No new coal-based power plants will be allowed by the Centre, apart from the ones already under construction. This has been included in the national electricity plan.
According to a recent Greening the Grid report, 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy can be integrated into the grid by 2022, minimising the need for traditional sources of energy.
The installed power capacity is 3,30,153 MW, of which thermal power comprises 1,94,432 MW and renewable energy 58,303 MW. The Centre has taken a decision to add 1,00,000 MW of solar power and 60,000 MW of wind power by 2022.
The decision to shift to renewable energy in a big way has not been welcomed by coal-based thermal power stations. Read More…