After two years of oversupply, coal is in short supply at Indian power plants in May.
According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), as on May 22, the average coal stock at the 113 power stations that receive domestic supplies is down to 12 days.
Of these, 13 utilities had only seven days’ stock, and six others had less than four days’ stock.
Typically, coal demand for power generation rises in summer, but CEA records reveal that this year, thermal power generation has been relatively subdued.
Indicatively, between April 1 and May 20, when the total electricity generation was up by 4.7 per cent, coal-based generation was up by only 3.8 per cent.Read more