India gives coal-fired power plants a stay of execution until 2030.

The energy-starved country announced last May that it planned to cut power generation fromat least 81 coal plants over the next four years, but the proposal did not include closing any of its 179 coal plants. 

India has not set a formal timetable for phasing out coal. 

Singapore: India has asked that utilities be phased out.acoal-fired power plants by 2030 due to rising electricity demand, according to a federal  ministry announcement was seen by Reuters just over two years after com finally step to reduce fuel consumption. 

The energy-starved nation told last May that it plans to cut power generation at least at 81 coal plants over the next four years, but a typical timetable has not yet been set. 

All electricity companies are advised not to remove thermal blocks until 2030 and to ensure the availability of blocks after repair and, if necessary, modernization,” says Sähkökeskus (CEA).

The CEA sent to officials at the Federal Ministry of Energy, acting as an advisor to the Ministry, referred to December, the federal power minister urged ageing thermal power plants not to set a proper timeline for retirement, and instead of extending the life of such units, considering expected demand scenarios.”

The federal Department of Energy did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. 

India, the world’s second-largest consumer, producer, and importer of coal, fell short of its 2022 target to increase renewable energy. Coal accounts for nearly three-quarters of annual electricity generation. Electricity demand in India has increased in recent months due to extreme weather conditions, increased household or electricity use as more companies allow employees to work from home, and an increase in industrial activity due to the relaxation of restrictions related to the coronavirus after met peak capacity demand—a measure of the maximum power delivered during the day — to a record 210.6 GW on January 18, a 1.7% increase from the previous day previous peak of 207.1 GW at the height of the recent intense heat wave In April, caused India’s worst power crisis in six and a half years. Peak demand is already up 5% this year. If it increases by 34%We could be looking at another crisis.

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