Shutting down old TPPs can save Rs 377.5 billion

According to a study by Council of Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), decommissioning of coal-based thermal power plants (TPPs) which are older than 25 years could lead to a total savings of Rs 377.5 billion.

The study recommends 30 GW of India’s coal-based capacity for accelerated decommissioning. Another study by the CEEW suggested that discoms in India could observe annual savings of up to Rs 90 billion by prioritising coal power despatch based on efficiency rather than variable costs. It could improve coal fleet efficiency by 1.9 per cent resulting in coal savings of about 42 million tonnes annually. These findings are based on the performance of 194 GW of Indian coal assets during the 30 months preceding the Covid-19 pandemic.

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