India emerged as a key player in the recent international climate talks in Paris. On the global stage, India reiterated its commitment towards clean energy and reducing carbon emissions.

The Standing Committee on Energy present this Twenty-first Report on the action taken by the Government on the recommendations contained in Thirteenth Report of the Standing Committee on Energy on 'Development and Status of Small Hydro Sector'.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The 2016 Renewable Energy Statistics Yearbook shows data sets on renewable power-generation capacity for 2006-2015, renewable power generation for 2006-2014 and renewable energy balances for 100 countries and areas for 2013 and 2014. Further, it features statistics on investments in renewable energies from 18 major multi-lateral, bilateral and national development financial institutions presented for the period 2009-2014.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents IRENA’s latest statistics for renewable power generation and capacity, as well as renewable energy balances for all countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is responsible for the development of small hydro projects up to 25 MW station capacity. The estimated potential of power generation from small hydro projects (up to 25 MW) is about 20,000 MW. So, far nearly 4300 MW SHP capacity has been harnessed at 1075 sites all across the country.

Standing Committee on Energy present this Fifteenth Report on ‘Hydropower, a sustainable, clean and green alternative’ relating to the Ministry of Power. Hydro power is clean, green, sustainable and also a cheap source of power in the long run.

Government of India has decided to provide 24 x 7 power to all in the country. The Government has a great mission of exploiting the Renewable Energy Sources in the country to an optimum level.

Gujarat has rivers, streams and large canal network which could be used for generation of clean and renewable power through small, mini and micro hydroelectricity (hydel) projects, hereinafter referred to as `Small Hydel Project'. However, only a small portion of the potentials in the state have so far been tapped.

One of India’s major advantages today and going forward is that its renewable energy (RE) potential is vast and largely untapped. Recent estimates show that India’s solar potential is greater than 750 GW and its announced wind potential is 302 GW (actual could be higher than 1000 GW).

The Renewable Energy (RE) potential in India is 8,89,508 Mega Watt. The Government of India, in pursuit of energy security and for minimizing impact on environment, has been prioritizing the development of RE sector through its policies and programmes.