The India state of Gujarat is the highest amongst Indian states with renewable energy generation potential from different sources, according to the Central Statistical Office’s report ‘Energy Statistics 2012′.
India’s energy-mix includes both non-renewable energy sources such as coal, petroleum, lignite and natural gas as well as renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydro and cogeneration bagasse. The information about the nation’s reserves of non-renewable sources and the potential to generate renewable energy sources is a requirement for assessing its potential to meet its energy needs of the future.
According to the report, Gujarat’s wind power generating potential stood at 10,609 MW along with small hydro potential at 197 MW. Similarly, Biomass Power stood at 1,221 MW as well as cogeneration bagasse at 350 MW. The state’s waste to energy potential stood at 112 MW.
The report states that Gujarat has the highest estimated renewable energy generation potential compared to other states, based on geographic distribution, with maximum share of around 14% (12,489 megawatt). It is followed by Karnataka with a share of 12% (11,071 MW) and Maharashtra with 11% (9596 MW), mainly based on wind power potential.