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Thermal plants can’t meet pollution deadline – CSE Report

Power News - Published on Tue, 10 Jul 2018

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Economic Times reported that Delhi’s fight against severe air pollution may slow down because the thermal power plants one of the largest source of sulphur dioxide and particulate matter pollution in NCR are not prepared to meet the pollution norms by the stipulated deadline of December 2019.

A study by the Centre for Science and Environment released found that most thermal plants will not be able to meet this deadline. Another survey carried out by them along with the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority in terms of brick kilns in NCR found that though a number of such kilns had agreed to shift to cleaner ‘zig-zag’ technology, poor conversion quality is threatening to throw the gains off-gear.

Delhi and NCR region has an installed coal power plant capacity of around 13 GW, about 39% of the installed capacity is government owned. CSE researchers met personnel from power companies, state electricity regulatory commissions and state pollution control boards to identify the steps being taken for meeting the 2019 compliance deadline issued by the Central Pollution Control Board. But found most are unprepared.

The CSE report stated that “Given the current status, about 8.5 GW, or about 65% of the overall installed capacity is on track to meet the PM norms. Of this, 7 GW is supposed to be compliant already, but there is no data to verify this; another 1.5 GW will comply by December 2019. The rest won’t.”

As per data received by CSE from Pollution Control Boards, none of the plants in Delhi NCR region are presently compliant with the SO2 standard of the new norms. Priyavrat Bhati, programme director, energy unit, CSE said that “As things stand, 80 per cent of the plants will not meet the 2019 deadline. The concerned regulatory authorities must take immediate steps to prevent further delay in achieving the target.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 10 Jul 2018
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