Increased Power Generation Expected From Gas Plants

The Central Government has issued directions to Gas-Based Generating Stations (GBSs) across the country. These directions aim to maximize generation from GBSs. This order was dated April 12, 2024.

India’s electricity demand is rapidly increasing due to economic growth, particularly during hot summer months. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts above-average temperatures for most of the country during the 2024 summer season (until June).

Currently, 85% of non-solar hour electricity demand is met by coal and lignite generation. A significant portion of gas-based generation capacity remains underutilized due to commercial reasons.

The government aims to ensure sufficient power generation to meet the anticipated demand surge. This order requires GBSs to optimize their operational capacity during the upcoming high-demand period.

In February 2023, the government issued similar directives to ensure maximum generation from Imported Coal-Based Generating Stations (ICBs) during the previous summer. These directions were extended until June 30, 2024.

The government seeks to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply in the public interest while maintaining grid security.

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