India doubles down on solar, gas at coal's expense as electricity use falls

Published May 5, 2020, 7:20 PM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Reuters

CHENNAI – India’s solar and gas-fired electricity generation rose in April even as overall power demand fell at the steepest monthly rate in at least thirteen years, a Reuters analysis of provisional government data showed.

Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, July 2, 2015. (REUTERS/Amit Dave / MANILA BULLETIN)
Workers clean photovoltaic panels inside a solar power plant in Gujarat, India, July 2, 2015. (REUTERS/Amit Dave / MANILA BULLETIN)

Solar-powered electricity generation rose 16.9%, accounting for a record 5.6% of the country’s total output, while gas-fired power output was 13.7% higher, an analysis of daily load despatch data from state-run power operator POSOCO showed. However, wind-powered electricity generation fell 11.4%.

Electricity generation from coal – India’s primary source of electricity – fell 32.3% to 1.91 billion units per day, the data showed, with its contribution to overall electricity generation falling to 65.5%, compared with an average of over 73.7% last year.

“Solar production was ramped up in the southern states, while gas-fired power plant operators in the west used cheap imported gas to address peak demand,” a senior power ministry official said, adding that many coal-fired utilities were shut for maintenance.

 
CLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP
 

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

["news","news"]
[2004668,2731220,2731216,2731164,2731210,2731179,2731149]