Low coal stock at several generation units is a problem of their own making as they ignored warnings against reducing offtake from Coal India Ltd (CIL) during periods of subdued power demand.
Over 9,000 megawatt (mw) of thermal power plants are shut due to non-availability of coal while almost 3,500 mw of thermal power projects are idle for the want of gas, taking the total total capacity out of the grid because of lack of fuel at 12 gigawatt (gw).
Thermal power generation in January-March this year increased 5.2%, better than the 3% increase in the year-ago quarter. But earnings of leading companies in the sector proved to be a dampener.
Electricity generating firms would now be able to sell power without binding pacts, as the Union government on Monday allowed procurement of power for three years under medium term from generators with commissioned projects but without Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Coal-based thermal power plants’ tariff will rise in coming days because the government has decided to allow pass-through of cost incurred by them for meeting environment norms notified by the environment ministry in December 2015.
The implementation of new emission standards for thermal power plants can avoid 124,000 premature deaths every year in India, says a new report suggesting 13 measures to drop pollution levels by 40 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stone for the 2400 MW first phase of state-run power giant NTPC’s Patratu Super Thermal Power Project in Jharkhand.
The Kerala State Electricity Board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Thermal Power Corporation for increasing solar power generation in the state.
State vice-president of Congress and deputy leader in the state Assembly, MLA Vijay Wadettiwar, has strongly opposed the government’s decision to allocate water from Gosikhurd dam to two thermal power stations coming up in Umred tehsil in Nagpur district.
The law of unintended consequences is taking its toll on the thermal power sector. A report by a government committee on the optimal energy mix in power generation says the thermal power sector may continue to bear the brunt of the thrust on renewable energy.