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India May Delay Coal Plant Closures in Blow to Climate Action

Nation’s coal power fleet could grow to 250 gigawatts by 2030 under proposals that suggest curbing less capacity than planned. 

A stack of coal at a coal wholesale market in Mumbai, India.

A stack of coal at a coal wholesale market in Mumbai, India.

Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

India’s government is studying a slower retirement of aging coal-fired power plants as it also adds newer sites, a move that would keep fossil fuel capacity higher for years and potentially stall efforts to hit climate goals. 

Officials are considering a proposal to shutter less than 5 gigawatts of existing capacity by the end of the decade as the nation grapples with surging electricity demand and a global energy shortage, according to people familiar with the matter. That compares with plans drawn up in 2020 that proposed shuttering about 25 gigawatts by the same date.