Indian coal-fired power capacity may grow by 22% by 2022

2 Aug 2019

According to the Federal Ministry of Power of India, India's coal-fired power capacity is expected to increase by more than 22% by 2022, as domestic electricity demand keeps on rising (though at a slower pace in the last four years). Most of the capacity additions should come from state-owned power utilities (owned by the state or federal governments), such as NTPC. NTPC is the largest power generation company in India and has announced plans to raise its coal-fired power capacity from the current 47 GW to 85 GW by 2032.

Since the power sector accounts for more than 75% of the total coal demand, these new coal-fired power capacities should boost coal consumption, which already rose by 9.1% to nearly 1 Gt in the fiscal year 2018-2019 (April 2018-March 2019). They might also neutralise India's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting renewable energy.

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