The State of Gujarat (Western India) aims at increasing its renewable power capacity from the current 9.7 GW to 30 GW by 2022. The existing renewable power capacity of Gujarat is divided between wind (6.9 GW) and solar (2.6 GW). In September 2019, the State Government of Gujarat decided to no longer give clearance to new thermal projects. Gujarat's thermal installed capacity reached 22.3 GW in July 2019 with coal-fired capacity representing 14.2 GW.
OPEC has released its World Oil Outlook 2019, including long-term projections and assessment for the global oil and energy industry. According to the OPEC, total primary energy demand would increase by 25% between 2018 and 2040. Even if gas should post the largest demand growth through 2040 in absolute terms (renewable energies should have the highest growth in percentage terms), oil would remain the most consumed fuel in the global energy mix, with oil demand reaching 110.6 mb/d by 2040.
Indian state-owned coal producing giant Coal India has decided to advance its coal production target of 1 Gt/year by two years, from 2026 to 2024. The group had initially set this target for 2020 but had to postpone it to 2026 in September 2018, citing changes in India's carbon emission targets, slow industrial growth, changing energy mix, environmental difficulties and land acquisition challenges. This higher coal output is aimed at meeting rising power demand. The Ministry of Coal and Mines now expects Coal India's production to reach 750 Mt in the next fiscal year (2020-2021), from 607 Mt in 2018-2019 and a target of 660 Mt in 2019-2020.
As part of its efforts to reduce air pollution, South Korea will decommission six older coal-fired power units with a total capacity of 2.6 GW by 2021, a year before than previously planned. Coal-fired plants to be stopped are Samcheonpo units 1&2 (2x560 MW, operated by KOSEP), Boryeong units 1&2 (2x500 MW, operated by Komipo) as well as Honam units 1&2 (2x250 MW, operated by EWP).