Indian Power Sector- An Update (Download PDF)

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All India Statistics of Indian Power Sector released by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed that generation capacity addition target during the period 2012 - 17 from conventional sources was 99, 209.47 MW against a target of 88, 537 MW, over achieving the same by 112%. Conventional capacity addition achieved in past 3 years (2014 - 15, 2015 - 16 & 2016 - 17) was 60, 752.6 MW- 61 % of the total capacity addition.

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  • In 2015 - 16, conventional generation capacity addition was 23, 976.6 MW- largest ever capacity addition in a single year.
  • Renewable Energy Sources installed capacity in March 2014 was 31, 692.14 MW which increased to 57, 260.2 MW in 2017 (increase of 80%).
  • The Peak Demand met increased from 130 GW in 2013 - 14 to 157 GW in 2016 - 17. Power not supplied during peak thus reduced from 6.1 GW in 2013 - 14 to only 2.6 GW in 2016 - 17.
  • Energy supplied by the State Distribution Utilities increased from 960 BU in 2013 - 14 to 1135 BU in 2016 - 17
  • Energy required but not supplied reduced from 42.4 BU in 2013 - 14 to 7.6 BU in 2016 - 17
  • Energy used by all the consumers (homes, industries, offices) increased from 1020 BUs in 2013 - 14 to 1242 BUs in 2016 - 17 with many industries now purchasing power through open access from IPPs without contracts with the States.
  • Adequate power now available in the country to meet the demand of power of the consumers who are having access to electricity.
  • In 2013 - 14, the demand-supply gap was 4.2 % now it is 0.7%.

About Central Electricity Authority

  • Statutory organisation constituted under section 3 of Electricity Supply Act 1948- superseded by section 70 of the Electricity Act 2003
  • Engaged in construction of electrical plants, electric lines and connectivity to the grid, installation and operation of meters, grid standards and safety
  • Functions and duties of CEA delineated under Section 73 of the Electricity Act, 2003. CEA discharges functions under Section 3 (National Electricity Policy & Plan), 8 (Hydro Electric Generation), 34 (Grid Standards), 53 (Provision relating to Safety and Electric Supply), 55 (Use of Meters) and 177 (Making of Regulations) of the Electricity Act, 2003

- Published/Last Modified on: July 27, 2017

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