Present installed generation capacity sufficient to meet electricity demand: Power Min RK Singh

New Delhi: The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, New & Renewable Energy, RK Singh, said today that as on 31 October 2019, the installed generation capacity in the country is around 364,960 Mega Watt (MW), which is sufficient to meet the electricity demand in the country. The details of actual power supply position in terms of energy and peak of the country during the current year i.e. 2019-20 (up to October, 2019) is given in the table below.

Details of actual power supply position in terms of energy and peak of the country during the current year i.e. 2019-20 (up to October, 2019)

Present installed generation capacity sufficient to meet electricity demand Power Min RK Singh | Indus Dictum

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%.

This gap is generally on account of factors other than inadequacy of power availability in the country e.g. constraints in sub-transmission and distribution network, financial constraints of State Power Utilities to purchase power etc.

Further, to meet the shortfall, if any, in the power requirement, Distribution Companies can also purchase power from power exchanges on a daily basis.

Government of India is supporting the States and Union Territories in augmenting and strengthening the intrastate transmission and distribution network through various schemes including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS).

The coal supply has also improved as the coal stock in power plants as on 21 November 2019, is 23.1 Million Tons for the 14 days as against 12.1 MT for 7 days on the same day last year.

This information was provided by Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R.K. Singh in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.


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