According to reports, the country suffered power generation loss of close to seven billion units from April to June this year, mainly on account of coal and gas shortage.
“During April-June, 2012, the power utilities have reported a generation loss of about 2.9 billion units due to shortage of coal and 4 billion units due to shortage of gas,” Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal said in the Rajya Sabha today.Overall, the country witnessed a peak power shortage of 9% from April to June this year. Peak power deficit is the shortfall in generation capacity during the time when the electricity consumption is the maximum.
“Electricity being a concurrent subject, the responsibility for its supply and distribution to different categories of consumers, lies with the concerned state government and power utilities in the state,” Venugopal said.
There is an overall shortage of power in the country in terms of energy and peaking power. The shortage varies from state to state on month to month, day to day ad hour to hour basis depending upon the demand and supply of power, he said.
Megawatt (MW) is used to refer to generation capacity, while Million Unit (MU) indicates the amount of power or energy produced. For instance, a 500 MW capacity plant running for 24 hours can produce 12 MUs of energy.
The government expects to generate around 9,20,000 MUs of electricity this fiscal, according to official data.
Out of the total, 7,60,000 MUs would be from coal-based plants. It plans to harness the hydro power potential of the country by adding over 1,22,000 million units during the same period.
The government might also import 5,000 MUs electricity from Bhutan during the fiscal, the data noted.