India’s electricity companies have surplus power – and that’s a big challenge

India’s electricity companies have surplus power – and that’s a big challenge

Last year, the Central Electricity Authority reported that India is on the verge of being a power surplus nation. For a country accustomed to power shortages, this may appear to be a major step towards reliable electricity supply. But surplus power has not eliminated shortages. In particular, rural India continues to face power cuts.

What explains this paradox?

Surplus power occurs when the power available with distribution companies at a given time exceeds the demand for electricity. A surplus could arise due to a fall in the demand for power, for instance, during an industrial slowdown. Or it could result from an increase in power supply, for instance, when a new generating station is added. Insights from various states show that the burgeoning surplus is more due to an increase in power supply, as we explain in a subsequent article. Read More…

 

 

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