Securing the Energy Future for India

Faster and more inclusive growth will require a rapid increase in energy consumption. Since we have limited domestic resources, how can we meet this need equitably and affordably without compromising on our environment?

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Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby rewritequran@gmail.com » Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:46 am

To ease demand for coal and crude oil, Govt must provide free public transportation.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby raghushankar717@gmail.com » Wed Feb 09, 2011 1:17 am

Aren't We destroying the forests for iron ore , granite ,marble or other minerals then why not for coal.But anyway keep our coal reserves for a rainy day and for now import it.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby nisargshah15@yahoo.com » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:33 pm

Gas based power plants are the answer to Coal based power plants......

Gas Power Plants generate very cheap power, with very high efficiency.....Rs 2.6 per KWH is what analysts say.....Coal gives energy at Rs. 4 - 5 per KWH

Forget about Renewable Energy completely.....It is not Capitally Feasible....
If US forces us to use renewable energy, we shall not do so for their made-pollution. We shall say "Lets Die Together".....

For Gas based power plants, the best way is to "Securely" construct the Gas Pipeline from Iran as originally planned

Thanks,
Nisarg Shah
ex-CEO (Savmour Renewable Energy Products).

Note: The firm "Savmour Energy Products" have been shut down as I have lost the belief in Renewable Energy. It only drains the finance from our own people's pockets, while serving nothing.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby irlmaks@yahoo.co.in » Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:01 pm

In order to confront this issue which has major ramifications, I have the following proposal

The environment Ministry should setup a autonomous body which takes care of the compensation.

When ever a industry gets clearance for deforestation, apart from afforestation (which is a pre-condition for most environmental clearances), the company must also pay compensation even before the deforestation starts

This compensation should be provided to the body which is under constant public overview.

The body should take note of all the biodiversity in the area and should take measures to replicate them and this should be parallel to the deforestation.

In most cases the clearance will be given for decades of time. Hence by this period of time, the plantation which will be initiated by this "expert body" will come to some extent. Also unlike most government bodies, this should not be headed by a bureaucrat(IAS) but a chair consisting of IFS, scientists, environmentalists, industrial expert and most importantly one social activist (to take care of the tribals part of the forests)

Though many additions can be given to the above idea, the basic structure of the solution may be this.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby sss@sdlindia.com » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:54 am

• We should not touch our forests.
• We should examine renewable energy sources like Solar power, Gobar gas, ethanol, wind etc.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby sss@sdlindia.com » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:56 am

• We should not touch our forests.
• We should examine renewable energy sources like Solar power, Gobar gas, ethanol, wind etc.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby sss@sdlindia.com » Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:56 am

• We should not touch our forests.
• We should examine renewable energy sources like Solar power, Gobar gas, ethanol, wind etc.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby hems.arora@gmail.com » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:23 pm

Sir,
Non conventional energy will always be the option for us. Solar, wind will later be the main source of energy.
But right now we are using coal field through which is main source of energy for us. Issue is that we are not using all our coal mines effeciently. all the plants are of british rule or early 50-60's period, we need to upgrade all the coal plant so that we can increase the effeciency of plant upto 90+% from existing 70-%. Instead of allowing new coal mines it is always better to renew existing mines and increase its effeciency.

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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby shraiy_87@yahoo.com » Mon May 02, 2011 5:19 pm

As a fuel,coal is one of India's most dependable options.We have one of the largest coal reserves in the world & depend on it for power generation to the tune of 65%+ of our installed capacity.Many new coal fired plants are also in the pipeline.Thus it can be seen that the only way its demand is going is up!

It would also be useful to point out that at present we import >80mt of coal & this figure is only slated to rise in the future.The recent GO-NO GO classification by the GOI is expected to increase our dependency on imports,which as such come with a higher bill & risk factors.

While this move is expected to protect our forests,it has been criticised on the ground that it would have an adverse effect on the economy.In this context it needs to be pointed out that our environment needs to be protected alongside development.Coal mining has a negative impact on the local flora,soil etc.While abandoned sites can be rehabilitated,the resulting forests will never be as good as the original ones.This is a risk that we cannot afford to take.

In such a case,increased imports would be an option for the country.While it would be more expensive,some steps can be taken to mitigate their deleterious effects:

1.Stringent efficiency norms for all thermal plants.This would require finances & r&d inputs,where both public & private sectors need to participate.Older plants need to be upgraded;such an investment will pay for itself over a period of time due to lower consumption of fuel.

2.MOST Importantly,CIL & other PSU's should aggressively seek to ink long term contracts & to acquire coal fields abroad(much like OVL).This will dramatically reduce our vulnerability to market fluctuations.

3.Lastly,there is a need to evolve a roadmap to reduce the dependence on coal in the long run.50-60 yrs would be a suitable timeframe for such a plan to be realistically implemented.
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Re: Most of our coal reserves are in forests; imported coal is costly. How can we meet our demand for coal without affecting biodiversity or incurring excessive costs?

Postby rishi8828@gmail.com » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:15 pm

as the coal is the prime source of energy for India so we must develop a balance between environment and coal production and new environmental clearance should be given to only those company which successfully completed mines closure and successfully planted the tree at closed plant and in total the company must planted the tree in 1:5 ratio of total cutout tree and tree which are planted are of same environmental importance of cutout tree .And if any mining company either psu or private which doesnot fulfill these criteria should not be given permission at any cost as"ECONOMICAL BALANCE=ENVIRONMENTAL BALANCE"
In the case of animal species the company must pay the complete bill for transfer of species from one place to another and if required the complete bill for different preservation techniques.
By adopting and implementing these strict law and we will able to achieve the target of coal and energy production,higher GDP growth and environmental protection at the present scenario
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