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India urges emergency law to deal with energy crisis

India urges emergency law to deal with energy crisis

New Delhi, May 6 (Prensa Latina) India invoked an emergency law in an attempt to start generation in some idle plants that operate with imported coal to face its current energy crisis, the government said today.
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In a statement, authorities said they will start up factories that are not producing power due to financial stress or high international coal prices.

India is facing its worst power crisis in more than six years, and officials have scrambled to arrange supplies for power plants whose inventories are at more than nine-year lows.

According to the source, more than 43 percent of imported coal-fired industries, which have a total capacity of 17.6 gigawatts and account for 8.6 percent of India’s total coal-fired power capacity, are currently inactive.

Officials also decided to invoke an emergency clause in the country’s electricity law to allow the plants to operate.

Power ministry officials will work with those involved in restructuring the debt of the idled plants under financial stress to get them up and running.

Likewise, a government committee will facilitate the transfer of increased generation costs to customers, the government order states.

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