When Natural Gas Is Cheap: Natural Gas and Cheap Solar power
By Amitava Roy | 02.01.2018 08:03:42A natural gas-fired power plant, which generates heat, could help India become more energy efficient.
The country has long been dependent on coal for power generation, but now it could be possible to make use of cheaper natural gas, which could help reduce India’s reliance on fossil fuels.
According to a report by the India Solar Energy Association (ISEA), the country could see energy-efficient gas turbines at about the same price as coal-fired electricity generation.
“There are many things that could be done to reduce the amount of coal in our energy mix,” said J.D. Raja, founder of ISEA.
“Natural gas is the cheapest and cheapest energy source out there, it’s not even close.”
India has a large population, but India is still the world’s biggest producer of coal, with about 30 per cent of the world population, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
India has been struggling with the effects of climate change, which has affected its energy supply.
But its economy has improved and its population has increased, as has its reliance on coal.
In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India would be able to provide energy for all its people in the next 10 years.
But he has struggled to meet the targets set out in the 2015 National Action Plan.