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India committee recommends halt to new coal-based power capacity

The Economic Times:

India is considering a proposal to halt new coal-based power units as the country works out a plan to meet commitments made at COP26.

An expert committee tasked by the Union power ministry to update the National Electricity Policy (NEP) has recommended that no new coal-based capacity be considered, said people with knowledge of the matter. Replacement of old coal-based units should only be taken up when it is “convincingly established that it is not viable to meet the projected demand from alternate non-fossil fuel sources”, according to its suggestions, said one of the people aware of the details.

At the UN climate change summit COP26 in Glasgow last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India’s aim to achieve net-zero emissions by 2070 and also pledged to attain 500 GW of installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030.

The expert committee’s recommendation is a marked shift from the power ministry’s earlier stance that the country may add more capacity through fossil-fuel sources as they continue to be a cheap source of electricity.

[Sarita Singh and Urmi Goswami]

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