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News Brief | October 2012

Power generation to up by 10.4%: Report

Power generation in India is expected to grow by 10.4 per cent in 2012-13 as generation from thermal and nuclear sources is to be added, according to a recent report released by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). Total power generation grew by 8.8 per cent in June 2012, mainly driven by strong growth in thermal generation.

In the country, the coal-based generation is expected to grow by 14.8 per cent in 2012-13. Increase in generation capacity is likely to fuel the growth in coal-based generation. In 2012-13, the coal-based generation capacity is expected to increase by around 18,500 mw.

The report added that nuclear power generation is expected to grow by 17.1 per cent in 2012-13. A rise in capacity and improved availability of uranium is likely to result in a strong growth in nuclear generation.

However, hydel power generation is expected to grow with a minimal space of 0.8 per cent in 2012-13 as compared to the earlier estimate of 4 per cent. During April-June 2012, hydel power generation fell by 8.4 per cent.

Low water levels due to weak monsoon in the reservoirs took a toll on the level of hydel power generation in the June quarter. Due to low reservoir levels, less water is expected to be released for hydel power generation in the coming months.

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