MoP issues trajectory for replacement of thermal energy with renewable energy by 2025-26

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has identified 81 thermal units which will replace coal with renewable capacity by 2025-26.

This includes generation units of NTPC Limited, and privately owned units of Tata Power, Adani Power Limited, CESC Limited, among others. The MoP has identified coal-based power generation units with high tariffs which will operate at a technical minimum (operating ratio) of 40 per cent and balance generation capacity will be met by a renewable energy source. It has been found that about 58,000 MUs of thermal power generation in the central, state and private sector can be substituted with renewable energy generation. A renewable energy capacity of about 30,000 MW would be required for the purpose. The list is indicative and not exhaustive. Any other power plant is also allowed to blend renewable energy with conventional power. The implementation of the scheme is estimated to conserve 34.7 million tonne (mt) of coal and reduce carbon emissions by 60.2 mt. The move is in line with India’s commitments at the recent COP26 where the country committed to add 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030 and also aims to be a net carbon zero economy by 2070.

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