148 coal-fired plants identified for life extension up to 2030
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Amid India's surging power demand, environmental consciousness, and renewable energy integration, prolonging the lifespan of ageing thermal power plants emerges as a cost-efficient remedy. To optimise resource usage and amplify electricity generation, the government pinpoints 148 coal-fired and 241 hydro units, totalling over 50,300 MW, for extension until 2030. As India targets 500,000 MW non-fossil fuel capacity by 2030, prominently from solar and wind sources, thermal power's role in grid equilibrium gains prominence. Renewing hydro projects hinges on power potential analysis, electromechanical considerations, civil and E&M costs and construction interest rates.