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India Need to ramp up domestic energy supplies : Dr. Manmohan Singh

, December 15, 2011, 0 Comments

New Delhi, December 14, 2011 : Speaking on the National Energy Conservation Day here, Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh said that as India imports a large portion of its overall energy needs, “it is of vital importance that we redouble our efforts both to increase the domestic supply of energy and to reduce the energy intensity of our GDP”. He also highlighted the fact that ‘India is largely dependent on fossil fuels, any improvement in the energy efficiency of thermal power generation plants would help reduce energy intensity of the national GDP’.

Emphasising the importance of Solar Energy he said the National Solar Mission aims to generate 20,000 MW of solar power by 2020. Successful implementation of the National Mission would lead to annual fuel saving of about 23 million tonnes oil equivalent — in coal, gas and petroleum products — along with an expected avoided capacity addition of over 19,000 MW.