Power minister asks state governments to set up state level steering committees for energy transition

The union minister of power and new and renewable energyhas asked the states and union territories (UTs) to set up state-level steering committees for energy transition.

These committees will work under the chairmanship of the chief secretaries of the respective states/UTs. The principal secretaries of power and new and renewable energy departments, transport, industries, housing and urban affairs, agriculture, rural development and public works departments, etc. will act as members of these committees. The states and UTs will work on the annual strategy of energy transition under the mandate of the committee.States like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand have already constituted such committees.Further, the minister highlighted that for energy transition, the states and UTs have to work together on multiple tracks. The first track is the addition of renewable energy to the electricity generation mix, the second track would be the promotion of energy efficiency, while the third one would be more use of biomass and green hydrogen. The minister also urged the states to make efforts for zero diesel in agriculture by 2024.