India to replace coal fired power plants with renewables: R K Singh

NEW DELHI: India is planning to replace retiring coal-fired power plants with renewable generating capacity in a bid to cut the nation's carbon footprint, power minister R. K. Singh said on Tuesday. India is the world's second largest coal consumer after China, and the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Coal-fired plants currently account for over half its nearly 373 gigawatt (GW) power generating capacity. "Many of those plants are getting retired," Singh said at an industry event. "Some plants are already retired, and about 29 more plants are going to retire, and all that space will be occupied by renewable energy."

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