There are over 400 thermal power plants across the country has complied with new emission norms notified more than a year ago, the Government has decided to extend the deadline of the restrictions that are been set as December 2017.
Chief of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) Ravindra Kumar Verma said that “Completely meeting requirements of revised environmental norms by December 2017 may not be feasible,”
It was in December 2015 that the Environment Ministry laid down, for the first time, emission norms for Nitrogen and Sulphur oxides (NOx and SOx) for thermal plants. It also fixed stricter limits for particulate matter (PM) emission and consumption of water.
Power plants are required to invest approximately Rs 2.5 lakh crore amount, calculated at a conservative estimate, for not generating any new capacity but to fulfill the global Cop 21.
As per the provisions of power purchase agreements, such investments can be recovered from consumers using the ‘Change in Law’ provisions’, documents submitted by the power sector to the government showed.
INDIA AIMING EMISSION REDUCTION IN POWER SECTOR
In continuing efforts to safeguard the environment and reduce emissions from power sector, India has made the following commitments in COP 21:
- India intends to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35 % by 2030 from 2005 level.
- To achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030 with the help of transfer of technology and low cost international finance.
- Introducing new, more efficient and cleaner technologies in thermal power generation.
Further, to reduce emissions from Thermal Power Stations, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has also issued new environmental norms in December 2015 regarding Suspended Particulate matter (SPM), SOx, NOx, Mercury. Norms for specific water consumption by Thermal Power Stations have also been notified to conserve water. The present installed capacity of coal based thermal power plants is 1,85,172 MW as on 31.03.2016 and 72,355 MW is under construction which is likely to be affected by the new