India all set to be a power surplus nation this fiscal
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