India’s power grids are struggling to meet the resurgent energy demand

Highlights

  • India has faced a persistent shortage of electricity since the beginning of October.
  • The rapidly growing energy demand and lagging supply are creating a shortage of electricity.
  • The power plants in the country are facing an acute shortage of fuel to meet the planned generation.

India has faced a persistent shortage of electricity since the beginning of October as the country’s power plants were unable to fulfill the rising electricity demand as the economy rebounds after last year’s coronavirus recessions.

The rapidly growing energy demand and lagging supply are creating the shortage of electricity in China and increasing gas prices in Asia and Europe.

The power crisis has been building for few weeks, initially due to a fall in coal stocks followed by a deterioration in the frequency of the grid. India has a grid frequency target of 50 Hertz, with controllers aiming it to lie between 49.90Hz to 50.05Hz to keep the network is a safe and reliable condition.

India’s power grids are struggling to meet the resurgent energy demand

However, the average frequency has tumbled below target since the beginning of October, increasing the shortfall and indicating a chronic electricity generation shortage.

Shortage of Coal

Thermal power plants which are run by coal were unable to operate as per the demand of customers and generation plan. The cumulative power production since the beginning of April has tumbled 21.5 Terrawatt hours behind the plan. Currently, the power plants have fallen 21.7TWh behind the plan from a deficit of 9.7TWh at the end of August.

Coal

Coal | Source: © Natalibabinska | Megapixl.com

The power plants in the country are facing an acute shortage of fuel to meet the planned generation. The plants across the nation are currently holding an average of just four days of fuel relative to 19 days in the same month during 2020.

Various states of the country are facing power outages as the grid is struggling to meet the high levels of demand.

Bottom Line

India is facing a persistent shortage of electricity since the beginning of October due to an acute shortage of fuel. The power plants in the country are holding an average of just four days of fuel.

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