In­dia all set to be a power sur­plus na­tion this fis­cal

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In­dia looks set to be­come a power sur­plus coun­try in the cur­rent fis­cal as the en­ergy short­age and peak power deficit was al­ready less than 1 per cent in April, with many states re­port­ing nil elec­tric­ity deficit.

Ac­cord­ing to Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Author­ity's (CEA) lat­est monthly re­port for April, the en­ergy short­age in the coun­try is re­ported at 0.5 per cent dur­ing the month com­pared to 1.4 per cent a year ago. In April, the en­ergy short­age was as low as 0.1 per cent each in the West­ern, South­ern and East­ern re­gions. How­ever the North-east­ern re­gion re­ported an en­ergy short­age of 4.5 per cent. The fig­ure was 1.5 per cent in the North­ern re­gion.

The peak power deficit, too, dropped to 0.8 per cent across the coun­try in April this year. It was recorded at 0.1 per cent each in the South­ern, East­ern and West­ern re­gions. How­ever, the North-east­ern re­gion re­ported a peak power deficit of 2.2 per cent in April. It was 1.8 per cent in the North­ern re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to Power Min­istry data, many states re­ported nil en­ergy short­ages and peak power deficits in April this year. These states in­clude Ch­hat­tis­garh, Gu­jarat, Haryana, Kar­nataka, Mad­hya Pradesh, Odisha, Pun­jab, Sikkim, Tripura and West Ben­gal.

There are other states where the en­ergy short­age (ES) and peak power deficit (PPD) were up to 1 per cent in April. They are Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Hi­machal Pradesh (PPD zero), Jhark­hand (PPD zero), Ma­ha­rash­tra, Megha­laya (ES zero), Puducherry, Tamil Nadu, Te­lan­gana (ES zero), Ut­tarak­hand (PPD zero). Ut­tar Pradesh, where the BJP re­cently won the elec­tions with a thump­ing ma­jor­ity, re­ported an en­ergy short­age of just 1 per cent in April from a 14 per cent level a year ago. Be­sides, the peak power deficit was down to zero.

Ac­cord­ing to the load gen­er­a­tion balanc­ing re­port of the Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Author­ity for 2017-18, In­dia would be­come a power sur­plus na­tion. "The all-in­dia power sup­ply po­si­tion in­di­cates that the coun­try is likely to have a peak sur­plus of 6.8 per cent and en­ergy sur­plus of 8.8 per cent," the re­port stated. It added that sur­plus en­ergy is an­tic­i­pated to the or­der of 7.4 per cent, 13 per cent, 9.8 per cent and 3 per cent in the South­ern, West­ern, North­ern and North-east­ern Re­gions re­spec­tively.

THE PEAK POWER DEFICIT DROPPED TO 0.8% ACROSS THE NA­TION IN APRIL. IT WAS RECORDED AT 0.1% EACH IN THE SOUTH­ERN, EAST­ERN AND WEST­ERN RE­GIONS

POWER MIN­IS­TER PIYUSH GOYAL

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