The Indian Energy Ministry has cancelled plans for four coal-fired power plants across four states to reduce the country’s carbon emission and focus on renewable energy.
The four ultra mega power plants (UMPP) have a total generation capacity of 16GW and were initially planned to be built in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh.
The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis’ (IEEFA) energy finance studies director Tim Buckley said: "This is yet another major policy shift underscoring how seriously India is working to transform, modernise, and diversify its electricity sector away from coal."
Over the last eight years, the plants have remained in the planning, preparation, and land-acquisition stage.
The decision to cancel the UMPPs is based on community resistance to compulsory land acquisition, along with forced resettlement and electricity power surpluses.
The cancellation further complements Indian Energy Minister Piyush Goyal’s aim to stop the import of thermal coal into the country, as two of the four plants were planned to be run on imported coal.
For the 2016-17 period, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) aims to add a capacity of 16,660MW for the clean power sector. Targets for the solar industry are 12GW, 4GW for the wind industry, 400MW for biomass, 250MW for small scale hydro-electricity, and 10MW for waste-to-power.
Image: India cancels plan to build four coal-fired power plants. Photo: courtesy of meepoohfoto/Freedigitalphotos.