India put back new emission norms for coal-fired plants up to 3 year, allowing power plants to operating after paying a penalty, sources reported.
Initially, India required all the power plants to install Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) units by 2017, but was postponed to varying deadlines for different regions ending in 2022.
The new order required that power plants near capital New Deli and populous regions must install FGD before 2022; other plants in less polluted areas should complete the installation before 2025 or phase out units, Reuters reported, citing a government notice dated April 1.
Claiming high compliance costs, coal-fired power companies including state-owned NTPC Ltd. and private companies Reliance Power and Adani Power had been lobbying for diluting emission standard.
According to the new norms, the power plants will be fined for 0.02 rupees ($0.0027) for every unit of electricity produced, in case of violation.
(Writing by Lilya Li Editing by Harry Huo)
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