Role of MNRE
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for all matters relating to new and renewable energy. The broad aim of the Ministry is to develop and deploy new and renewable energy for supplementing the energy requirements of the country. With the investor friendly regulations by MNRE, there will be huge potential for development of renewable energy projects.
MNRE is responsible for the following activities
- Research and development of biogas and programmes relating to biogas units;
- Commission for Additional Sources of Energy (CASE);
- Solar energy including solar photovoltaic (SPV) devices and their development, production and applications;
- All matters relating to small/mini/micro hydel projects of, and below, 25 MW capacity;
- Programme relating to improved chulhas and research and development thereof;
- Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited;
Research and development of other nonconventional/ renewable sources of energy and programmes relating thereto;
- Tidal energy;
Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP);
- Geothermal energy
- Bio-fuels: (i) National Policy; (ii) research, development and demonstration on transport, stationary and other applications; (iii) setting up of a National Bio-fuels Development Board and strengthening the existing institutional mechanism; and (iv) overall coordination.
- Dr Farooq Abdullah is the Minister of New and Renewable Energy since the 31st May, 2009.
- Shri Gireesh B. Pradhan assumed charge as Secretary in the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy with effect from the 1st October, 2011. This Ministry has one Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, two Joint Secretaries, two Advisers and one Economic Adviser.
MNRE has published the following documents in relation to the development of renewable energy:
1. MNRE – Strategic Plan for New & Renewable Energy Sector for the period 2011-17 – Feb, 2011
2. Guidelines for tariff based competitive bidding process for grid connected power projects based on renewable energy sources – December, 2012
3. MNRE – Standard Bid Document for RFP for medium or long term power procurement under Case 1 – RE bidding procedure – December, 2012
4. MNRE – Standard Bid Document for RFP for medium or long term power procurement under Case 2 – RE bidding procedure – December, 2012