The government changed its stand on thermal power plants, and work of 28 thousand MW capacity projects will be accelerated
The way the global energy market is in turmoil due to the Russo-Ukraine war, the Indian government has been forced to rethink its policies related to energy security. For the last five years, there was not much enthusiasm for coal-based power projects, but now the idea is changing.
New thermal power project of 25 thousand MW capacity
Not only has it been decided to expedite the work of 25 thousand semi-constructed coal-based projects, but the government is also ready to give a green signal to some new thermal projects of similar capacity. If this happens, the total capacity of thermal power plants will increase by 25 percent. Coal-fired power stations are being promoted not only in India but also in European countries which are by far the most noise saver on carbon emissions.
In France and other countries, closed thermal power houses started
In Germany, France, and other countries, closed thermal power plants have been started after the gas supply from Russia was interrupted. In such a situation, India cannot deny the option of coal in view of its huge energy consumption. This does not mean that the government's 'net zero' policy of eliminating carbon emissions in the country by the year 2070 will be bypassed. Under this policy, by the year 2030, the work of making five lakh MW of electricity in the country through the renewable sector is being taken forward under the prescribed plan.
Total Capacity of Thermal Power Plants 2.04 Lakh MW
Total Capacity of Thermal Power Plants 2.04 Lakh MW Presently, the total capacity of thermal power plants in the country is 2.04 lakh MW, which is 50.3 percent of the total installed power generation capacity in the country. Power Minister RK Singh had told Dainik Jagran in the past that the demand for electricity in India has increased by 25 thousand MW per day as compared to last year. This demand will increase further. There are two reasons for this.
The first reason is that 2.89 houses have been connected with electricity connections. Second, India's economic growth rate is likely to remain very fast. To meet this demand, we will rapidly focus on completing the power projects which are under construction. It has thermal power projects of 28,000 MW capacity while renewable energy projects of 80,000 MW capacity.