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News Brief | January 2013

India's power generation goes up despite fuel shortage

The minister of state for power, Jyoti­raditya Scindia informed the Rajya Sabha recently that the country's power generation capacity has gone up from 86,015 MW  at the beginning of the 11th Plan (i.e. 1st April, 2007) to 1,31,603 MW at the end of 11th Plan i.e. 31.03.2012 in spite of shortage of fuel. As on December 4, out of 90 monitored thermal power stations, 38 power stations had coal stock of less than seven days. The corrective steps being taken by the Government are: (i) Ministry of Coal/Coal India (CIL) is pursued periodically to enhance supply of coal to the power stations in the country. (ii) Thrust on ramping up production of coal by captive coal block allotees from existing mines and expedite commissioning of new coal blocks. (iii) CIL has been directed to sign fuel supply agreements (FSAs) with power plants that have entered into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with DISCOMs and have been commissioned/would get commissioned on or before March 31st 2015.  

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