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Uttar Pradesh: A State Critical for India's Energy Transition

December 01, 2021
Kashish Shah

Key Findings

As of October 2021, Uttar Pradesh had total installed renewable capacity of 4.3GW, which is only 30% of its renewable capacity commissioning target of 14.1GW by 2022. By comparison, other states with high electricity demand are well ahead on their 2022 capacity commissioning targets.

Uttar Pradesh is now at a crossroads where the choices it makes about meeting future power demand growth could either speed up or slow down India's decarbonisation journey.

Uttar Pradesh has fallen behind other power-intensive Indian states in terms of delivering on renewable capacity targets. Urgent action is needed to get back on track, not only for the state to meet its own targets but also to avoid slowing overall progress towards India's targets of 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable capacity by 2022 and 500GW of non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030.

Kashish Shah

Kashish Shah is an energy finance analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA). He specialises in financing, policy and technology matters of the Indian electricity market.

Kashish has a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and an Electronics Engineering degree from NMIMS University in Mumbai.

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