Power plants to get more time for green upgrade

The government looks set to extend the December 2017 deadline for coal-fired power stations to meet stricter emission norms, allowing time for them to consider replacing retro plants with modern units that release much less particulate and gaseous pollutants into air.

According to power minister Piyush Goyal, the environment ministry is on board to consider an extension of the deadline that was set in 2015.

“I don’t want that we import equipment (to meet deadline for meeting emission norms). We realised after discussions that it would put more burden on the consumer and they will have to pay more for electricity,” Goyal said on the sidelines of a function to mark the day in 1982 when the country’s largest generation utility NTPC switched on its first unit at Sigrauli in UP.

“We took up the issue with Environment Ministry. They agreed with us that deadline should be extended so that old polluting plants can be replaced with supercritical super-efficient plants. This will reduce the pollution to just 10% of the existing levels of (emission by) these old plants,” Goyal said.

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