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Indian Coal Power Growth May Stall as Dirty Plants Seen Shut

  • Plants that can’t be modernized may need to be shut: CEA head
  • Renewable capacity to overtake coal by 2022: power minister
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India’s coal-fired power capacity may hardly grow over the next decade despite plans to build new plants as older facilities that can’t meet new environmental guidelines face closure.

The nation may need to scrap about 40 gigawatts of thermal capacity that can’t be modernized to meet emission targets, according to Central Electricity Authority Chairman Ravindra Kumar Verma. That’s roughly equivalent to the amount of coal-fired power CEA expects to be installed through 2027, though more may need to be built if more older plants than expected can’t be upgraded.