‘Mission Innovation’ christened by PM Narendra Modi: US Energy Secretary

Under Mission Innovation, India has announced ambitious plans for deployment of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022

By: PTI | Washington | Published: October 4, 2016 8:19 am
narendra modi, mission innovation, us energy secretary, prime minister modi, renewable energy, climate change, energy initiative New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra at Chanakyapuri, in New Delhi on Sunday. PTI Photo by Kamal Singh

When world leaders were trying to settle upon a name for the global initiative to accelerate clean energy innovation, it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who came up with the catchy moniker of ‘Mission Innovation’, the US Energy Secretary has said.

“With regard to Prime Minister Modi, yes, it was very interesting. The ‘Mission Innovation’ goal of doubling energy R&D globally was being discussed.

“At that time we had a name for it that only one of those technical people in the Cabinet could love. When Prime Minister Modi heard about it, he just immediately zeroed in: let’s call it Mission Innovation. And so was it done,” US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum Hosted by the Atlantic and the Aspen Institute last week.

Under Mission Innovation, India has announced ambitious plans for deployment of 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 which includes 100 GW of solar, 60 GW wind, 10 GW from Biomass and 5 GW from small hydro power.

India has also embarked on a mission of construction of 100 Smart Cities which includes a blueprint with adequate provision for use of renewables and energy efficient technology.

Other members of Mission Innovation are Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, European Union, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico. Norway, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States.

Under this, each of the 20 participating countries and the European Union seek to double its governmental and/or state-directed clean energy research and development investment over five years.

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  1. B
    Oct 4, 2016 at 2:43 pm
    PM Modi's talents are firing on all cylinders. From World Yoga Day to Solar Alliance the world is recognizing him as an international leader. Now imagine how Congress wanted to finish him when he was CM. What a dangerous party Congress has become! Some of its leaders even talking the language of stan regarding surgical strikes.
    1. R
      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:20 am
      Please, please media... Do not print anything good of PM Modi that makes India good in the eye of the world, because the Modi haters (read India haters here) will have to rush immediately for Burnol, to apply where it burns!
      1. S
        Sankaran Krishnan
        Oct 4, 2016 at 7:33 am
        This only proves how the World Leaders are accepting India's views and its PM and they way they had accepted the coining "Mission Innovation" says it all which will be an proud moment for the Indians across the globe !!!
        1. D
          D Raj
          Oct 7, 2016 at 8:05 am
          What is wrong with the Indian media, using such clueless les. Are we supposed to get further colonized mentally? What the heck is with this use of words from the christian world? christened, baptised, david and ath, RIP, ... It is understandable if the west uses them because it is contextual to them. I never thought that Indian english media is so much mentally colonized copy cats. They are probably expecting us to know bible.