Govt.’s primary objective is to provide energy access at affordable prices: Goyal

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Tokyo, Jan. 14 (ANI): Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal has said the primary objective of the government’s thrust on energy efficiency investments is to promote sustainable development and to improve energy access at affordable prices to the people of India.

Goyal, who is presently in Tokyo to attend the eighth India-Japan Energy Dialogue, said the joint statement issued following the conclusion of the Energy Dialogue chalked out a clear roadmap for further collaboration in the fields of electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation, coal and petroleum and natural gas.

He informed the use of energy efficiency measures as well as promotion of cleaner and renewable sources of energy in India is a step forward.

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The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy also underlined the fact that India is trying to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels while simultaneously adopting advanced technologies to address its developmental priorities.

Goyal urged the Japanese and Indian industry to come out with innovative technologies that could serve the needs of the common man – particularly for unserved sections of India where electricity grid is yet to reach.

He stressed on the importance of promoting energy efficiency in agriculture sector where more efficient pumps could replace the existing inefficient ones leading to savings on energy, better technology to the farmers and benefit of financial saving to the states of India.

Goyal invited the industry to implement energy efficiency projects in a manner where a comprehensive package is provided to the consumer, starting from the energy audit to the implementation.

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The Minister attended three roundtable conferences yesterday on Clean Coal Technologies and Efficient Coal Based Power Generation, Super-Efficient Appliances and LEDs and Energy Efficient Petroleum Refining- Energy Audit in Refineries.

He also participated in two roundtable conferences held on the theme of Energy Storage Technologies and Smart Grids/Smart Meters today morning.

Goyal also participated in a roundtable seminar at the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ).

A delegation of about 30 top Indian businesspersons is accompanying the Minister. This is in addition to PSUs like Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, IREDA, NTPC and others. Japanese companies participating in the meetings include Toshiba, Hitachi, Sumitomo, NEC, NGK, Omron, Mitshubishi, Fuji,Yokogawa, Toyo, Panasonic and others. Besides their participation in sessions dedicated to priority energy areas, an Investors’ Roundtable Dinner was also held. (ANI)

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