Installed Generation Capacity is Sufficient to meet the electricity demand: Power Minister
Installed generation capacity in the country is around 3,64,960 MW end October 2019
The Union Minister of State (IC) Power, New & Renewable Energy and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship R.K. Singh has informed in Lok Sabha that as on 31 October 2019, the installed generation capacity in the country is around 3,64,960 Mega Watt (MW), which is sufficient to meet the electricity demand in the country.
It may be seen that the gap between demand and supply of power during the current year 2019-20 (up to October, 2019) both in terms of Energy and Peak is less than 1%. This gap is generally on account of factors other than inadequacy of power availability in the country e.g. constraints in sub-transmission and distribution network, financial constraints of State Power Utilities to purchase power etc. Further to meet the shortfall, if any, in the power requirement, Distribution Company can also purchase power from power exchanges on daily basis.
Government of India is supporting the States/UTs in augmenting and strengthening the intra-state transmission and distribution network through various schemes including Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS). The coal supply has also improved as the coal stock in power plants as on 21.11.2019 is 23.1 million tonnes for the 14 days as against 12.1 million tonnes for 7 days on the same day last year.