1. About 7% coal utilities may miss emission goals, risk shutdowns: CEA

About 7% coal utilities may miss emission goals, risk shutdowns: CEA

About 7 percent of India's coal-fired power plants may never be able to comply with new environmental norms because they lack the space to install emission-cutting equipment, a state power adviser said, potentially leading to their shutdown.

By: | New Delhi | Published: August 1, 2017 4:48 PM
Coal, CEA, Coal utilities, Coal emission goals, coal power plants, coal power plants India, Indian Economy, Economy, Economy news Earlier the government had said a separate 5.5 GW of inefficient coal-fired power plants would be shut down. (Reuters)

About 7 percent of India’s coal-fired power plants may never be able to comply with new environmental norms because they lack the space to install emission-cutting equipment, a state power adviser said, potentially leading to their shutdown.Coal-fired plants make up 60 percent of India’s 330 gigawatts (GW) of installed power capacity and account for the bulk of industrial emissions of lung-damaging particulate matters and gases such as sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides that cause acid rain.The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has recommended operating the coal plants – representing about 13 GW of power and most of which were built more than 25 years ago – only when power demand peaks, its chairman R.K. Verma said.

The environment ministry will eventually decide if the plants would have to be shut down because of noncompliance, Verma told Reuters.Earlier the government had said a separate 5.5 GW of inefficient coal-fired power plants would be shut down.”Closure of the (13 GW of coal) plants due to non-compliance with new norms would be a big hit on the employees working in these power plants, and the economies related to it,” Verma said.

The CEA has sided with power companies that have asked for an extension of the environment ministry’s December deadline to meet the new emission norms.The inability of the coal plants to comply with the new standards demonstrate the difficulties India faces in cleaning up its air, which is among the most polluted in the world.

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