The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has demanded the national electricity policy be reviewed to maintain a balance between renewable energy and thermal energy and has urged R K Singh Union Power Minister to discuss the matter with the power engineers.
The over dependence on the private sector to achieve a target of adding 175000 renewable power and curtailment of the addition of any thermal energy is neither good for the power sector nor for the country. A major shift to renewable energy is likely to render part of coal based thermal plants idle as per new electricity policy.
As per recently released power ministry’s report “greening the grid” the plant load factors of coal based thermal plants will drop from 63 per cent to 50 per cent with more than 19,000 MW of capacity that will never start, and 65,000 MW of capacity. The study has revealed that even if there is no additional renewable power added to the grid, about 10,000 MW capacities of existing thermal stations will not run even for a single day in 2022. The investments in these plants being sunk, it is no longer possible to recover any returns from them although their useful life is still not over. Read More…
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