Thanks to the Centre’s initiatives and strong push towards the improvement of the power sector in India, the country will for the first time ever have surplus power.
Data in the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) report says that there will be surplus power of 3.1% during peak hours and 1.1% during non-peak hours for the year 2016-17.
The peak hour deficit for 2015-16 was -3.2% while non-peak hour deficit was -2.1%. The deficit was as high as 13% about a decade ago. The data
, based on gap between demand raised and demand met, shows that June onwards the country will have more electricity than required.
The surplus power is the national average which means that not all states will get surplus power supply.
According to this report, some state utilities might continue planned blackout of areas to reduce losses or there could be technical problems.
States in southern India will have surplus power to the tune of 3.3% while those in western India will have surplus electricity at 6.9%. The worst scenario will be in the eastern region which will have a deficit of 10.3%. Northeastern region will have a power shortage of 8.3% while northern states will have a shortage of 1.8%.
One of the principal reasons behind the rise in power output has been the rise in coal production
Stagnant for many years, coal production has gone up dramatically due to better management and new ideas led by Power Minister Piyush Goyal.
Increase in coal output has led to many thermal power plants start generating more electricity. Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said that highest ever conventional power capacity of 46,453 MW has been added during two years of his tenure. The government is well on its way
to electrify all of India’s villages by 2018. There has been a tremendous growth in India’s renewable energy mission
. Trains to villages are now using solar energy as India envisages an addition of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022.