New Delhi: NITI Aayog of India has launched the Geospatial Energy Map of India on October 18. NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) Energy Map of India with the support of various ministries of the Government of India.
The Geospatial Energy Map of India will be useful in planning and making investment decisions. It will also aid in disaster management using available energy assets.
The GIS map provides a holistic picture of all energy resources of the country which enables visualization of energy installations such as conventional power plants, oil and gas wells, petroleum refineries, coal fields and coal blocks, district-wise data on renewable energy power plants, and renewable energy resource potential through 27 thematic layers.
Dr Rajiv Kumar Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, member Dr VK Saraswat and CEO of NITI Aayog Amitabh Kant along with Dr K Sivan, Chairman ISRO, and Secretary Department of Space were present on the occasion.
“Energy markets have immense potential to bring in efficiency gains. Going forward, GIS-based mapping of energy assets will be advantageous to all concerned stakeholders and will help in accelerating the policy-making process. Fragmented data have been brought together; this will be a great research instrument,” Dr Rajiv Kumar said while launching the map.
The map attempts to identify and locate all primary and secondary sources of energy and their transportation and transmission networks to provide a comprehensive view of energy production and distribution in a country. It is a unique effort aimed at integrating energy data scattered across multiple organizations and presenting it in a consolidated, visually appealing graphical manner.