Power generation, plant load factor, Rajasthan, power supply shortage, power sector, thermal generation The plant load factor (PLF) at coal-based power plants was 62.5% in January, more than two percentage points higher than the same month last year.
In what could be seen as a silver lining for the power sector, generation from conventional sources went up by 5.8% year-on-year in January to 101.1 billion units (BU). Since electricity cannot be stored, generation is the most robust indicator of demand. At 158.5 GW, peak demand for electricity in the first month of 2018 was 6.9% higher than the corresponding month the previous year. The peak demand in the ongoing financial year has been 164 GW, against current installed power capacity (including renewables) of 334 GW. For the first 10 months of FY18, the overall thermal generation went up by 4.1% to 1,003.1 BU.
The plant load factor (PLF) at coal-based power plants was 62.5% in January, more than two percentage points higher than the same month last year. However, although PLFs for government-run power plants improved, the same for private power plants slipped further to less than 55%. There was power supply shortage of 1.1% during the hours when electricity demand was the highest (peak deficit) in January. Rajasthan recorded a peak shortage of 158 MW (1.3%), second only to J&K at 580 MW (20%). The all-India peak deficit was 2% for the April-January period.