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Power plants asked to mix imported coal with local grade

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Power plants have been asked to speed up coal imports to meet rising demand

The government on Tuesday allowed power producers to expedite import of coal with domestic grades to use up to 10 per cent blending with domestic grades to meet the increased demand for power, which is already Higher global prices could push up.

Asia’s third-largest economy is facing massive power cuts as many power plants run short of coal reserves amid a sharp jump in global energy prices.

Yet power plants that use local coal import less.

The note said the supply from state-run Coal India Limited (CIL) is not commensurate with the increase in power consumption, leading to a change in the government’s policy on coal imports.

India’s electricity demand is on the rise with the revival of the economy after the lifting of the COVID 19-induced restrictions.

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