Stated above is a solution to address the immediate power shortages for which the estimated timeline is 1-3 years. For the medium term (4-6 years), Coal, particularly that which is locally mined. The long term (7 year and beyond) solution vests in hydro power projects. To achieve a proper fuel-mix, alternate fuels to the extent of say 1/4th of that, is an absolute essential from the long-term energy security perspective. This can be achieved at the lowest possible costs which should not cross
single digit ever.
This thesis makes the argument for consolidated Energy Ministry (merger of Ministry of Water & Power and Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources) more cogent.
I must emphasize that the above discussion is merely one piece of the equation to achieve the most affordable, long-term sustainable energy supply in the Country. Solution to the second piece – Transmission and Distribution – is equally important which I would like to cover in my next article.
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