Union minister Joshi stresses on role of coal in India's energy security

Updated: Dec 1 2022 10:12PM

New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Union minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday said the nation's energy security is important and the country would still need around 1.5 billion tonnes of coal even if 50 per cent of energy demand is met through renewable sources.

As a result, there was no need to worry about the future of dry fuel, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

Speaking at an investor conclave in Mumbai, the minister said, "Our requirement for coal is increasing, our total dispatch in 2013-14 was 572 million tonnes, last year it was 817 million tonnes, this year it will be 900 million tonnes. Despite this, domestic production will not be able to fulfil full coal demand." While the total coal production from the domestic sources will be 1 billion tonnes, the total demand would be 1,300-1,400 million tonnes, he added.