Total diesel generation capacity estimated at 72 GW, growing at 5GW a year - Feedback

The total capacity of diesel generators in India is estimated at 72 gigawatts, about 25% of the installed capacity of power plants, and growing at the rate of 5 GW a year, the Economic Survey said.

The total installed capacity of thermal, hydro and renewable power plants in the country is 288 GW. The survey tabled in Parliament on February 26 said that data from the Central Electricity Authority suggests that large industries with electricity consumption greater than 1 megawatt own about 14 GW of diesel generators. “A substantial portion of the rest (58 GW) may be contributed by micro and small industries, with load capacities of less than 1 MW,” it said.

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