A high level inter-ministerial meeting was held to review the progress of biomass co-firing in thermal power plants (TPPs) along with Parali management in national capital region (NCR) and adjoining states.
The meeting was held in the backdrop of the onset of the harvesting season for Kharif crops in the country. It was emphasised that orders for procurement and use of biomass pellets in TPPs must be expedited and at least 5 per cent co-firing is to be ensured. During the review, it was observed that the target of 5 per cent co-firing of biomass along with coal in TPPs in the country was still far off. However, most power plants have issued long term tenders and the situation is expected to improve when the supply will start in those tenders. Direction was given to all TPPs in NCR region to install biomass pellet manufacturing plants (torrefied / non-torrefied) in their premises, including the private power companies. Notably, till 2020-21, only 8 power plants had co-fired biomass pellets, the corresponding number has increased to 39 as on date. In the NCR region, 10 TPPs have started co-firing.