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India is the third-largest producer and second-largest consumer of electricity in the world and had an installed power capacity of 373.43 GW as of October 2020.

Indian Power Sector Analysis

    Last updated on Oct, 11 2021

India is the third-largest producer and second-largest consumer of electricity in the world, with an installed power capacity of 383.37 GW, as of May 2021. Electricity production reached 1,252.61 billion units (BU) in FY20. India was ranked fifth in wind power, fifth in solar power and fourth in renewable power installed capacity, as of 2019. India’s rank jumped to 22 in 2019 from 137 in 2014 on World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business - "Getting Electricity" rankings.

For 2020-21, electricity generation target from conventional sources was fixed at 1,330 BU, comprising 1138.533 BU of thermal energy; hydro energy (140.357 BU) and nuclear (43.880 BU); and 7.230 BU was imported from Bhutan.

Power consumption grew at 12.6% in the first week of June to 25.36 billion units (BU), indicating slow recovery in the commercial and industrial electricity demand.

Renewable energy is fast emerging as a major source of power in India. The Government of India has set a target to install 227 GW of renewable energy capacity by FY22. As of June 2019, the Government launched US$ 5 billion of transmission-line tenders in phases and has set a target of 175 GW by 2022. As of February 2021, India had an installed renewable energy capacity of 94.43 GW.

In FY21, the total thermal installed capacity in the country stood at 234.72 GW. Installed capacity of renewable, hydro and nuclear energy totalled 94.43 GW, 46.21 GW and 6.78 GW, respectively. The Government plans to double the share of installed electricity generation capacity of renewable energy to 40% by 2030. India has also raised the solar power generation capacity addition target by five times to 114 GW by 2022. The Government is preparing a 'rent a roof' policy for supporting its target of generating 40 GW of power through solar rooftop projects by 2022. The peak power demand in the country stood at 170.83 GW in FY20.

All India PLF of Thermal Power Plants (excluding gas-based power plants) stood at 54.32% in May 2021, compared with 48.00% in May 2020.

All the states and union territories were on board to fulfil the Government’s vision of ensuring 24x7 affordable and quality power for all by March 2019. India achieved 100% household electrification by March 31, 2019, as envisaged under the Saubhagya scheme. More than 26.2 million households have been electrified under Saubhagya scheme.

Under the Union Budget 2021-22, the government has allocated Rs. 15,322 crore (US$ 2.11 billion) for the Ministry of Power and Rs. 5,753 crore (US$ 794.53 million) for the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Under the Union Budget 2021-22, the government has allocated Rs. 300 crore (US$ 41.42 million) to increase capacity of the Green Energy Corridor Project, along with Rs. 1,100 crore (US$ 151.90 million) for wind and Rs. 2,369.13 crore (US$ 327.15 million) for solar power projects. The Union Budget 2021-22 has allocated Rs. 5,300 crore (US$ 731.75 million) to the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IDPS) and Rs. 3,600 crore (US$ 497.03 million) towards the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY).

In the current decade (2020-2029), the Indian electricity sector is likely to witness a major transformation with respect to demand growth, energy mix and market operations.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved commercial coal mining for private sector and the methodology of allocating coal mines via auction and allotment, thereby prioritising transparency, ease of doing business and ensuring the use of natural resources for national development.

India aims to reduce emissions intensity of its gross domestic product (GDP) by 33% to 35% by 2030 from 2005 levels and increase the share of non-fossil fuels to 40% of the total electricity generation capacity.

Total FDI inflow in the power sector reached US$ 15.36 billion between April 2000 to March 2021, accounting for 3% of the total FDI inflow in India.

In July 2021, India sent its first coal-laden rake (~4,000 tonnes) to Bangladesh's Rampal Thermal Power Station. The 1,320 MW power plant is a joint venture between National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB).

In July 2021, National Thermal Power Corporation Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL), NTPC's fully owned subsidiary, has invited a domestic tender to build India's first green hydrogen fueling station in Leh, Ladakh.

In July 2021, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) received a large contract from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) for the supply of 12 steam generators of India's highest rated indigenously-developed 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) worth Rs. 1,405 crore (US$ 189.20 million).


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