Coal reforms begin to pay dividends, cost of power on the decline

Last Modified: Tue Apr 18 2017 18:22:55 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 54%-60%
    Percentage of the price charged by power producers is on account of cost of coal. It is almost always passed on to consumers and hence coal consumption has a bearing on tariffs as well as environmental dividend in terms of emissions.
  • 8%
    The reduction in quantity of coal burnt by power stations than they used to 3 years ago to generate one unit of electricity due to improved quality of domestic coal. The company consumed 155 million tonnes in 2015-16.
  • Rs. 2.00
    Cost of coal per unit of electricity generated by NTPC, one of the largest generators in the country, in the period 2014-15.
  • 33 paise
    increase in cost of coal per unit of electricity generated from 2014-15 to 2016-17. The increase is due to to revisions in coal price, government cess and railway freight.
  • Rs. 1.94
    cost of coal per unit of electricity generated in 2016-17 by NTPC. The cost per unit has declined, from 2014-15 levels, even as there was a hike in costs by 33 paise as mentioned above.
  • 39 paise
    Net reduction in cost of coal per unit as a result of improved quality of domestic coal and efficiency in the supply chain (improved linkages between coal mines and power plants).