The powerministry has offered to supply electric cars to central government departments, which can either lease or purchase them — a move that can raise demand for such vehicles by about 5 lakh.
The remaining 90 million t of the sector’s demand will come from Singareni Collieries and captive coal blocks, Coal India executives said.
At a time when the Central government is battling the problem of low coal stocks in over 50 power plants in the country, a study by Coal India Ltd (CIL) has listed out the headwinds impacting the coal sector.
India’s power ministry is considering ending the lock on electricity sales by distributors as one way to speed up growth in vehicle charging stations, according to a ministry official with knowledge of the plan.
The power ministry in 2015 notified that power-generating units operating for more than 25 years would either be retired or replaced with efficient super-critical units, which use less coal and water but have high emission standards. Replacement with better technology would entail higher costs and thereby mean costlier power for consumers.
The government expects to conduct auctions next month to help idling power plants that do not have power purchase agreements (PPAs).
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued directions to thermal power plants to ensure compliance with its revised implementation plan for installation of flue gas de-sulphurisation (FGD) and other emission control equipment, Parliament was informed on Thursday.
Almost a third of the distressed power plants unable to repay loans totalling crores of rupees are in Chhattisgarh, show data from the Power Ministry.
The power ministry has asked the coal ministry to issue directions to Coal India Ltd to start coal supply to the winners of coal contracts auctions without waiting for approval from the power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).
The power ministry today informed projects worth Rs 69,475 crore have been sanctioned so far under two flagship schemes aimed at rural and urban electrification in the country and the government’s programme is on track to implement universal household electrification in India by March 2019.