BHUBANESWAR, APRIL 21, 2022
Odisha Energy Minister Capt. Dibya Shankar Mishra has laid emphasis on transition to a low carbon economy so as to preserve resources and protect the climate.
Speaking at the sensitization workshop on “Long-Term Energy Action Plan for the State of Odisha”, the Minister urged upon the departments to galvanize their efforts in respective sectors.
The workshop was jointly organized by GRIDCO and GIZ India here on Wednesday.
Addressing the gathering, State Energy Department Principal Secretary Nikunja B Dhal highlighted the role of captive industries which are mostly dependent upon fossil fuel as captive generation plants account for about two-thirds of the energy consumed in the State.
On behalf of GIZ India, technical expert Manoj Mahata led the discussion session.
At the outset, GRIDCO Director (F&CA) GB Swain presented the context setting address.
Managing Directors of GRIDCO, OPTCL OPGC, OHPC; OERC Secretary, CEOs GEDCOL and TPCODL; Joint Director, OREDA and senior officers of various Departments of the state government participated in the high-level deliberation towards preparation of the energy action plan for various energy consuming sectors such as Industries, Transport, Agriculture, Urban Development, Fisheries, MSME and Housing.
Earlier in July 2021, the State Government entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GIZ (a German Development Agency) under the Indo-German Bilateral Energy Access Programme IGEN Access-II for availing the non-financial Technical Assistance for preparation of a long-term Energy Action Plan for the State.
The programme objectives are synchronized with the National energy ambitions like 24×7 Power for All, 500 Gigawatt Renewable Energy by 2030, reduction of oil & gas imports, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators and Net-Zero emission by 2070.