The central government has allowed Bihar to reduce the technical minimum limit of thermal power plants from existing 55 per cent to 40 per cent in the next two-three years.
Technical minimum limit is minimum load on which a power plant can generate electricity without affecting the operating parameters. At present, Bihar has about 71 per cent generation from thermal power plants, leaving little share for renewable energy purchase. The decision will help the state replace the costlier thermal electricity with cheaper renewable energy. Additionally, the move will help conserve coal and reduce carbon emission to achieve clean climate goal.