Approval of pumped storage projects fast-tracked; hydro power on speed; clearances in record time, ET EnergyWorld


<p>The CEA has established a single window clearance cel.</p>
The CEA has established a single window clearance cel.

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has accorded concurrence to Upper Sileru Pumped Storage Project (PSP) of 1350 MW being developed at Sileru, Alluri Sitharama Raju district of Andhra Pradesh by APGENCO (a government of Andhra Pradesh undertaking) in record time of 70 days against the stipulated timeline of 90 days.

To expedite the process of concurrence of Hydro PSPs, the Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, Government of India has recently revamped the process for concurrence of Detailed Project Report (DPR) of these projects.

The CEA has established a single window clearance cell for this purpose. The Central Water Commission (CWC) has nominated nodal officers for fast-tracking the clearance of design aspects. It has also designated more groups for examination of design aspects of DPRs to further fast-track the clearances. The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has nominated nodal officers for fast-tracking the clearance of geological aspects of DPRs, and CEA has requested GSI to involve their subordinate and field offices in states to further fast-track the clearances.

Hydro Pumped Storage Projects are necessary to achieve government of India’s commitment of 500 GW installed capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by the year 2030 and Net Zero carbon emissions by the year 2070. The PSPs will help integrate intermittent renewable energy with the grid. It will enable supply of dispatchable renewable energy power and help in meeting the peaking requirement of the grid.

  • Published On Jun 9, 2023 at 08:20 AM IST

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