Why India must set its thermal power capacity utilization back on track

Why India must set its thermal power capacity utilization back on track

The capacity utilization of thermal power plants has been in the red for the last several years. From a peak of 79 per cent in 2007-08, it fell to 75 per cent in 2010-11 due to the twin reasons of faster capacity addition and stressed coal availability. It now stands at less than 60 per cent despite availability of coal.

The momentum generated by Coal India Ltd with support from the Ministry of Coal and other related ministries and state governments to achieve growth rates of around 9 per cent in 2015-16 is frittering away fast due to offtake constraints.

Concerted actions to reverse the capacity utilization or Plant Load factor (PLF) to the fast track to the highest level witnessed in the past (79 per cent) has compelling benefits. At the current coal-based capacity, the actual generation at this low PLF would be around 1,050 billion units of power in FY16-17. Read More…

 

Credit By : Energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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