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Web Exclusive | April 2018

Hydro power generation grew 3 per cent

Hydro power generation in India grew over 3 per cent in 2017-18 after three-consecutive years of lean generation marred by below normal rains and less snowfall. Dry winter has affected the overall generation in the last quarter this year as well and snagged the generation at the country’s largest hydro company, National Hydro Power Corporation by 1.7 per cent compared to the last year. Less snowfall in North and scanty rains across country in period between January-March this year is likely to affect generation in the first quarter of next financial year as well. “The dependence on coal based power will be more till arrival of monsoon,” a senior official at Punjab State Power Corporation Limited said. During summers, the agrarian states including Punjab require additional power to cater to demand for irrigation. Despite less rains in winter, other Centre-owned major hydro companies namely SJVNL and NEEPCO posted increase of 2.5 per cent and 15 per cent in generation in the current financial year compared to the previous year. BBMB recorded 2.7 per cent increase in generation in the current financial year compared to the last year.

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