In April 2017, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.5 percent. 100,801 million units (MU) of energy was supplied against the requirement of 101,329 MU, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). The supply deficit recorded in March this year was 0.4 percent, implicating a rise in the deficit.
The peak power deficit was registered at 0.8 percent for April 2017. The peak demand that was met was short of the peak demand of 159,590 MW by 1,198 MW. The peak demand deficit has also risen as compared to 0.6 percent that was recorded in March 2017.
The Power Supply Deficit and Peak Power Deficit by Regions are as follows:
The North-eastern region faces a large supply deficit of 4.5 percent followed by the Northern region at 1.5 percent. The rest of the regions witnessed comparatively lower levels of supply deficit, at an average of 0.1 percent.
The power supply deficit for the FY2016-17 reached a low of 0.7 percent, which is the lowest recorded value between FY1991-92 and FY2016-17, according to a recent update by Mercom India.