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Implication of emission regulation on cost and tariffs of coal-based power plants in India: A system modelling approach

Roshna Nazar, Shweta L. Srinivasan, Amit Kanudia and Jai Asundi

Energy Policy, 2021, vol. 148, issue PB

Abstract: Coal-based thermal power plants (TPPs) are one of the major culprits contributing to the degrading ambient air quality globally. To address this issue, the Government of India revised the emission standards for coal TPPs in 2015. However, the high upfront cost for installing emission control technologies and ambiguity over their impact on electricity tariff and regulatory provisions have led to delays in the implementation of these technologies. In this study, the total investment—including capital, and operational and maintenance costs—required to meet the new emission standards for all existing and proposed TPPs by 2030 and their tariff implications are estimated. Moreover, the potential system-wide reduction in pollutant emissions by 2030 is also calculated.

Keywords: New emission standards for coal power plants in India; Pollution control technology cost; Electricity tariff; Pollutant emission from power plants; SOx; NOx and PM10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2020.111924

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