The Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal will be awarded the University of Pennsylvania’s top prize in energy policy for his contribution in improving power sector, pioneering efforts to the development of renewable energy and speedy electrification of thousands of remote villages in India.
THE CARNOT PRIZE is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice. The prize is named in memory of French scientist Sadi Carnot, who in 1824 published Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, which became the basis for the second law of thermodynamics.
The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Design will bestow its fourth annual Carnot Prize to Goyal, the former minister of power and renewable energy, on October 19.
A press release from the Kleinman Center said that Goyal was recognized for directing extraordinary and accelerated efforts to electrify 18,000 villages in remote parts of India, bridging the development gaps between different regions.
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The release said, “Goyal has also been instrumental in reforming India’s power markets and expanding renewable energy, in an effort to meet the country’s Paris Agreement targets”.
The Kleinman Center officials lauded Goyal for successfully retiring outdated coal plants while launching an ambitious renewable energy expansion programme.
“Although India is the world’s fourth top CO2 emitter, the country is currently at 20 percent renewable and is on solid footing to reach a 40 percent renewable mix by 2030” release said.
The founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center, Mark Alan Hughes said, “Goyal’s efforts demonstrate what it takes to create a just energy transition — courage amidst complexity. Providing power to the world’s energy poor turns on the lights—and also empowers education”.