Closing of Old Thermal Power Plants : Ministry of Power

Closing of Old Thermal Power Plants : Ministry of Power

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF POWER

RAJYA SABHA 

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.3173
TO BE ANSWERED ON 23.03.2021

CLOSING OF OLD THERMAL POWER PLANTS 

3173 SHRI T.G. VENKATESH:

Will the Minister of POWER be pleased to state:

(a) whether Government has taken a decision to close down the old thermal power plants which are about 20 years old due to their high maintenance cost;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) the number of power plants identified for closing down in the State of Andhra Pradesh; and

(d) the impact of such closed plants on power generation and the steps being taken to overcome?

Old Thermal Power Plants
ANSWER

THE MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR POWER, NEW & RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

(SHRI R.K. SINGH)

(a)& (b): As per section 7 of Electricity Act, 2003, setting up of a power plant is a de- licensed activity. Utilities take their own decision to retire/shut down their units based on techno- economic and commercial considerations including high maintenance cost and meeting emission norms. Regarding old thermal plants which are not able to meet new emission norms notified by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) within a stipulated timeline, appropriate action would be taken against them by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) as per Environment Protection Act, 1986, including closing down these plants.

(c): Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has informed that 6 units of 210 MW each of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Limited (APPGCL) in the State of Andhra Pradesh which are above 20 years of age, have not submitted any plan for installation of Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) and may have to close down due to non-compliance of emission norms.

(d): The National Electricity Plan (NEP) has already factored in the likely retirement of coal based plants up to 2027 and capacity addition on account of renewable energy and conventional sources which will be more than sufficient to meet the power requirement of the country.

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