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Himachal Pradesh Aims To Be India’s First Green State: CM Jai Ram Thakur

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In his Budget speech, Jai Ram Thakur Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh said that the efforts would be made to ensure that 100 per cent of its energy requirement is met through Renewable and Green energy. If it is achieved, the State will become the first Green State in the Country, he added.

Himachal consumes about 12000 Million Units of Power every year. Only 2000 Million Units of which is thermal power and rest is Green/ Renewable power, he said.

The State has to use thermal power because of two reasons, first because the State has entered into Power Purchase Agreements long back with Thermal Power Stations. The obligations under these Thermal Power Stations will gradually reduce but will ultimately end only by 2034. The obligations include paying for both fixed costs and actual consumption charges and second reason is that the State uses some thermal power as Round the Clock power as it is cheaper than the Renewable Power.

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Himachal Pradesh in order to become a Green State has to come out of these obligations and requirement. This is achievable and this is what that has been aspired in the budget.

Himachal is trying to write a story of transition to be a complete Green State. To achieve this, its thermal obligations need to be underwritten or they need to be bought out. The way to do this will be through a Grand-Bargain may be with the G-7 countries as this will be the Just and Fair Cost and will be a part of climate finance, said the state official spokesperson.

Jai Ram Thakur, the Chief Minister has already raised it with Prime Minister and other Senior Minister in Government of India. The Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh had a discussion with the Country Director and Vice President of World Bank and the Vice Chairman and Members of NITI Aayog.

It’s a big idea. A bold step not only in fighting climate change but also towards making everything manufactured in Himachal Pradesh certified as Sustainable and Green the value it will add to the products manufactured in Himachal Pradesh will be immense, said CM Thakur.

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