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Improvement in power situation in India?

The power situation in India improved in 2009-10, reflect statistics.

Total power generation in India rose by 6.6% in 2009-10. Higher generation resulted in higher power availability, which rose by 8%. The power requirement on the other hand grew at a slower pace of 6.9%. Consequently, power deficit fell by 100 basis points to 10.1 %.

While statistically it is an improvement, the situation is still very gloomy with over 10% deficit in the country. The power situation at peak hours was worse. Peak power deficit  2009- 10 rose by 1.4% to 13.3%. Among the top five power consuming states in India, Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest power deficit of 21.7%. Deficit in Maharashtra & Gujarat stood at 18.8% and 4.5%, respectively.

Low capacity addition and high transmission and distribution losses are one of the primary reasons for high deficit. The government releases the capacity addition statistics in 2 different forms (refer my earlier post).

Thus, while the government claims that 9,585 mw of capacity was added in 2009-10 actually only 6,375 mw additional capacity contributed to generation. The target for the year was 14,507 mw. 

Similarly, the government has set a target of adding 21,441 mw in 2010-11. Going by the past records, achievement of this figure is unlikely. However, its target of electricity generation growth of 8% in 2010-11 over 2009-10 is likely because raw material supply constraints are expected to ease. Availability of coal, natural gas and uranium are expected to increase.

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