The power crisis in the country; the growing gap between demand and supply; long-term plans to augment power generation and climate change; — it is imperative to innovate renewable and green energy to power the growing economy.
Mass sensitisation on clean energy is the need of the hour. Youth must be educated and empowered to be a part of addressing these issues. It is in this backdrop, RRB Energy Limited, in collaboration with the British Council’s Active Citizens Movement and The Environmentalist Foundation of India, is organising a nationwide discussion forum ‘WindAge’ to engage the youth and student community, and sensitise the future energy consumers to take to green energy, like solar and wind power, which is renewable and sustainable.
“The two-hour interactive forum titled ‘WindAge’ will be held in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Bangalore, challenging the youth to debate on clean, green wind energy. The open floor discussion will be an ideal opportunity for the young generation to get a better understanding of wind energy with facts and statistical information,” Arun Krishnamurthy, Founder, The Environmentalist Foundation of India, said.
The participants will include students, academicians, young entrepreneurs and social activists.
The objective of the campaign is to select wind energy ambassadors, who can play an ideal role in bringing green energy sources which can be used as an alternative to our conventional sources of energy.
Participants of the forum will be inducted into The Environmentalist Foundation of India’s climate negotiations team supported by RRB Energy to create space for innovation in the renewable energy sector, and to bring about clean energy solutions for households. WindAge is the first step in a multi-pronged approach towards clean energy for the common man, he added.
The first forum in the seven cities was conducted in Chennai recently, where students of Indian Institute of Planning and Mangement (IIPM), SSN School of Management and Computer Applications and Rai Business School, Chennai, participated.
S. Santhosh and B. Senthil Kumar, IIPM, said, “People in Sivakasi and Tenkasi procure electricity through wind power.
Earlier, people used windmills for pumping water or grinding grain. With the onset of industrialisation, people adapted windmills into wind turbines used for generating electricity.
The need of the hour is to innovate a solar and wind-powered energy device which can be used primarily for energy production.
A project on food security, gross domestic product, environmental economics, green cities, happiness index and climate change will be conducted in four areas in seven cities during November and December. In Chennai, the project will cover areas such as Mudichur, Perungudi, Thiruninravur and Ennore.
The study will begin early this month and will be completed by March end.