Next time the thermal power plants in Udupi and Ballari stop production owing to technical problems, Bengaluru may not have to face power cuts. ItÂ´ll be in a more comfortable position once production begins in 2018 at the 350-MW gas-based power plant coming up in Yelahanka.
A staggering 90 per cent of coal-based thermal power plants in India fare unsatisfactorily on the environmental front. While state-owned power generation companies are among the worst performers, plants owned by private firms have performed better on environmental and energy parameters.
Thermal power plants in the country operated at an average peak load factor (PLF) of 69.95 percent, which is a nine-year low in 2012-13 owing to insufficient availability of coal. Given the stagnation in the production of coal and natural gas, industry observers raise doubt as to how
the raw material needs of our future power projects would be met. In 2013-14, India's power generation capacity is expe
A strong domestic coal production and delivery system is important to achieve energy sufficiency and long-term energy security. Also, an independent coal regulator is required to create confidence of private investors, writes A Shivkamal.India is the seventh largest country in the world with a total land area of over 3,287,260 sq km and with a growing population of 1.22 billion that has put severe strain on the Indian infrastructure.