Workshop on improving Energy efficiency & Environmental Performance of Thermal Power Plants

August 05, 2015

August 4, 2015: Green Rating Team of the Centre for Science and Environment along with JSW Energy Limited conducted a one-day workshop (July 28, 2015) at Barmer to discuss best practices and key issues in efficiency and environment management practices of coal fired power plants.  

The workshop began with a presentation by Priyavrat Bhati, Programme Director, Sustainable Industrialisation on CSE’s recent coal-based power sector’s green rating study, the methodology adopted, the sectoral performance and CSE’s policy recommendations. Following this Sanjeev.K.Kanchan, Deputy Programme Manager, Sustainable Industrialisation made a presentation on individual JSW power plant’s performance with focus on their scope of improvement.  Dr. B. Sengupta, Former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) discussed proposed new coal-based thermal power plant pollution norms and its implications.

In the latter half of the day, Y P Abhi, Former Executive Director- Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) made a presentation on energy efficiency issues in coal based power plants and suggested plant specific measures to improve efficiency. The last presentation was made by JSW, which discussed the steps it had taken to improve resource efficiency, sustainability and pollution control in its plants.

The workshop had wide participation with 15-20 mid level operational and environmental engineers, senior executives from corporate environment department and engineers from JSW Barmer. A field visit to Barmer thermal power station (8*135 MW), lignite fired - fluidized bed combustion (FBC) plant was also organized to demonstrate plant operations. 

JSW has agreed to develop a set of goals and an action plan to further improve environmental performance of all its plants