The installed power generation capacity in India reached 364.9 gigawatts, that is adequate to meet the country’s electric demand.
Furthermore, the peak alongside with the energy requirement deficit was less than one per cent during the first seven months of 2019-20, Minister of States for Power and New and Renewable Energy Mr. R K Singh said.
“As on 31.10.2019, the installed generation capacity in the country is around 3,64,960 megawatt (MW), which is sufficient to meet the electricity demand in the country. It may be seen that the gap between demand and supply of power during the current year 2019-20 (up to October 2019) both in terms of energy and peak is less than 1 per cent,” he added.
The gap is mainly because of reasons other than the shortage of power availability in the country such as restraints in sub-transmission and distribution network, financial constraints of state power utilities to purchase power, Mr. Singh said.
He added that if there is any shortage in meeting power requirement, distribution companies can also purchase power from power exchanges on a daily basis.
“The government is supporting the states/UTs in augmenting and strengthening the intra-state transmission and distribution network through various schemes including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana and Integrated Power Development Scheme,” the minister said.
The coal stock in power plants as on November 21 stood at 23.1 million tonnes (MT) for 14 days as against 12.1 MT for 7 days on the same day last year, the minister said.