Come September: can coal-based power plants sing a happier tune?

This paper analyses the periodic coal shortages in the post-monsoon months at power plants in India and suggests some ways forward to address them. Such periodic shortages result in increased cost of electricity as distribution companies buy power from expensive short-term sources, or generators make up for the shortage of domestic coal by importing coal or buying it in e-auctions, both of which are costlier than CIL linkage coal.