Gujarat’s power generation from coal-fired power plants halved in October, as private-sector plants struggled to generate electricity due to soaring prices for imported coal.
The state’s thermal coal-based power generation fell 56% to 3,465 GWh (gigawatt hours) in October 2021, from 7,877 GWh in the same month last year, shows the provisional monthly report of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for October.
The sharp reduction in electricity production by private sector power plants, including those running on imported coal, lowered total electricity production from coal plants in October.
Private sector production from coal plunged 70% to 1,858 GWh from 6,142 GWh. Production was only 32% of the target production of 5,839 GWh for October 2021, according to the report.
“The surge in imported coal prices has mainly affected production at private sector power plants,” said KK Bajaj, an energy and regulatory expert in the city. State-imported coal-fired power stations halted production as production had become unsustainable due to high prices for imported coal.
“On the other hand, the shortage of domestic coal has impacted the output of state-run power plants,” Bajaj added.