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Ministry of New and Renewal Energy (MNRE)

Wednesday 16 January 2008, by Deepa

Recognizing the importance of renewable energy sources as the best alternative to conventional fuels, the Government of India set up a full fledged independent department, the Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources in 1982, converted into the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in 1992.

MNRE is the nodal agency of the Government of India for all matters relating to non-conventional/renewable energy. It undertakes policy making, planning, promotion and co-ordination functions relating to all aspects of renewable energy, including fiscal and financial incentives, creation of industrial capacity, promotion of demonstration and commercial programmes, R&D and technology development, intellectual property protection, human resource development and international relations. MNRE also deals with emerging areas such as fuel cells, electrical vehicles, ocean energy and hydrogen energy. In order to provide concessional financial support to the renewable energy sector, the Ministry has set up under its fold a financial institution - Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA).

MNRE activities are divided into different groups, as listed, on the basis of end use applications and activities. These groups are -

1. Renewable Energy Policy and Legislation

2. Solar Energy

3. Power Generation

4. Energy from Urban, Municipal and Industrial Wastes

5. New Technology -geothermal energy, ocean energy, alternate
fuel for surface transport including electric vehicles, chemical
sources of energy including fuel cells and hydrogen energy.

6. Research & Development

7. Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd

8. Information and Public Awareness

9. International Relations

10. Integrated Finance

11. Planning, co-ordination and administration

MNRE is giving a new thrust to its renewable energy programmes and more aggressively moving into new areas and proceeding in new directions across the entire spectrum of rural energy, solar energy, power generation and new technologies.

View online : MNRE Website