Cancellation of Coal Plants Underscores India’s Commitment to Domestic Coal and Transition to Renewables

Last Modified: Sat Sep 03 2016 11:08:46 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 4
    Number of coal-fired power plants across four states that the Indian Power Ministry has decided not to go ahead with in keeping with the country's commitment to reduce carbon emissions and focus on renewable energy.
  • 16 GW
    The total generation capacity of the four ultra mega power plants (UMPP) that were initially planned to be built in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh.
  • 2
    of the 4 plants were planned to be run on imported coal and thus further complements Indian Energy Minister Piyush Goyal's aim to stop the import of thermal coal into the country.
  • 8 years
    that these four proposed plants remained in the planning, preparation and land acquisition stage. However, community resistance to compulsory land acquisition and forced resettlement combined with electricity power surpluses seems to have pushed the government to issue a cancellation order.