New Delhi: India’s peak power deficit is expected to widen in the current fiscal year to 12.6% from 11.9% in the fiscal year 2009 that ended in March, union minister of state for power Bharatsinh Solanki said on Friday.
The Union government plans to add 78.7 giga watts (GW) of power generation during the five year ending March 2012, of which 15.1 GW has been commissioned.
In the previous two fiscal years, country’s power generation was lower than the set targets mainly because of fuel shortages, Solanki said in a written reply to questions in parliament.
He said the Central Electricity Authority has projected energy shortage of 9.3% or 78,429 mega units (MU) and peak power shortages of 12.6% or 14.98 GW in 2009-10.
During April-June, India’s peak power shortages were 12.3% and energy deficit was 9.8%, power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said in a reply to a separate question.
In June, India’s hydro power generation was 9.3% less than year earlier due to sluggish monsoon in most part of the month, he said.
“Less than normal rainfall in the catchment areas of the hydro power projects in Southern, Western and Eastern part of the country, during the month, has also contributed to the shortfall in generation,” Shinde said.
Water levels in India’s 81 main reservoirs have more than halved from a year earlier after the lowest June monsoon rains for 83 years, government data showed on Thursday.
Shinde said thermal power projects that can produce 18.43 GW have been delayed due to delays in supply of equipment.
To improve the power supply and raise per capita power use to 1000 units by 2012, India is building mega power projects with annual capacity of 4 GW each. In 2007-08 per capita consumption of power in India was about 717 kilowatt every hour.
It also aims to harness about 12 GW surplus captive power into the grid and add 14 GW through renewable sources.