As India continues to rely on conventional sources of energy, with thermal power contributing a major proportion of all the electricity produced in the country, acute shortage of water around power plants appears to be having an impact on the power output with India losing about 5,870 million units of generation due to the non-availability of water till February in this financial year.
Loss of generation shows a rising trend
Power minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday told the Lok Sabha how the loss of generation has actually significantly increased over the past three years from 1,258 million units in 2014-15 to 4,989 million units in 2015-16 and to 5,870 million units in the first ten months of the current fiscal.
In order to reduce the need for water in the thermal power plants, he said in reply to a written query, over the last seven years, closed cycle systems were being installed in the new thermal power plants instead of the once-through cooling systems. Read More…