India has many years of experience using renewable energy sources to fulfill the energy needs of its population. This includes exploitation of both traditional sources (such as biomass)and nontraditional sources (such as wind power). India has been the region's research hub on the use of biomass for electricity generation as well as development of biofuels, mainly to replace fossil fuels used in the transport sector. Up to now, the production of biofuels in India has concentrated on ethanol and the use of non-edible sources such as Jatropha. It is expected that the focus will remain on non-edible sources in the foreseeable future. Thesebiofuel interventions are well placed within India's Integrated Energy Policy of 20064 and the National Action Plan of Climate Change of 2008. India has an estimated 64 million hectares (ha) of wasteland, out of which about 17 million ha are likely to be suitable for biofuel crops.
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