India recorded a low power supply deficit of 0.7 percent in
the eight-month period from April to November, 2016-17. Over 777,506 million
units of electricity was produced, 1.05 percent less than the targeted 785,744
million units, stated the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
The supply deficit is 0.7 percent and the peak deficit
stands at 1.6 percent. Compared to the same period in financial year (FY)
2015-16, both the supply deficit and peak deficit dropped by half.
According to a CEA report, India’s energy deficit touched an all-time low of 2.1 percent in
The CEA expects that India will witness supply and peak
surpluses by the end of the current FY of 1.1 percent and 2.6 percent
power deficit numbers are misleading and consumers are experiencing regular
power cuts throughout the country. The reduction in the power deficit is
largely due to a combination of drop in power demand in the commercial and
industrial sector, and the poor financial health of DISCOMs,” said Raj Prabhu, CEO of Mercom
reported that the CEA estimated peak demand and energy requirements in the
five-year period 2017-2022 to be 235,317 MW and 1,611 billion units; for the
five-year period 2022-2027, 317,674 MW and 2,132 billion units will be needed.