The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) in its latest report has shown how by facilitating electricity transmission routes, the Indian Railways could fast-track the energy transition. The report, Indian Railways at the Junction, suggests that transporting coal to generators is less efficient and increasingly less competitive than moving actual electricity via cables.
Indian Railways should recognize the utility of placing High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) lines underground at suitable places on its way.
The author of the report, Charles Worringham, said, “With its in-house solar project plans, Indian Railways is on track to becoming a major renewable energy generator. And it could further support India’s energy transition by evaluating options for HVDC transmission, which could reduce encroachment on forests and farmland, as well as planning delays”.