Power demand in the country grew 2.1% in April-February this fiscal to 1190.74 billion units (BU) from 1166.08 BU in the same period a year ago. During 2018-19, the power demand grew 5% to 1274.59 BU from 1213.32 BU in the previous fiscal, Power Minister Mr R K Singh said.
The Minister informed that there has been no decline in electricity demand as a whole and the overall energy requirement has been growing with commensurate growth in energy supplied also.
Coal-fired power plants achieved the prescribed level of fuel stock of 22 days last week after a gap of three and half years. The combined stock at pitheads and power plants is almost 88 million tonnes, the highest ever.
India added 2,043 megawatt (MW) wind power capacity in the first 11 months of the current financial year (2019-20) as against 1,480 Mw added last financial year, new and Renewable Energy Minister Mr R K Singh said.
The government is aiming at 25,750 megawatt (MW) of new power generation capacity from solar plants under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme by 2022, Power and Renewable Energy Minister Mr R K Singh said.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has for the third time extended the bid submission deadline for its 4-megawatt (MW) floating solar power plant in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.The last date of bid submission is hereby extended till 20 March,2020.
Based on standard capital cost per MW, an investment of around Rs 1.34 lakh crore is estimated to have been made in the renewable energy sector during last three years i.e. 2017-18 to 2019-20 (up to January 2020),” Renewable Energy Minister Mr R K Singh said.