- Decline in power generation from other sources
- The northern states were reported to be in darkness for 14 hours
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During the first 12 days of October, the country’s electricity supply fell by 750 million kilowatts per hour. That’s a decrease of 1.6 percent. The figures show that this is the worst performance in five and a half years. There are indications that the country may go dark if things get worse. This month’s famine alone will account for 21.6 percent of this year’s famine. With just days to go in October, power shortages are expected to cause a major rift in the figures.
Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar were the worst hit. The supply deficit ranges from 2.3 per cent to 14.7 per cent. Increased economic activity after the second wave of the corona virus put the demand for coal in crisis. The northern states of Bihar, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have been forced to cut off power for up to 14 hours a day. According to government figures, the capacity of power plants fell from 11 gigawatts to 6 gigawatts on Tuesday due to shortage of coal.
Coal accounts for more than 70 per cent of India’s electricity generation. Coal-fired power plants generate 208.6 gigawatts of electricity. It accounts for 54 per cent of India’s installed electricity capacity. India’s dependence on coal has increased to 69.6 per cent in October. It was 66.5 per cent in September. Coal shortages are also a setback as power generation from wind and water is declining. About 60 per cent of India’s 135 coal-fired power plants have only three days’ worth of coal left.
Renewable energy also fell to 8.34 percent in October. The sector’s contribution in September was 11.33 per cent. Energy production from water has also declined by 1.3 per cent. The downturn in the power sector will prolong the country’s comeback. Inflation is also likely to rise as operations are disrupted. Electricity rates will also go up. The possibility of the country going dark if the famine intensifies cannot be ruled out.