The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has released the draft
Electricity Plan (NEP) for the five-year period starting 2017 and ending
2022. The plan forecasts incremental energy savings through improved power
quality, grid stability and minimizing transmission losses. The CEA has
projected that during the five-year period, 2017-2022, the country will save
249 billion units of electricity. “The
draft NEP is open for comments now,” stated
an official at CEA.
The CEA has estimated that the peak demand and energy
requirement in the five-year period, 2017-2022, to be 235,317 MW and 1,611
billion units, and for the five-year period, 2022-2027, to be 317,674 MW and 2,132
billion units. The government agency also expects the share of non-fossil fuel
based installed capacity (nuclear+ hydro+ renewable sources) will increase to
46.8 percent of total generation capacity by the end of FY 2021-22 and will
further increase to 56.5 percent by the end of FY 2026-27.
The NEP takes into account, short- and long-term demand
forecast for different regions and suggests areas for generation and
transmission capacity additions. Their recommendations are based on the
economics of generation and transmission, losses in the system, load center
requirements, grid stability, security of supply, quality of power including
By expanding the scope of on-going programs, launching new
programs and missions, introducing cost-effective energy efficient products,
services and knowledge, and enforcing mandatory energy saving programs, the CEA
projects a reduction in energy demand beyond
the five-year period, 2017-2022, of 337 billion units for the next five-year
The CEA expects solar capacity in India to reach 18,673 MW
by March of 2017, with total renewable energy capacity rising to 59,674 MW. The
government agency has projected that a minimum of 41,237 MW of solar will be
installed in the five-year period, 2017-2022.
CEA is giving top-priority to solar, hydro, wind, gas and nuclear based
capacity due to their inherent advantages as India sets to meets its Paris
Agreement goal of generating 40 percent of its electricity from renewable
energy sources. The Government of India has planned to add 1,75,000 MW of renewable energy by the end of FY 2021-22.