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No coal-power plant in India by 2050? Possible, only if it can put its renewables plan in place.

The country is facing a glut in power-generation capacity, with plants either underutilised or lying idle, especially in coal-based power. Moreover, foreign investors are willing to finance only green projects, and the government also has set a massive target for renewables. Does this signal the end of capacity addition in coal-based generation?
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Hot coal being cooled at a stockyard of a coal-fired thermal power plant near Ahmedabad in October 2016 Getty Images
Hot coal being cooled at a stockyard of a coal-fired thermal power plant near Ahmedabad in October 2016
Tata Power chief executive officer and managing director Praveer Sinha says he expects India to be a no-coal power plant country by 2050 and his company will not set up any new thermal plant in future. Going forward, his Delhi distribution arms will tie up only with renewable power for supply. Similarly, sources say the country’s largest power firm,
policy and financiers’ support. In the absence of viable storage options, renewable power plants are considered unreliable. Solar and wind power projects operate at up to 25% of their capacity. However, despite non-cooperation from states, the projects are viewed as the future of Indian power sector and an end point of greenfield thermal projects. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)
Tata Power chief executive officer and managing director Praveer Sinha says he expects India to be a no-coal power plant country by 2050 and his company will not set up any new thermal plant in future. Going forward, his Delhi distribution arms will tie up only with renewable power for supply. Similarly, sources say the country’s largest power firm, policy and financiers’ support. In the absence of viable storage options, renewable power plants are considered unreliable. Solar and wind power projects operate at up to 25% of their capacity. However, despite non-cooperation from states, the projects are viewed as the future of Indian power sector and an end point of greenfield thermal projects. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)

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