Significant capacity of India’s thermal power lying unused

Last Modified: Sat Sep 03 2016 11:09:43 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 35%
    of India’s total thermal power capacity, or 104 GW, is lying unused , even as the rest is running at a shade over 55% utilization owing to inadequate demand.
  • 5,650 MW
    installed capacity of plants that have neither power supply contracts with any distribution company nor supply of coal.
  • 9,316 MW
    installed capacity of plants that do not have power supply agreements but do have coal supply contracts.
  • 3,300 MW
    installed capacity of plants that do not have power purchase agreements and despite Coal India's assurance of supplies, have not been receiving coal.
  • 6,360 MW
    installed capacity of plants that do have power supply contracts with distribution companies but are lying shut due to non-availability of coal.
  • 2,940 MW
    installed capacity of plants that have managed to sign power purchase agreements and have letter of coal supply assurance from Coal India but have not been receiving coal from the state-run miner.
  • 72,000 MW
    installed capacity of plants that are not operational for a variety of reasons such as a) water shortage, b) equipment failure and c) operations have turned uneconomical due to age of equipment.