India’s power supply deficit stood at 0.5% for the nine months between April 2019 and December 2019, while India’s peak power deficit stood at 0.7%, according to the data published by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). During the same period last year, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6 percent.
Like last year, this year also, the northeastern region recorded the highest power supply deficit of 4.1% followed by the northern region with 1.4%.
The northern region recorded a peak power deficit of 694 MW, the western region recorded 20 MW, the southern region recorded a peak power deficit of 115 MW, the eastern region recorded 22 MW, and the northeastern region recorded a peak power deficit of 111 MW.
As far as the actual power generation is concerned, all the regions saw a positive growth except for the northern and southern regions, which saw a deficit of -0.08% and -2.95%, respectively as compared to the same period last year. The actual power generation during the nine months from April to December 2019 for the financial year 2019-20 saw a growth of 0.05% as compared to the last year.
In the northern region, Himachal Pradesh recorded the highest numbers in actual power generation with a growth of 16.11%, whereas in the western region, Gujarat recorded the highest numbers with a growth of 15.04%. Telangana led the way in the southern region with a growth of 7.78%, whereas Sikkim came on top in the eastern region with a growth of 24.72%. In the northeastern region, Arunachal Pradesh came on top with a growth of 18.57%, whereas the power imported from Bhutan grew by 28.45% as compared to the last year.
Last year, India recorded a power supply deficit of 0.6% in the nine months between April and December 2018. During this period, 965,589 MUs of energy were supplied against the demand of 971,490 MUs. In the same period, against a peak demand of 177,022 MUs of electricity, 175,528 MUs were supplied. This was 1,494 MUs less than the required supply to meet the peak demand, resulting in a peak power supply deficit of 0.8%.
Rakesh Ranjan is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.