Dehra Dun: Uttarakhand Renewable Energy
Development Agency (UREDA) has been made the nodal agency for
developing power projects upto 100 KW with participation of
local people in the hill state.
This was announced after a state Cabinet meeting chaired
by Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank.
Briefing reporters, state Chief Secretary Subhash Kumar
said the decision was aimed at expediting the process of
setting up power projects in the state.
These projects would be developed through local
panchayats or other local bodies, societies and local NGOs,
Kumar said, adding a total of 80 applications have been
received by the government so far in this regard.
Kumar said Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission
(UERC) has also fixed the rate of power to be produced from
such projects for supply at Rs 3.50 per unit.
He said the Central government gives a grant of Rs 80,000
per KW for developing projects in special category states like
It provided assistance of around Rs 1 lakh per KW for
such projects in border districts, he said.
Earlier, all power projects other than the
non-conventional ones were being developed by Uttarakhand Jal
Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL).