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Appetite for coal is roaring back in Asia, which makes up three-fourths of global consumption & is expected to continue growing after Covid disruption.
Nuclear & hydropower made up 27% of India’s total generation, up from 22%, and coal shrank to 65% from 71%, as of 15 April.
The CBI alleged that during the tendering process in 2010, NCCF officials favoured the Adani Group even though it had not given any trading margin.
Foreign companies may not rush to bid in auctions as state clearances take time & costs will have to be lowered to compete with Coal India.
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With the index, the govt will be able to benchmark coal price, cost of production and efficiency of operations, Coal India said.
Coal-fired power has long failed in terms of health & climate impacts, but now its raw economics are collapsing too. Even the govt can’t keep it going for long.
India plans to meet its coal demand by increasing domestic production and from a jump in renewables output over the next 5 years.
Adani says Australia’s Carmichael coal mine is viable for his group and renewable energy is good but can’t meet India’s power needs.