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India Planning Big Increase In Coal Power

March 5, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




India is planning a massive increase in clean coal power capacity, as it struggles to meet growing demand for power.

Clean coal, which is designed to reduce emissions of sulphur, nitrogen and mercury, is still in the nascent stage in India. Last year, according to PEI, coal accounted for 160 GW of capacity, so an extra 103 GW over the next decade would increase this by 64%.


PEI report:


GlobalData’s senior power analyst Sowmyavadhana Srinivasan said India’s electricity demand was being driven by its increasing population and industrialization, improved standard of living, and strong economic growth.

Srinivasan added: “Between 2013 and 2014, India experienced a deficit of 4.5 per cent in terms of the electricity supply available to fulfil peak demand.

“The country is not fully electrified and is subject to a large number of power cuts and power reliability uncertainties. In order to resolve this, India urgently requires many new installations, with coal a significant contributor.”

According to GlobalData, coal was the leading source of power generation in India last year, with 160 GW, accounting for 59 per cent of installed capacity, and this is expected to almost double by 2025.


Latest figures, available for 2012 from the EIA, show that fossil fuels accounted for 82% of electricity generation, with wind/solar contributing less than 3%.

  1. KTM permalink
    March 5, 2015 4:35 pm

    20 years ago “clean coal” was all the rage. Utah and other nearby areas are the Saudi Arabia of clean coal, but it was all locked up by the Clinton administration, angering pretty much everyone in the area including environmentalists. Back then people were concerned about actual pollution, not CO2.

    Rather than develop our own natural resources, the US decided to import hundreds of millions of tons of “clean coal” from indonesia.

  2. AndyG55 permalink
    March 5, 2015 6:49 pm

    Go for it India. Keep that purely beneficial CO2 pumping 🙂

    Down here in Newcastle, Australia, they are working on an extra coal loader and improving the rail infrastructure. So if India needs coal, we should be able to do our bit.

    Now , how can we help the African nations build themselves out of third world status.?

    • March 5, 2015 7:35 pm


    • March 6, 2015 8:48 am

      Nuclear power stations. Cheap plentiful energy. Why do you think the USA has a problem with smaller nations developing nuclear power? Because cheap energy, will make them less dependent, and there fore less easy to control.

      • AndyG55 permalink
        March 6, 2015 9:47 pm

        The only draw-back to Nuclear, is that it doesn’t help replenish atmospheric CO2.

        We should be preferring coal where-ever possible, to help boost the Earth’s biosphere.

    • March 7, 2015 1:00 am

      That is extremely difficult! We can encourage skillful kids everywhere to be more skillful. Al else is now regulated!

  3. Bloke down the pub permalink
    March 5, 2015 7:47 pm

    Who knows what the world’s largest democracy will be able to achieve once it can provide cheap reliable energy to it’s people?

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