India is set to become power surplus this year. The country is likely to produce 1.1% more power than necessary, compared with a deficit of 2.1% last year, show government estimates.
The peak-period surplus is estimated to be 2.6% against last year’s deficit of 3.2%. But there will still be pockets facing high deficit due to transmission constraints, a report prepared by the Central Electricity Authority said. Demand or supply during evenings, when power consumption rises the most, is taken for peak-period measurements. The annual peak demand or supply is the sum total of demand or supply during that period. “State-wise power supply position shows that almost half of the states would be either surplus or balanced, and the remaining states would face both peaking and energy shortages in varying degrees during 2016-17,” said SD Dubey, chairman of the Central Electricity Authority. “However, the actual shortage would depend on the extent to which the state is able to get additional power from the surplus states.”