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India May Close Its Dirtiest Coal Plants as Green Focus Grows

  • Policy makers consider capping maximum allowed ‘heat rate’
  • Coal industry under pressure from climate, pollution concerns

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India is considering a proposal that may force some of its dirtiest coal plants to close, as policy makers in one of the world’s top polluters increasingly focus on climate change.

The plan under consideration by the power ministry would cap plants’ so-called heat rate, which is a measure of how much coal energy is needed to produce each unit of electricity, according to people with knowledge of the issue.