• The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has issued show cause notices to 14 coal-based power plants in six states asking them to respond why these plants should not be closed down and environmental compensation be imposed for their failure to reduce emissions. Total installed capacity of these 14 thermal power plants is approximately 15,000 MW. Nine such polluting plants are located roughly within 300 km radius of Delhi.
  • Coal India Ltd is keen to tap non-power consumers to feed its incremental production post the monsoon period. It is also offering some relaxation in payments and evacuation to encourage better lifting of coal, an official has said.
  • The miner is looking to ramp up production to meet its targets for the current fiscal at a time when the economic slowdown is impacting demand for the dry fuel by power plants.
  • Minister of new and renewable energy, R K Singh, said about 7,592 megawatt (MW) renewable energy capacity has been commissioned in the year 2019-20, up to December 2019.
  • “Another 34,160 MW RE capacity is under various stages of implementation. It is expected that renewable energy capacity addition in the year 2019-20 will exceed the capacity addition achieved in the year 2018-19, which was 8,532 MW,” he said.
  • About the issues of clean air and sustainability, Solar power, Thermal power, Clean air and Electric vehicles were four things of interest in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget. The announcements were, however, incremental in nature, rather than path-breaking.

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  • Stressed power assets, which were planning to bid for coal under the new SHAKTI auction, have now complained against the national miner for offering a lower coal volume than the demand. The power industry has alleged that Coal India has done so to jack up the price of coal in the auction by more than 100 per cent over the notified price.
  • The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) will start with 5 lakh tonnes of coal production from its Naini block in Odisha from March 2021. A decision to this effect was taken at the Area General Managers meeting headed by SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar at Singareni Bhavan. The meeting discussed steps to be taken to speed up several works in two of the allocated mines Naini and New Patrapada in Odisha and set up deadlines for each activity.