Increased fuel supplies and reduced power demand during winter have reduced the number of thermal power plants with critical coal stocks to zero, a position that was last attained four years ago.
With $100 billion of existing and proposed thermal power plants in financial distress and low cost but variable renewable energy capacity best able to meet targets, India has an opportune moment to transform its electricity sector
A total 200 potential sites have been identified for setting up as many large thermal power plants of total 428.9 GW capacity, more than the existing installed capacity of 346.61 GW, according to a study by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
A shortage of coal has affected power production in Raichur thermal power plant (RTPS) while the Bellary and Yeramarus plants have stock for six more days. With the chief minister and chief secretary’s letters to Union power and coal minister Piyush Goyal
Citing acute shortage of coal in thermal power plants in Karnataka, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has urged Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal to ensure adequate supply to the state.
Coal-based thermal power plants are likely to suffer due to the twin issues of lower power demand from distribution companies and coal availability. However, the broad outlook is positive for wind energy, solar power and transmission sectors
Despite having the largest number of critically polluted cities in India, Maharashtra added almost 2.5 GW of coal-fuelled power capacity in 2017, while overall, India commissioned 13 GW of thermal power plants from January 1, 2017 till August 9 this year.
Thermal power plants in the state are not getting adequate supply of coal and could face closure, leading to power shortage, if immediate steps are not taken, a senior GSECL official has said.
Thermal power plants across the country not following the 2015 environmental standards set by the Ministry of Environment for emissions of Sulphur dioxide (SO2), Particulate Matter (PM).
India’s coal demand is expected to grow at about 4% a year up to 2022 as thermal power plants generate more to meet strong demand, analysts say. However, imports are expected to fall, except for coking coal which is projected to rise 5% a year.