The Indian government has requested that power producing companies across the country delay the retirement of coal-fired power plants until 2030 so that the country may continue to meet its demand for electricity. After analyzing a notice from the government’s energy ministry, the news agency Reuters reported the statement after it was made. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), which acts as an advisor to the ministry, issued the following statement in its capacity as such: “It is advised to all power utilities not to retire any thermal (power generation) units till 2030 and ensure availability of units after carrying out renovation and modernization activities if required.”
According to Reuters, the government has not established a time period for shutting down coal-fired power facilities; however, it did announce the previous year that it will lower the amount of electricity produced by at least 81 coal-fired power plants over the course of the following four years. Despite this, the proposal put out by the government did not include any language on the shutting down of any of India’s 179 coal-fired power facilities that are already in operation. Reuters emailed the Union Power Ministry for comment, but it did not receive an immediate response from the ministry.
The majority of India’s yearly energy production is accomplished through the use of coal, which makes India the second largest importer of coal in the world. In recent weeks, there has been an uptick in the nation’s need for electricity, particularly when limitations on the use of Covid-19 in manufacturing plants were lifted. There has also been a rise in the amount of power that homes require. The Indian government revealed its intentions to increase the number of nuclear power plants that are currently in operation just one month ago. Jitendra Singh, who is the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, stated that the government had, in principle, approved five new areas for the development of nuclear facilities. In addition, the government has granted administrative and financial authorisation for the construction of ten pressurized heavy water reactors (PHWRs) with locally designed components in fleet mode. It is now in the process of building 11 reactors, which, when completed, will have a total capacity of 8.7GW.