In response to power supply data launched by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), about 291.eight billion items (BU) of energy was provided within the first quarter of present monetary 12 months in opposition to a requirement of 293.29 BU. This represents a deficit of 1,484 million items (MU) or 0.5 per cent.
Although energy deficit has been shrinking over the previous couple of years, the unmet provide is encountered throughout totally different instances of the 12 months. With energy demand falling drastically throughout Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, there was expectation that the deficit might not come up.
Whereas India’s energy provide deficit has widened, the height deficit has narrowed, an indicator that we’re managing peak load a tad higher this 12 months.
In Q1 of FY21, peak demand of 166.89 BU was met with a provide of 166.23 BU, a 664 MU (0.four per cent) shortfall. In Q2 2019, 182.53 BU was provided in opposition to a peak demand of 183.67 BU of electrical energy, 1,140 MU decrease than the required, leading to a peak energy provide deficit of 0.6 per cent.
In response to the information studied by renewable sector consulting and communication agency Mercom, southern and western areas had been the one areas with no provide and peak provide deficit in the course of the quarter.
The western area, which incorporates Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Goa, was in a position to provide the entire 86.73 BU of energy demanded. It was additionally in a position to meet its peak demand of 51.15 BU completely.
Equally, the southern area, which incorporates Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Lakshadweep, additionally met its energy demand of 79.11 BU with a negligible shortfall of two MU. The area met its peak demand necessities of 45.66 BU with a shortfall of solely 13 MU.
India’s energy provide deficit stood at 0.5 per cent on the finish of March for the monetary 12 months 2019-20, and the height energy deficit stood at 0.7 per cent, in response to the CEA’s knowledge.
Mercom quoted the CEA as saying the demand-supply gaps weren’t because of the non-availability of energy, however due to transmission and distribution constraints.
It famous that there have been short-term surpluses in a lot of the states in some unspecified time in the future in time and that this surplus energy was bought to deficit states or neighbouring international locations by bilateral contracts, energy exchanges, or merchants.
Mercom lately reported that solar-generated electrical energy accounted for 50.1 BU in FY 2019-20. This confirmed a progress of 28 per cent year-over-year in comparison with the FY 2018-19, the place the whole photo voltaic vitality generated was 39.three BU. Nonetheless, the YoY improve was the bottom prior to now six years as photo voltaic installations have slowed down significantly.