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Government Initiates Several Steps to Meet Challenges of Adequate Power Supply
Aims to Generate 9, 30,000 million units electricity for the year 2012-13
The minister of state (independent charge) for power Shri Jyotiraditya scindia informed Rajya Sabha today that the electricity generation target for the year 2012-13 is 9,30,000 million units (MU) comprising 3,87,005 MU in the Central Sector (including Bhutan import), 3,72,787 MU in the State sector and 1,70,208 MU in the Private Sector. The capacity addition target for the year 2012-13 is 17,956 MW comprising 802 MW hydro, 15,154 MW thermal and 2,000 MW nuclear capacities, the minister said this while replying to a question in Rajya Sabha.
Power Sector is facing numerous challenges and efforts are being made by the Government to address them. These challenges include inter-alia shortage of fuel such as coal and gas, poor financial health of Distribution Companies (DISCOMS), transmission and distribution losses, etc. Several steps have been initiated by the Government to meet the challenges of adequate power supply. These include inter alia setting up of additional generation and transmission capacity along with steps to ensure adequate supply of fuel such as coal and gas, schemes for financial restructuring of the state distribution companies (DISCOMS) so as to ensure their long term viability, the minister said. The estimation of demand is made by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) through Electric Power Survey (EPS) which is conducted by CEA every five years to forecast the electricity demand in the country on short, medium and long term basis. Partial End Use Methodology (PEUM), which is a proven method for demand forecasting has been used for forecasting the demand for the 17th EPS by CEA. Therefore, the estimation of electricity demand is not a reason for power sector crisis in the country, the minister added.
Source : PIB