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India expects coal capacity to swell by a fifth in three years

August 6, 2019

By Paul Homewood



From Energy Live News:



India expects coal-fired power capacity to grow by 22% in three years.

That’s according to the Chief Engineer at the country’s Federal Power Ministry, Ghanshyam Prasad, who Reuters reported as stating coal capacity is likely to reach 238GW by 2022.

India’s Coal Minister, Pralhad Joshi previously said annual coal demand rose by 9.1% during the year ending March 2019, noting the figure hit 991.35 million tonnes, driven primarily by utilities, which accounted for three-quarters of total demand.

The anticipated growth is likely to affect efforts to cut emissions and could risk worsening already poor air quality.

India’s electricity demand rose by 36% in the seven years up to April 2019, while coal-fired generation capacity during the period rose by three-quarters to 194.44GW.

Pralhad Joshi said despite the growth rate in thermal capacity outpacing electricity consumption in the last few years, more coal-fired plants will still be needed in the future to meet growth.

He added: “If we have to meet demand and address the intermittencies we have with solar and wind, we have no choice but to keep depending on coal-based generation in the near future.”

  1. spetzer86 permalink
    August 6, 2019 4:23 pm

    Wonder how many additional call centers that equates to?

  2. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 6, 2019 5:42 pm

    I doubt intermittents worry India too much at present. Renewables provided 121.5TWh (60.3TWh wind, 30.7TWh solar, 30.5TWh Biomass or geothermal) out of 1561.1TWh in 2018 according to BP’s World Energy Report. Coal provided 1176.3TWh, or 75.3%.

  3. C Lynch permalink
    August 6, 2019 6:16 pm

    I know this is off topic but there is saturation coverage on “record Greenland ice melt” and “record high temperatures” in Greenland all over the MSM at present. My alarmist friends believe it unquestioningly – please give me access to some facts to hit back at them.

  4. Bertie permalink
    August 6, 2019 6:19 pm

    Good for them. We, on here, should not be pillorying them for a robust attitude in the face of all the nonsense.

    • Gamecock permalink
      August 7, 2019 2:30 am

      Same thing I thought of. “Good for them.” Greater electrification will be a boon for their people.

      Imagine that: working for people, not the planet.

  5. August 6, 2019 6:53 pm

    Someone send a memo to our rather naive leaders…

  6. Coeur de Lion permalink
    August 6, 2019 7:20 pm

    If I was a member of Extinction Rebellion I’d be out there quick to stop it. Oh, Indian police with lathis- erm, perhaps not, softer option in London where we are treated with respect.

  7. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 6, 2019 8:54 pm

    Send the cry babies to India and China, they might get some sense knocked into them.

    • August 7, 2019 7:49 am

      Thank you for the link. If gov’t transport advisers are glueing themselves to Waterloo Bridge… what hope is there? It would be interesting to know just what his advice has consisted of, and how much of it has been adopted. Clearly he is far more radical in his views on transport than 99% of the people of this country. Let’s hope his advice is roundly ignored from now onwards – or better yet, not solicited.

  8. Adam Gallon permalink
    August 6, 2019 9:51 pm

    Pity I’m blocked from posting on the “Climate Reality” Facebook page. I’d drop this straight in there. They’re always on about how India & China are going “Green” with solar & wind.

  9. It doesn't add up... permalink
    August 7, 2019 12:19 am

    A Silly Jilly special at the Grauniad:

    The analysts expect that by 2024, annual home battery installations across Europe could total more than 500MW, the equivalent of building a new gas-fired power plant every year.

    The article appears not to offer a comment opportunity…

  10. John F. Hultquist permalink
    August 7, 2019 4:00 am

    Related comment in the WSJ, by Mark P. Mills
    “If you want ‘renewable energy,’ Get ready to dig.” [ p. A17, August 6, Tues]

    Seems this might be the take-away from a report out of the Manhattan Institute.

  11. steve permalink
    August 7, 2019 7:39 am

    The Indians could always point out that MacKay’s SEWTHRA proposed 40GW of clean coal in three of his five theoretical plan for zero carbon. Presumably, he chose coal over gas because the energy for carbon capture would be less expensive and reserves would be much greater. It is strange that our Climate Change Committee has proposed the opposite of the plan that he agreed with ie plan E.A summary is here-

  12. August 7, 2019 9:48 am

    Nothing India or anywhere else does is going to alter the gravitational compression of the atmosphere. To obsess about a trace gas like CO2 is to completely miss the point.

    • Adam Gallon permalink
      August 8, 2019 8:27 am

      Got your perpetual motion machine running again?

  13. saparonia permalink
    August 12, 2019 3:04 pm

    The most sensible thing now is to make the mines safe again and get some miners down there before we have lost the generation that are capable of coal-mining.

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