Solar power recorded the highest capacity growth at 1,371 Mw during April-July, a period when 244 Mw of thermal capacities retired. Under the guidelines laid out by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), thermal power plants that have completed 25 years in commercial operations will either wind up or switch to less polluting, super-critical technologies.
At the end of July 2018, the country’s total installed power capacity stood at 345.5 Gw, a net capacity addition of 1,500 Mw. Fresh capacities in power were added entirely by renewable sources such as solar, wind and small hydro.
At the same time, total thermal power capacity declined from 222.9 Gw at the end of FY18 to 222.7 Gw in July, with the phasing out of 214 Mw of coal-fired generation and 30 Mw in gas-based power.
A positive for the thermal power plants was the improvement in Plant Load Factor (PLF) to 63.7 per cent in Q1 of this fiscal from 61.6 per cent in the comparable period of FY18. But capacity utilisation by gas-based plants continued to be dismal, dipping below 22 per cent in the same period. Read More
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