Odisha struggles with significant challenges, including a difficult neighborhood, persistent left-wing violence, and interior districts that are some of the poorest and most isolated in India. The state government, led by the Biju Janata Dal, has largely responded with populist measures that have won it unusual stability in office. Increased pressure from the opposition, however, may prompt the government to rethink its approach.
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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.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has allocated 50 MW of wind power capacity from Gujarat to Odisha in order to meet Odisha’s renewable purchase obligations (RPO).
NTPC Ltd will start commercial operations of its $1.9 billion 1600 MW (2x800) supercritical coal-based power plant at Darlipalli in Odisha’s Sundergarh by September 2019.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved Odisha’s phased project design to first develop 400 MW capacity and then the rest of a 1000 MW solar park. The state has identified 1415 acres of land for the first phase in Sambalpur and Boudh districts in the state.
India’s first plant to convert coal to synthetic gas will be set up in Odisha under the supervision of GAIL, the central gas transmission utility.
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Wind Performance Tracker — Odisha achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)
Solar Performance Tracker — Odisha reaches 79.49 MW (updated October 31, 2017)