The normal cost through this mode is Rs 5-6 per unit, but because of the crippling coal crisis, the rate has shot up to Rs 20 a unit now.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday said that talks will intensify with the coal ministry and neighbouring states to get more coal.
The countrywide coal shortage has affected power generation at the 2,400 MW-capacity National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plant in Kudgi.
Sources said though there is sufficient supply of hydro electricity due to abundant rain, the coming months could pose a different challenge, and the government may look at thermal power.
Shortfall being met by solar, wind energy, hydropower sources
It said that fuel supply by CIL in the April-August period of the current fiscal increased by 27.2 per cent to 205.90 MT over 161.87 MT in the year-ago period.
APPDCL, a subsidiary of Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation, is also in the process of stocking more coal at thermal power units to meet the demand.
In a first, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has prepared the draft guidelines for the decommissioning of thermal power plants.
Another feather was added to the cap of Simhadri Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC with the commissioning of a 15 MW solar plant in the second phase on Saturday.
Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) also earned a profit of Rs 800 crore, as against the loss of Rs 303 crore, during the first four months.
The 1,320-MW Rampal Power Plant is being built by BIFPC, the joint venture between India's NTPC Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board.
173 families have nowhere to go while Thermal Plant officials are on demolition spree; authorities say they gave the locals ample time
Power Ministry decides to set up National Mission on use of biomass in coal based thermal power plants
The ministry said this would further support the energy transition in the country and our targets to move towards cleaner energy sources.
Jagadish Reddy instructed officials to build a special 20-bed Covid-19 hospital for the workers employed for the construction of the Yadadri Thermal Power Plant in 10 days.
The blaze was noticed in the conveyor belt area of the plant following which officials began dousing operations, official sources said.