The chart is all that is needed to show that coal shortage is hurting power generators. Plant load factor, or capacity utilization, of thermal power plants has equalled its lowest level in the year in August.

According to the Central Electricity Authority’s numbers, thermal plant load factor seen so far this fiscal year (72.12% till July) is the lowest in at least eight years. The electricity body estimates that 18,000 megawatts will be added this fiscal year, the majority of them thermal power plants. Unless there is a quick solution to ease the supply of coal and gas, many of these new plants will run at low capacity.