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Cabinet approves intrastate transmission scheme backing 20 GW of renewable energy capacity

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The second phase of Green Energy Corridor (GEC) scheme for Intra-State Transmission System will facilitate grid integration and power evacuation of approximately 20 GW of renewable energy (RE) power projects in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the scheme on Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II for Intra-State Transmission System (InSTS). The Scheme is intended to add approximately 10,750 circuit kilometres (ckm) of transmission lines and approx. 27,500 mega volt-amperes (MVA) transformation capacity of substations with central financial support.

The transmission infrastructure created under the scheme will facilitate grid integration and power evacuation of approximately 20 GW of renewable energy (RE) power projects in seven States. The beneficiary States include Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

The transmission system is targeted to be set up with a total estimated cost of INR 12,031.33 crore and central financial assistance (CFA) at 33% of the project cost, i.e., INR 3,970.34 crore.  The CFA will help in offsetting the intra-state transmission charges and thus keep the power costs down, ultimately benefiting the end users.

The transmission system will be created over a period of five year from financial year 2021-22 to 2025-26, helping the nation to achieve the target of 450 GW installed RE capacity by 2030.

This scheme is in addition to GEC Phase-I, which is already under implementation in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu for grid integration and power evacuation of approx. 24 GW of RE power and is expected to be completed by 2022. The scheme provides for addition of 9,700 ckm of transmission lines and 22,600 MVA capacity of substations with an estimated cost of INR 10,141.68 crore for transmission projects with CFA of INR 4,056.67 crore.