Most of the renewable resources of energy have the potential to provide grid quality power at competitive prices. Our State has a potential of about 4500 MW from renewable.
In spite of having such huge potential for renewable energy power, our rich reserves of major hydros and coal, harnessing power from renewables has not been very much in the focus. The growing consciousness towards environment, the need for sustainable development, the Kyoto protocol and other recent developments are gradually shifting our focus towards Renewable Energy Power.
In a bid to make fresh beginning , the state will soon come up with its renewable energy policy that would create a conducive environment for both public as well as private investment in the sector.
In order to establish Biomass-based Power Generation Projects in Odisha, Biomass Assessment Survey is a pre-requisite. Till now a total of 13 biomass assessment studies have been completed in Athamallick, Pallahara, Daspalla, Bargarh, Dhenkanal, Aska, Rajkanika, Jeypore, Malkangir, Udala, Rayagada, Koksara and Bramhagiri. Another 10 such projects have been allotted by MNES during 2001-2002 which have been given to 5 numbers of firms for study. The blocks taken up are Basta, Basudevpur, Bolangir, Digapahandi, Jajpur, Kolabira, Banapur, Nandapur, Nimapara and Athagarh.
Similiguda, a tribal village in Kashipur Block of Rayagada district, has been electrified through Biomass. 75 tribal households have been electrified and Street Lights have been provided in the Village Street. A 10 kW Generator set has been installed with a Gasifier. Presently a project is being developed with TERI as are partners for demonstration of alternative technologies for oil replacement energy, basically envisages utilization of surplus biomass for power generation purpose by making use of Japanese technologies developed for this purpose.