In line with national policy and Indian Railway’s commitment for a clean environment, with assistance from the Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL), Central Railway has executed an agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd for the supply of wind energy.
The supply has started from June 22 from Wind Energy Plant of 50.4 MW of the National Aluminium Company (NALCO) at Jath Sangli, Maharashtra.
Central Railway will be able to save approx Rs. 35 crore annually with this, towards difference in tariff and cost of Renewable Energy Certificates partially.
Use of wind energy will also reduce Indian Railways’ and consequently Nation’s carbon footprint by 0.082 Million Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
Central Railway has been the pioneer in the procurement of traction energy through open access, thereby saving approx. Rs 50 crore month in Traction Energy bills.
Indian Railways is a lead signatory to India’s NDC by committing to reduce 20% of fresh water consumption by 2030 and to reduce carbon emission by 32% over the base year 2005 by improving rail traction energy & fuel efficiency.
Reference- Mid-day, Indian Railway PR