India Drafts Policy to Boost Geothermal Energy Capacity to 1,000MW by 2022

The Indian government has drafted a policy document that sets out a target of having 1,000 megawatts of geothermal energy in place by 2022.

India has abundant geothermal energy resources but is relatively untapped, compared to wind and solar energy. There is also an over-reliance on the relatively cheaper coal to fire power plants. According to government estimates, India has the potential to produce 10,600MW of power from geothermal energy.

The states of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are developing or planning to develop geothermal power plants that have modest capacities of between 3MW to 5MW.

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