IEEFA India Podcast: Government-owned funders are leading backers of non-performing assets in the power sector

Over the years, the government-owned Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and the Rural Electric Corporation (REC) have been lending extensively to coal-fired power projects. In fact, over half of their total loan book is exposed to thermal power.

Yet thermal power in India has become a less secure investment, as the two corporations have found.

And now they are carrying an extensive burden of non-performing assets on their balance sheets, amounting to roughly US$6.8 billion dollars as of December 2019.

In a new IEEFA podcast, Kashish Shah, research analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), talks about why the corporations need to stop funding thermal power.

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