Renewable source of energy can provide more power in much less cost than new coal-powered power plants in India, and it costs more to run 62 per cent of the country’s coal capacity than to build new renewable power generation facilities, according to a new study.
New York environmental regulators released a draft pollution rule on Wednesday that would require all of the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants to shut or be repowered to burn cleaner fuels like natural gas by 2020.
India is adding the least amount of coal-fired power in more than a decade as tepid demand from indebted state retailers fails to utilize the nation’s existing generation capacity.
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.
In the central Indian village of Raikheda, the construction of a thermal coal power plant once promised jobs and economic progress.
China’s clampdown on new coal projects and a reluctance by backers to provide further funds in India are mainly responsible for last year’s drop in the amount of coal-powered generation capacity under development
Since 2000 or so, China along with, to a lesser extent, India and other developing nations has been on a coal binge, building coal-fired power plants at a breakneck pace.
The amount of new coal power being built around the world fell by nearly two-thirds last year, prompting campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel was in freefall.
Environment lobby split, TERI harps on mix of renewable and storage, CSE says coal power here to stay
The environment lobby seems to be a divided house with agencies like that of The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) and Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) taking different stand on the future of power generation in India
The thermal power generation units which would commission post March 2017 would see their cost rising by at least 10-15 paisa per unit.