Date: 31 January, 2015
Uttarakhand, a state richly endowed with perennial rivers and water streams, has a large potential of generating power using hydro power projects. Uttarakhand has an estimated potential of about 3000 MW of hydro power, in the small, mini and micro hydro segment. Out of this only about 170 MW of small hydro power projects have been installed. There is a huge untapped potential of generating power from micro/mini hydro projects of capacities up to 2 MW.
This potential, if harnessed efficiently, can help to meet Uttarakhand government’s goals of rural development, viz-a-viz, electrification, revenue generation and livelihood development. Community managed micro/mini hydro power projects with effective support and partnership with public and private sector has the potential to sustainably address the unmet demand of energy in rural areas of Uttarakhand.
Micro/mini hydro power projects are also clean and renewable sources of energy having a minimal impact on natural biodiversity and human settlements. In addition, Uttarakhand government recognizes the threat of climate change and envisages micro/mini hydro power as one of the key mitigation initiatives of the state.
Therefore, to promote micro/mini hydro power projects in the state, it is essential to formulate a comprehensive policy which aims to accelerate growth of micro/mini hydro power projects in Uttarakhand by providing a favorable environment for all the stakeholders.