A power producers body has requested the government to include electricity generated from gas-based plants in its proposed scheme for round-the-clock power from renewable energy (RE) projects complemented with thermal power. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed a draft policy for the supply of round-the-clock (RTC) power to distributors through a mix of renewable energy and electricity generated in coal-based plants.
A global goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will not be met without a huge acceleration in clean energy innovation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. In a special report, the IEA analysed more than 400 clean energy technologies and said that although renewable technologies in use now can deliver a large amount of emissions reductions, they are not enough on their own.
Coal India Ltd reported a 12.8% fall in production in June, reflecting the third straight month of decline in output as national coronavirus lockdowns cut demand for the fuel. Coal output fell to 39.20 million tonnes in June, compared with 44.95 million tonnes in the same period of the previous year.
The eight core industries’ output contracted 23.4% in May, weighed in largely by the lockdown. Except fertilisers, which grew 7.5%, all the other seven core industries saw contraction. In the same month last year, core industries’ output grew 3.8% on a year-on-year basis.
India’s Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi told India’s private companies could start developing coal mines with an annual capacity of 15 million tonnes by the end of March. India’s consumption of coal fell 3.3% to 958 million tonnes in the year ended March 2020, and is expected to fall further this fiscal year due to the coronavirus, he added.