Coal-fired power generation recorded an increase of 9.26% to 1,02,529 million units (UM) in April compared to the year-ago period.
This comes as the country faces an electricity crisis.
Thermal power generation was CU93,838 in April 2021, according to official data.
“Coal-based power generation recorded growth of 9.26% in April 2022 compared to April 2021 and growth of 2.25% compared to March 2022,” he said.
Thermal power generation in April also rose 2.25 percent from 1,00,276 MU in March, he added.
Overall power generation last month rose 11.75 percent to 1,36,565 MU from 1,22,209 MU a year ago, he added.
“Total power generation also increased in April 2022 to 1,36,565 MU from 1,33,584 MU in March 2022,” he said.
The Coal Ministry had previously said that the current energy crisis was mainly due to the sharp decline in electricity generation from different fuel sources and not the unavailability of domestic coal.
In an interview with PTI, Coal Secretary AK Jain had attributed the low stocks of coal at power plants to several factors such as increased demand for electricity due to the boom in the economy after the pandemic, the ‘early arrival of summer, the rise in the price of gas and imported coal. and a sharp decline in electricity production by coastal thermal power plants.
He added that a series of measures were already underway to improve the total electricity supply in the country.
Gas-based electricity generation, which has dropped drastically in the country, has aggravated the crisis.
Coastal thermal power plants are now producing around half of their capacity due to the sharp rise in the price of imported coal. This results in a gap between demand and supply of electricity.
The secretary had said that the states in the south and west were dependent on imported coal. And when domestic coal is shipped by railcars/rakes to power plants in these states to compensate for the loss of imported coal production, the turnaround time for rakes is over 10 days, creating rake availability issues for other power stations.
Since last year, the railways have loaded more coal than ever, even reducing rake supply to other sectors to meet increased demand from the power sector. There was a good load of rakes in March.
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