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New & Renewable Energy


Past Secretaries

Dr. Satish Balram Agnihotri
Ratan P. Watal


New and Renewable Energy to be a significant source in furtherance of the national aim of energy security and energy independence


Develop, demonstrate and commercialize technologies for harnessing new and renewable energy sources in close concert with corporate, scientific and technical institutions. Replace use of different fossil fuels wherever possible, and increase access to electricity/ lighting in remote and rural areas, through Renewable Energy Systems Increase the contribution of Renewable Energy in the total energy mix of the country to 6 per cent by 2022, with about 12 per cent contribution to total electricity mix by 2016-17.

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is the nodal Ministry of the Government of India for all matters relating to new and renewable energy. The broad aim of the Ministry is to develop and deploy new and renewable energy for supplementing the energy requirements of the country. Creation CASE and Ministry:
  • Commission for Additional Sources of Energy (CASE) in 1981.
  • Department of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (DNES) in 1982.
  • Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) in 1992.
  • Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) renamed as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 2006.
The role of new and renewable energy has been assuming increasing significance in recent times with the growing concern for the country's energy security. Energy self-sufficiency was identified as the major driver for new and renewable energy in the country in the wake of the two oil shocks of the 1970s. The sudden increase in the price of oil, uncertainties associated with its supply and the adverse impact on the balance of payments position led to the establishment of the Commission for Additional Sources of Energy in the Department of Science & Technology in March 1981. The Commission was charged with the responsibility of formulating policies and their implementation, programmes for development of new and renewable energy apart from coordinating and intensifying R&D in the sector. In 1982, a new department, i.e., Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources (DNES), that incorporated CASE, was created in the then Ministry of Energy. In 1992, DNES became the Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources. In October 2006, the Ministry was re-christened as the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  1. To promote deployment of grid-interactive renewable power generation projects to augment contribution of renewables in total electricity mix. 
  2. To promote renewable energy initiatives for meeting energy needs in rural areas
  3. To promote renewable energy initiatives to supplement energy needs in urban areas
  4. To promote renewable energy initiatives to supplement energy needs in industry and commercial establishments
  5. To promote research, design and development activities at premier national institutions and industries on different aspects of new and renewable energy (NRE) technologies. 
  6. New initiatives and management actions 
  7. Development of resource base
  8. Funding of Clean Energy projects
  9. Monitoring Systems for installed projects


Outcome/ Impact of department/ ministry Jointly responsible for influencing this outcome / impact with the following department (s) / ministry(ies) Success Indicator Unit FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15 FY 15/16
1. Creating Additional Generation Capacity (RE initiative) to supplement the conventional Energy initiatives of the country CERC/SERC/Ministry of Power/Ministry of Environment and Forests/State Governments and  Implementing Agencies Capacity installed during the year (MW ) MW 3385 3163 3330 4000 5000
    Percentage of RE w.r.t total power installed in the country % 17.83 15.33 18 19 20
2. Meeting Energy needs of Rural areas under Remote Village Electrification /Energy Accecss programme Ministry of Power (responsible for identification of remote villages not likely to receive grid connectivity under RGGVY) No. of remote villages/hamlets covered No. 905 975      
    Biomass Gasifier for village energy supply No. 50 25 35 50 50
3. Meeting Energy needs in urban/industrial/rural sectors under other off-grid programmes Ministry of Power/Ministry of Rural Development Family Type Biogas Plants No. in Lakhs 1.5 1.25 1.1 1.25 1.25
    Solar Photovoltaic lighting systems financed by rural Banks No. 100000 125000 150000 175000 190000
    Installation of Solar Thermal systems in Urban areas and industry in Lakh Sq. mtr 11 1.41 4.5 6.5 6.75
4. Percentage of Energy produced in the Electricity Mix Ministry of Power/Central Electricity Authority Renewable Energy produced in the Electricity Mix Million Units          
    Percentage of Renewable Energy used in the Energy Mix MW 5.8 6.5      
5. Power Generation from Renewable Energy Ministry of Power/CEA Actual power Generation per MW of Total Installed capacity million units/MW 1.8 1.9 2    
    Unit cost of power produced from various sources cost/ unit   5.5 5.40    
    Generation from various Renewable Energy projects based on data collected through CEA MW          


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