The power ministry's proposal to supply coal from Coal India's mines to nine private power projects could mean they could get the fuel at Rs 1,500 a tonne, instead of the open market price of Rs 4,000 per tonne, according to report.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal Wednesday warned if uninterrupted supply of coal was not ensured for the state, it could lead to a food crisis as paddy plantation will be severely affected.
The US will cut carbon emission from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the world`s largest economy, by 30 % by 2030, an ambitious target that marks the first-ever attempt at limiting such pollution.
In what can be seen as a relaxation in its ban on mining in `no-go` areas, the Environment Ministry on Wednesday cleared six coal blocks, including five in such areas, for three major power plants in Orissa.
Electricity-starved Bihar is setting up five thermal power plants of 7,000 MW capacity and others based on gas and biomass, say officials adding the sector has attracted private investment worth hundreds of crores of rupees.
Bangladesh and India have agreed on an agreement to install two 1320 megawatt coal-fired power plants in this energy-starved country as a joint venture, in line with a deal inked during PM Sheikh Hasina`s New Delhi visit.