India has set a coal production target of 1.5 billion metric tons by 2020, twice its current production, reports the GWPF.
No climate paranoia here. Full steam ahead to social and economic progress, just like Europe and the USA used to do before their leaders were distracted by ‘man-made climate’ syndrome.
Coal consumption in India, particularly in the electric power sector, is outpacing India’s domestic production.
From 2005 to 2012, India’s coal production grew by only 4.7% per year to about 600 million metric tons while the country’s coal-fired electric power capacity grew by a much faster rate (about 9.4% per year), reaching 150 gigawatts. To help resolve the shortfall in coal supply and to support expanded coal-fired generation, India has set a coal production target of 1.5 billion metric tons by 2020.
Recent shifts in government policies and practices may play a key role in India’s ability to meet this coal production goal.