Arunachal Pradesh is the largest by area of the so-called “Seven Sisters” of northeastern India. With a predominantly agrarian economy, Arunachal Pradesh has the lowest density of population compared to other states in India, and much of the state is uninhabitable due to its extreme terrain. While Arunachal Pradesh has some hydroelectric projects underway, its primary significant comes from the disputed border with China, which has been a source of friction for over 50 years.
32,333 sq. miles
$2.09 billion (USD)
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced that one percent of electricity produced by the 405 MW Ranganadi dam hydropower project will be provided free to local residents. Residents of the affected area had accused the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd of failing to meet commitments made to local citizens.
The environment ministry has deferred clearance for the 600 MW Tawang hydroelectric project on the grounds that the location is a vital wintering ground of the black necked crane, an endangered species, and other birds. The ministry will conduct environmental impact study.
India hopes to bring power and street lighting to close to 900 remote villages in Arunachal Pradesh using off-grid renewable energy kits. The government will invite bids from companies for the project, which includes energy efficient bulbs, fans, and 8-hour battery backup
Kerala, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, and Mizoram have joined the center’s debt relief scheme for power distribution companies, the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY), bringing the total number of states enrolled to 27. Earlier participants have been able to reduce subsidies to debt-laden power distribution companies by 5 to 10 percent.
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Wind Performance Tracker — Arunachal Pradesh achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)
Solar Performance Tracker — Arunachal Pradesh reaches 4.39 MW (updated October 31, 2017)