To provide electricity to every household, the minister intends to promote smart metering. She also urged all the state governments to replace conventional meters with pre-paid smart meters, in the next three years.
This can reduce the burden of Discoms as well, as it will provide an opportunity for consumers to select the rate and the supplier too.
To emphasise the oil and gas sector, the open acreage license policy (OALP) has been awarded 1.37 lakh sq/km for exploration to the private sector and Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
Additionally, a proposal for expansion of the National gas grid from 16,200 km to 27,000 km was announced.
The FM also said, that very soon, there will be a policy to allow private players to build data centre parks in India.
To reduce the dependence upon conventional power plants, the government plans to increase solar power capacity.
Nirmala Sitaraman announced that the government is considering setting up solar power capacity alongside railway tracks.
With the demand of 12 billion units of electricity and an increase of 5% power demand in the Indian Railways, the government is planning to generate, and fulfil 10% of its power demands, through solar power.
This makes the country very vulnerable to climate change. And to handle this, the Indian Railways has planned to become a net-zero carbon emitter.
Setting up a large solar capacity alongside railway tracks can help the Railways add about 18-20 GW capacity, by utilising land owned by the Indian Railways, and reducing their power acquisition cost.
If all these proposals are implemented properly, then it will prove to be a boon for the country’s renewable sector and will help the Discoms, consumers, economy, and environment.