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Coal to dominate in India through 2047 says report

Coal-fired plants will continue to supply a significant share of India‘s baseload power through 2047, a new report predicts.

In a recent study titled Energizing India, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and Japan’s Institute of Energy Economics said coal’s share in India’s energy mix would stay between 42 and 50 per cent for the next 30 years, providing baseload power along with nuclear.

The nation’s ambitious renewable energy goals “have been taken into consideration” in the report, the authors noted.

Although India boasts the world’s fourth largest coal reserve, the country will achieve peak domestic coal production in 2037 according to the study, and will then rely increasingly on imports. Under a business-as-usual scenario, coal imports could rise from 17 per cent in 2012 to 65 per cent in 2047.

India is predicted to have 333 coal-fired power plants installed in 2047, up from 125 in 2012, under the business-as-usual scenario. Under an ambitious scenario, that number could rise to 459.

However, in order to meet its climate goals under the Paris Agreement, half of India’s coal power capacity will need to use supercritical technology by 2047 according to the report. In 2015, supercritical plants accounted for 11.5 per cent of all coal-fired capacity.

Coal-fired plants supplied 58 per cent of India’s total power generation in 2015.

Meanwhile, gas-fired power’s share will rise to between 22 and 26 per cent by 2047, the report said, from its present share of around 4 per cent.

The report comes as India’s major coal power producers have requested substantial government money in order to meet new emissions rules.

Firms such as Reliance Power, Adani Power and the National Thermal Power Corporation of India (NTPC), which is state-owned, have reportedly asked the government to extend the deadline for retrofitting their plants to comply with the new standards.

If financial support is not forthcoming, the companies reportedly said substantial tariff hikes would be necessary to pay for the retrofits according to internal documents seen by the Reuters news service.

One such document, a letter from NTPC to the government, said the firm would need around $8bn to upgrade its 28 coal-fired plants across India.

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PacifiCorp Expects to Close Naughton Unit 3 at End of 2017

PacifiCorp affiliate Rocky Mountain Power expects to close Unit 3 of the Naughton coal-fueled plant in Wyoming rather than to convert it to natural gas as was previously planned, the company said March 31.
However, the company will continue to review alternatives for Naughton Unit 3 through its current compliance deadline at the end of 2017, the utility said in connection with filing of an integrated resource plan (IRP) update in the states that it serves.
PacifiCorp had issued a request for proposals (RFP) to evaluate natural gas transmission and related costs for doing a coal-to-gas conversion.
A full IRP is developed every two years and an update is filed in the off years.
PacifiCorp also said it will be putting increased emphasis on energy efficiency. About 87 percent of expected growth in power usage will be met by customers using electricity more efficiently.
To help the company remain prepared to support its states' compliance with potential greenhouse gas regulations, the update addresses the EPA Clean Power Plan. The plan is currently held up by litigation but the company is not a party.
PacifiCorp has indicated that it expects to have 2,800 MW less coal by 2034. PacifiCorp is part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.
This article was republished with permission.
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PacifiCorp affiliate Rocky Mountain Power expects to close Unit 3 of the Naughton coal-fueled plant in Wyoming rather than to convert it to natural gas as was previously planned, the company said March 31.

However, the company will continue to review alternatives for Naughton Unit 3 through its current compliance deadline at the end of 2017, the utility said in connection with filing of an integrated resource plan (IRP) update in the states that it serves.

PacifiCorp had issued a request for proposals (RFP) to evaluate natural gas transmission and related costs for doing a coal-to-gas conversion.

A full IRP is developed every two years and an update is filed in the off years.

PacifiCorp also said it will be putting increased emphasis on energy efficiency. About 87 percent of expected growth in power usage will be met by customers using electricity more efficiently.

To help the company remain prepared to support its states’ compliance with potential greenhouse gas regulations, the update addresses the EPA Clean Power Plan. The plan is currently held up by litigation but the company is not a party.

PacifiCorp has indicated that it expects to have 2,800 MW less coal by 2034. PacifiCorp is part of Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

This article was republished with permission.

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EPA Scrubber Mandate for Tolk Plant

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) said in its Feb. 19 annual Form 10-K report that its Southwestern Public Service (SPS) subsidiary plans to appeal a recent Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the regional haze program that requires the installation of dry scrubbers on its coal-fired Tolk plant.

“In January 2016, the EPA adopted a final rule establishing a FIP for the state of Texas,” said Xcel. “As part of this final rule, the EPA imposed SO2 emission limitations that reflect the installation of dry scrubbers on Tolk Units 1 and 2, with compliance required by February 2021. Investment costs associated with dry scrubbers could be approximately $600 million. SPS plans to appeal the EPA’s decision. SPS believes these costs would be recoverable through regulatory mechanisms if required, and therefore does not expect a material impact on results of operations, financial position or cash flows.”

In its Jan. 5 FIP, EPA responded to various complaints. For example, Xcel Energy tried to argue that any scrubbing at Tolk is impractical because of scarce local water supplies. “We conclude that Xcel’s asserted water requirements for dry scrubbing are much higher than other similar dry scrubbing installations, and the basis for the disparity is unsupported,” said EPA. “As confirmed by our communications with the High Plains Water District and Xcel, we also conclude that Xcel has multiple lines of access to adequate supplies of water sufficient to supply the proposed dry scrubbers (SDA) without the need to buy additional water rights.”

Xcel also alleged that EPA’s cost analysis failed to consider that the proposed dry scrubbers would: end Tolk’s sales of its fly ash or require the installation of additional baghouse capacity; and require additional landfill capacity. Xcel also alleged that EPA did not adequately consider dry sorbent injection (DSI) and non-air environmental impacts, and that the assumption of a 30-year operating life is wrong. “Our cost analysis did include an additional baghouse that could be installed upstream of the dry scrubber which can preserve Tolk’s existing fly ash sales,” said the agency. “Also, our cost analysis included landfill costs, which based on Xcel’s own information, are adequate to cover the additional disposal costs. We also believe our DSI cost methodology, in which we bounded the range of expected DSI performance, was adequate and demonstrated that DSI was not cost-effective …read more

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