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Mission 2022: Hydropower may help India achieve its renewable energy target, but not a green future

The government is striving to revive stalled renewable power projects to meet its 2022 target of 175GW in green energy. With the clock ticking, the focus seems to be shifting back from wind and solar to hydropower. But chasing short-term targets alone could weigh down India’s green future.
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The Salal Hydroelectric Power Station's dam on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir. Getty Images
The Salal Hydroelectric Power Station's dam on the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir.
The tide seems to be turning in India’s power sector. With the government scurrying to meet its 2022 renewable-energy capacity target and installation of wind- and solar-power generation facilities plateauing, the focus seems to be shifting back to a conventional source — hydropower. Earlier this month, the Cabinet committee on economic affairs approved the expenditure on pre-investment for the
journal Nature , titled “Projected Increase in Hydropower Production in India under Climate Change”, estimates that the mean annual streamflow would increase by as much as 45% and hydropower production by up to 25% in the near future. But these projections come with a caveat — the summers are going to be drier. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
The tide seems to be turning in India’s power sector. With the government scurrying to meet its 2022 renewable-energy capacity target and installation of wind- and solar-power generation facilities plateauing, the focus seems to be shifting back to a conventional source — hydropower. Earlier this month, the Cabinet committee on economic affairs approved the expenditure on pre-investment for the journal Nature , titled “Projected Increase in Hydropower Production in India under Climate Change”, estimates that the mean annual streamflow would increase by as much as 45% and hydropower production by up to 25% in the near future. But these projections come with a caveat — the summers are going to be drier. ( Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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