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Delhi to get coal block by September-October, says Satyendra Jain

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said the central government would provide the city government a coal block by September-October.

“We will get our coal block by September-October this year either in Jharkhand or Odisha,” he said at an event organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

Emphasising on the need to reduce electricity tariff in Delhi, the minister said his ministry has sought the support of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) in this regard.

Jain said there was no need to set up more power plants but to utilise full capacity of the existing ones.

He said power plants in India have a capacity of 2,70,000 MW but were producing only a half of their capacity.

“Bawana power plant in Delhi is more of a monument with a capacity of 1,200 MW but is producing only up to 200 MW due to non-availability of gas,” he added.

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Coal-Fired Power to Remain Main Source of Energy for Next Decade Despite Renewable Push

Accordingly, the total coal requirement would increase from 698 MT for 2019-20 to 877 MT during 2026-27

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The capacity of coal based generation would increase from the current about 195 gigawatt (GW) to 238 GW by March, 2027. Pixabay

Even as the government continues its push for renewables, coal-fired power is expected to remain the main source of energy for the next decade or so, Power and New and Renewable Energy Minister R.K. Singh said on Tuesday.

The capacity of coal based generation would increase from the current about 195 gigawatt (GW) to 238 GW by March, 2027.

“Accordingly, the total coal requirement would increase from 698 MT for 2019-20 to 877 MT during 2026-27,” Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

As there is a already shortage in coal supply, the government needs to raise production to meet the needs of thermal power plants.

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Even as the government continues its push for renewables, coal-fired power is expected to remain the main source of energy for the next decade or so. Pixabay

“Besides meeting the present deficit in coal supply to power sector, Coal India Limited (CIL) may enhance its production to meet the growing requirement of the power sector,” the Minister said.

As per the National Electricity Plan (2018), the share of electricity generated from coal-based power plants is likely to be 64 per cent at the end of 2021-22. Its share is projected to further come down to 58 per cent by 2026-27 from the current level of 72 per cent.

“The reduction of share of coal-based generation in the total generation over the period would be mainly due to addition of renewable energy,” the Power Minister said.

The government has taken a slew of measures to expand installed capacity through renewable energy sources. They include waiver of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar and wind power for projects to be commissioned up to March 2022.

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Foreign direct investment (FDI) up to 100 per cent under the automatic route has also been allowed. The Centre has set a target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by March, 2022. (IANS)