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Policy stability will spike renewable growth in India: IEEFA

Policy stability will spike renewable growth in India: IEEFA
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Policy certainty will increase domestic and international investing into India, a new report out on Thursday by the Institute for Energy Economics and...

New Delhi: Policy certainty will increase domestic and international investing into India, a new report out on Thursday by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) said.

The report, India's Renewable Energy Policy Headwinds - Recommendations for Urgently Accelerating Activity in the Renewable Energy Sector, finds a number of recent policy positions that have undermined growth in this sector.

"India is one of the world's largest and fastest growing markets for renewable energy and power transmission," report author and IEEFA's Director of Energy Finance Studies Tim Buckley said.

"Domestic renewable energy tariffs are now two thirds the cost of domestic coal-sourced power tariffs and half that of new imported thermal power costs.

India must be very proud of this result, and they must leverage this opportunity to enhance energy security whilst securing deflationary domestic energy investments.

The opportunity cost of delaying India's electricity sector transition is too high. With a few policy tweaks, India could be back on track to meet its ambitious target of 450 gigawatts of renewables by 2030," said the report.

The IEEFA report identifies a number of policies currently stifling growth in renewable energy sector in India.

They include the imposition of the solar cell and module trade duty in 2017, which the government is now looking to extend beyond 2020.

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