Kinnaur/ himachal pradesh
Clean Energy from Hydropower
Sutlej River, INDIa*
The Government of India and the Government of Himachal Pradesh (GOHP) have identified the
Sutlej River as an important source of hydropower and have initiated hydroelectric projects along
Sutlej and its tributaries. The Sutlej River rises in the Tibetan Plateau, passes via steep valleys
and gorges through the Himalayan Mountains and foothills and meets the Arabian Sea across the
plains of Northern India and Pakistan.
The Karcham-Wangtoo Hydroelectric Project (KWHEP) forms a part of an overall plan of development of the Sutlej river basin hydropower potential proposed by the GOHP.
The project is was initially executed by Jaypee Karcham Hydro Corporation Limited (JKHCL), a special purpose vehicle formed by the promoter group Jaiprakash Associates Limited (JAL).
From 01/09/2015 onwards, the Himachal Baspa Power Company Ltd has owned the power plant and thus new owner is acting as project proponent for the proposed project activity.
The hydroelectric power plant helps to promote the share of renewable energies in this region. In this way, the construction will delay a coal or gas or oil-fired thermal power plant of similar capacity to supply the fossil fuel-based regional grid, which will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere.
When developing the project, particular care was taken to involve the local residents of the river region in the project whenever possible in order to generate economic added value.
Climate protection taken seriously - with its own coal exit law
According to the Climate Protection Index 2017 (Germanwatch), India is ranked number nine places overall (!) In Germany in the international climate protection ranking.
And although India is one of the top ten emitters of carbon due to its 1.3 billion population, its per capita emissions are still at a relatively low level. Nevertheless, the country's emissions are currently rising rapidly. Although about 25 percent of the rising energy consumption is covered by renewable energies, there is still enough room for improvement.
India's government wants to quadruple the share of renewable energies by 2022. Electricity from solar collectors is already the cheapest source of electricity in India today. By 2026, all coal power plants are to be abolished. In 58 developing countries, including India, electricity from wind and sun is already cheaper than electricity from fossil fuels. (Bloomberg)
With our climate protection projects from India, we support the climate protection efforts of the central government, which has been playing a pioneering role for years now compared to Germany. Germany, as alleged climate protection pioneer subsidizes today, and probably the next decades, the brown coal electricity generation with billions of taxpayer money.