Increase in the production of renewable energies is posing a threat to thermal power. In the wake of decline in natural resources and upsurge of pollution levels, government has been encouraging people to go for renewable energies such as wind and solar power. While a few States are using wind energy in a big way, the usage of solar energy has also been enhanced. People are getting attracted towards solar energy since it is less expensive. However, it has become a big challenge for thermal power stations. Seriousness of the situation can be understood from the power sale statistics of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). Surprisingly, one of the navaratna companies and leading power giant, NTPC failed to sell 1,345 mw power last month.
Disclosing the details in an interactive session with media persons here at NTPC Township; NTPC Executive Director Dilip Kumar Dubey said there was less demand for thermal power in the wake of upsurge in the production of renewable energies in south Indian States such as Tamil Nadu. As a result, they failed to sell 1,345 mw power last month. Answering a query whether there were bad days ahead for thermal power, Dubey said that situation would always not be like this. The demand for thermal power would automatically go down, if there was higher production of renewable energy. Otherwise, there would be change in the demand, he said. The global per capital consumption of electricity was 3,000 kWh, but in India it was only 1,000 kWh, he said and added that both renewable energy and thermal power should go ahead parallelly to meet the demand.