Policies for Renewable Energies/Biomass in India
"India’s search for new and renewable energy resources that would ensure sustainable development and energy security began in early 70’s of the last century. Consequently, use of various renewable energy resources and efficient use of energy were identified as the two thrust areas of the sustainable development. Realising the need for concentrated efforts in this sector, the Government of India established a Commission for Additional Sources of Energy (CASE) in the Department of Science and Technology, in 1981. The mandate of CASE is to promote research and development activities in the field of renewable energy. CASE was formally incorporated in 1982, in the newly created Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources (DNES). In 1992 DNES became the Ministry for Non-conventional Energy Sources, commonly known as MNES.
The Ministry continues to support the implementation of a large broad-spectrum programme covering the entire range of new and renewable energies. The Ministry has Regional Offices, three specialised research Institutions and a non-banking financial company – Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) - under its administrative control to promote its policy and programme initiatives. The following sections cover Government of India’s major programmes, policies and incentives for the promotion of renewable and non-conventional technologies in India."