India’s electricity demand picks up in October as coal shortage persists, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

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CHENNAI: India’s electricity demand increased 4.9% in the first half of October, with supply 1.4% lower than demand despite a 3.2% increase in coal production and 30% of solar production, according to a Reuters analysis of government data.

The increase in economic activity after the second wave of the coronavirus increased the demand for electricity, leading to a supply shortfall due to a coal shortage that forced northern states to cut electricity this this month up to 14 hours a day

Rapidly increasing demand for electricity and high global coal prices have pushed utilities to seek out coal – India’s main source of electricity generation – despite record supplies from the part of the state Coal India, a quasi-monopoly on coal production.

The share of coal in India’s electricity production jumped to nearly 70% in the first fortnight of October, from an average of 66.5% throughout September, according to an analysis of regulator data of the POSOCO network.

Almost three-fifths of India’s coal-fired capacity currently has coal stocks that would last three days or less, according to data from the Federal Energy Ministry.

The average stock of coal held by power plants would last four days, two-thirds less than the 12-day average two months ago.

In early September, the energy minister of this energy-hungry country asked authorities to consider diverting coal to power plants with extremely depleted stocks and to reduce inventory targets to 10 days instead. 14 days, to allow the coal to be moved to the areas with the greatest deficit.

A reallocation of coal supplies over the past two months has resulted in an increase in the number of power plants with 1-3 days of fuel, while the number of power plants with more than a week of stock has declined, the data shows. of the Ministry of Energy.

Yet the number of non-charcoal utilities rose to 18 on October 12 from 1 on August 12.


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