There is no power crisis in the country, the generation capacity is more than the maximum demand: Power Minister
The government aims to achieve 500 GW of installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based capacity by 2030. This will reduce the pressure on coal based production to a great extent.
There is no power crisis in the country: Government
electricity in the country (PowerThere is no apprehension of any crisis at present, as the installed power generation capacity is more than the maximum demand for electricity in the country. The government informed the Parliament about this today. Minister of Power (power minister RK Singh said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha that there is no power crisis in the country. The total installed generation capacity as on 28 February 2022 is 395.6 GW which is sufficient to meet the electricity demand in the country, the maximum demand during the current year being 203 MW. While the Union Minister informed that coal import of (coal import) is showing a decline. Domestic production has been increased to meet this gap.
coal imports down
In another reply of the House, the Minister told the House that as per the information given by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the import of coal during 2021-22 (April-January) declined to 22.7 million tonnes. During the same period last year, 39 million tonnes of coal were imported. The fall in imports has been seen due to the high price of coal in the international market. He informed that the shortfall in import of coal has been met by increasing the supply of domestic coal. Which has increased from 442.6 MT during 2020-21 (April-January) to 547.2 MT during 2021-22 (April-January).
Emphasis on non-fossil fuels will increase
The Union Minister informed the House that the government aims to achieve 500 GW installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based capacity (Hydro, Nuclear, Solar, Wind, Biomass, etc.) by 2030. This will reduce the pressure on coal based production to a great extent. According to the information given in the house, during April-February (2021-22) 938.36 Billion Units (BU) of electricity has been generated through coal based thermal plants as against 850.89 BU units in the same period of 2020-21. .
1.16 lakh MW capacity under construction
In another reply to the House, the Minister informed that 1,16,766 MW of power generation capacity is under construction, which includes 72,606 MW renewable (including large hydro projects), 15,700 MW nuclear and 28,460 MW thermal. A generation capacity of 15,978.84 MW has been added during the year 2021-22 (up to February 28, 2022), which includes 3,825 MW thermal, 213 MW hydro (more than 25 MW capacity) and 11,940.84 MW from other renewable energy sources.
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