POWER SUPPLY DEFICIT

In the three-month period April to June 2017, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6 percent. India generated 307,663 million units (MU) of electricity in the second quarter of 2017, a growth of 3.74 percent, compared to the 296,573.99 MU of electricity generated in the same period last year, according to Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

Even though energy generation increased for the quarter, there was a supply deficit of 1,925 MU of electricity in Q2 of 2017.

The Power Supply Deficit and Peak Power Deficit by Regions are as follows:

The North-Eastern region faces a large supply deficit of 3.6 percent followed by the Northern region at 1.5 percent. Supply deficit levels have increased in the Eastern region.

In the Load Generation Balance Report (LGBR) by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) it was noted that during financial year (FY) 2016-17, total ex-bus energy availability increased by 4.1 percent over the previous year, and the peak demand increased by 5.7 percent. The energy requirement registered a growth of 2.6 percent during the year and peak demand registered a growth of 4 percent. The report also stated, “India is expecting a power surplus of 8.8 percent and peak surplus of 6.8 percent during FY 2017-18.”

Mercom previously reported that India recorded a low power supply deficit of 0.7 percent in FY 2016-17.