Draft Geothermal Policy and Guidelines

Geothermal energy is a site specific renewable source of energy specifically suitable for catering to the energy needs of remote/interior localities. Considering the possible utility of geothermal energy as a substitute of heat as well as energy source, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has formulated policy guidelines for the exploration and development of geothermal resources in India. The vision of the geothermal policy is to make a substantial contribution to India’s long-term energy supply and reduce our national greenhouse gas emissions by developing a sustainable, safe, secure, socially and environmentally responsible geothermal energy industry, apart from creating new employment opportunities and leading to environmentally sustainable development by the means of deployment of 1,000 MW(therm) and 20 MW(elect) Geothermal Energy Capacity in the initial phase till 2022 and 10,000 MW(therm) & 1000 MW(elect) by 2030.

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