India may need up to 28 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power plants by 2032 to meet power demand that is expected to more than double the current 404.1 GW, according to the country’s Central Electric Authority (CEA). Above and beyond the 25 GW of coal-based capacity under construction, Reuters reported that India may need 17 to 28 GW of additional coal-based capacity. India’s annual electricity demand could grow by an average of 7.2% over the next five (to March 2027), nearly double the rate of increase in the fiscal years from 2017 to 2022, the CEA plan said.