The power ministry has finalised a generation target of 1,178 billion units (BU) for 2016-17, against 1,137.5 BU in 2015-16.
The ministry has also projected energy surplus of 1.1 per cent and peak surplus of 3.1 per cent during FY17, compared with energy shortage of 2.1 per cent and peak shortage of 2.6 per cent last year. Of the current year’s target, 999 BU was estimated to be generated through thermal power, 134 BU from hydro, 40 BU from nuclear and 5 BU imported from Bhutan. The power ministry has firmed up these estimates based on month-wise anticipated energy requirement and availability as well as peak demand, especially in the wake of increase in generation thanks to capacity addition, coal supply and transmission network. The ministry had estimated a generating capacity addition of 16,654.5 Mw in 2016-17 compared to 17,346 Mw a year ago.