• The country’s coal import dropped by 29.1% to 18.65 million tonnes in April due to the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus infection as against 26.34 million tonnes (MT) of coal in April 2019, according to mjunction services The government had recently asked power generating companies to reduce coal import for blending purpose and replace it with domestic coal.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, has extended the date for submission of Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for evaluation of Component A and C of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme. The new deadline for submission of EoIs is 20 May, 2020. The earlier deadline was May 8, 2020.
  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari said that his ministry has firmed up plans to execute Rs 15 trillion worth of national highway projects within the next two years. He said the ministry is working on the vehicle scrapping policy, and is likely to announced it soon.
  • India’s coal production is unlikely to be scaled down as the demand far outstrips the local supply available, global consultancy firm EY said. It further said that the buffer inventories of coal will be consumed once the downstream plants start running at full capacity after the lockdown is lifted.
  • India ranks at the fifth position among the countries of the world when it comes to the size of its energy economy, measured by the combined revenue of energy companies. The country also ranks 3rd on renewable energy investment and future plans, according to a new study by British Business Energy.
  • India has taken major strides towards reducing energy intensity of the economy, bringing it down by 20% from 2005 levels, Power Minister R.K. Singh said.