‘India may face another power crisis in July-August’

India may face another power crisis in July-August a recent report conducted by independent research organisation CREA has said. A lower pre-monsoon coal stock at thermal power plants in India is suggestive of another power crisis in July-August. The current coal stock stands at 13.5 million tonnes at pithead power stations and 20.7 MT cumulatively at all power plants across the country.

The Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) has predicted a peak power demand of 214 GW in August. In addition, the average energy demand could also increase to more than what it is in the month of May to 1,33,426 million units (MUs). It also said the recent power crisis in the country was not due to coal production but “distribution and official apathy”. India saw a record coal production of 777.26 million tonnes (MT) in the financial year 2021-22 against 716.08 MT in FY21, an increase of 8.54 per cent.

 

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