New Delhi: Scarce fuel supply led to peak power shortage of over 11,000 MW from April to June, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

The country's peak power deficit shortfall in generation capacity during the time when the electricity consumption touched 11,371 MW, or 8.6 per cent of the demand, during the April-June period, the official data said.
 
The CEA data showed that the total power generation during the period was at 1,21,220 MW, whereas the demand was pegged at 1,32,591 MW. This substantial deficit implies less supply of electricity in accordance with the demand.

The southern region was the worst hit with a deficit of 15.3 per cent, followed by the north eastern region that registering a shortfall of 11 per cent.

As many as 30 thermal power plants, on an average, had a fuel stock position of less than a week, mainly on account of tight supplies from Coal India, according to another data compiled by CEA.

However, the coal supply position still remains grim with 30 power stations (as on July 4) having fuel stocks that can last only a week.

Meanwhile, the national capital, Delhi, which experienced acute power cuts during the sweltering months of May and June, only posted a deficit of 0.9 per cent, the data observed.

Power generation in the country, however, jumped 3.79 per cent or 8,888 million units (MUs) during these three months (April-June). The programmed generation for the period was 2,34,776 MUs and the actual production was 2,43,665 MUs.

Megawatt (MW) is used to refer to generation capacity, while Million Unit (MU) indicates the amount of power/energy produced. For instances, a 500 MW capacity plant running for 24 hours can produce 12 MUs of energy.

The government expects to generate around 9,20,000 MUs of electricity this fiscal. Out of the total, 7,60,000 MUs would be from coal-based plants. It plans to harness the hydro power potential of the country by adding over 1,22,000 million units during the same period.

The government might also import 5,000 MUs electricity from Bhutan during the fiscal.

(Agencies)

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