Weekly Power Sector Round up: 19th March 2022

India’s generation capacity greater than peak demand: Power Minister

India is not facing any power crisis as the installed electricity generation capacity stood at 395.6GW as against the peak demand of 203GW recorded in 2021-22, Power Minister R K Singh informed the Rajya Sabha.

In another reply to the House, the minister told the House that as per the information compiled by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the import of coal reduced to 22.7 MT (million tons) during 2021-22 (April-January) as against 39 MT during the same period last year, mainly due to high imported coal price in the international market.

India adds 1.2GW open access solar capacity in 2021: Mercom India

India’s solar open access installations witnessed a sharp growth during 2021 with the country adding 1.2GW of open access solar capacity during the year, according to Mercom India. The country had installed 383 megawatt (MW) of open access solar capacity in 2020, the research firm said.

According to the report, Uttar Pradesh topped in installation of open access solar capacities in 2021, followed by Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. The top five states made up for 80 per cent of the total installations during the year.