Even as the power ministry looks to focus on providing power supply to all, besides ensuring generation of surplus power, the number of diesel power generator sets in the country may be on a rise.
None of the government agencies publicly share any data related to the number of operating diesel generator sets (gensets) in India. However, data sourced through industry sources shows that diesel power generator sets capacities have risen at a rate of around 5,000 megawatts (MW) per annum in the last two years in the country.
According to data sourced through its internal research, private power producer Tata Power said capacity of diesel gensets is estimated to stand at 90,000 MW as on 2016-end, from 80,000 MW in 2014.
Increase in capacity is rather surprising as the past three years have seen the government focusing on increasing power supply in the country, besides witnessing a surplus condition in some scenarios. To be sure, the power exchanges in the country or the spot market for power have been trading at cheaper rates, as compared to their performace a few years back. On Friday, Power Minister Piyush Goyal took to social media platform Twitter and said that around 4,396 megawatts of power was available at rate of Rs. 2.59 per unit for states.
Credit – Business Standard
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