in power generation.

Predicting a total transformation of the power sector in the coming years, Goyal urged the States to be pro-active and to pursue innovative solutions while working together with the Centre in the spirit of cooperative federalism.

�There is a need for expeditious planning and implementation on a mission mode to address policy issues on a fast-track basis,� he added.

Union Power Secretary PK Sinha said that the two-day conference deliberated more on policy issues, while the State-specific issues could be discussed separately on a bilateral basis later. He also emphasized the need for reducing the AT&C loss and a revamp of the transmission and the distribution sectors.