India generates 811 billion units Electricity in 2010-11

India saw an electricity generation of 811 billion units 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 (BU) 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…,” CEA said in its report.

According to the agency, coal-based generation was constrained due to just 92.6 per cent materialisation of the requirement of coal.
A capacity of 12,160 MW was added in the last fiscal after adding 9,585 MW in 2009-10.
On the other hand, nuclear and hydro plants exceeded their power generation targets in 2010-11. This was on the back of good availability of nuclear fuel and better monsoons.

“The nuclear generation (26.3 BU) achieved a remarkable growth rate of 41.04 per cent due to improved availability of nuclear fuel to the nuclear plants,” CEA said.As per its data, power generation from hydro plants also touched 114.3 BU in the last fiscal, a 10 per cent rise compared to 2009-10. The growth was due to revival of good monsoon after two successive years of deficient rainfall conditions.The government”s working group on power, that includes representatives from the private sector, is looking at various issues related to the power sector such as ways to boost capacity addition.The Planning Commission recently said the country needs at least 1,00,000 MW of new power capacity during the 12th plan period.