Kerala slowing India’s biomass advancements

In comparison to the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, the south-western state of Kerala is not dedicated to generating biomass power, according to the government.

India has the potential of generating 21,000MW of biomass power and Farooq Abdullah, the minister of new and renewable energy, said: ‘The leading states in producing biomass power are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu…Kerala has not done much.’

However Abdullah’s ministry is implementing a project on removal of barriers to biomass power generation in India assisted by UNDP/Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Of the project Abdullah said: ‘Its objective is to identify barriers in large scale commercialisation of biomass power. The project inter-alia involves establishment of 7-10 Model Investment Projects (MIPs) in different parts of the country to demonstrate the viability of investment and financing models.’

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