Economy

India generates 811 bn units electricity in 2010-11

| Updated on: Apr 24, 2011
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India saw an electricity generation of 811 billion units (BU)in the last fiscal, marginally lower than the set target, primarily on account of shortage of coal and water.

The country, which needs enhanced infrastructure and power capacity to sustain high growth trajectory, had targeted an electricity generation of 830.8 billion units in 2010-11.

Latest figures from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) show that power generation stood at 811.1 BU in 2010-11.

However, the figure represent a growth of over five per cent as against 768.4 BU achieved in 2009-10 financial year.

The statistics exclude generation from plants having capacity of 25 MW capacity.

In the last fiscal, the electricity generation from thermal power sources stood at 664.9 BU compared to the target of 690.9 BU.

“Growth of thermal generation was mainly restricted due to coal shortages, receipt of poor quality/wet coal, closure of some units in the Western region due to acute raw water shortage...,” the CEA said in its report.

Published on April 24, 2011

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