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India’s electricity generation crosses 1 trn units a yr, first time

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  • India’s electricity generation touched the 1 trillion units mark during 2014-15 for the first time, showing a growth of 8.4 per cent over the previous year. Since 1991-92, the compounded annual growth rate of electricity generation has been around 5 to 6.6 per cent.
  • The biggest contributor was the coal-based power stations which recorded an annual growth rate of 12.1 per cent. Out of 22,566 Mw added during the year 2014-15, the contribution of thermal power sector was significant i.e. 20,830 Mw (92 per cent of the total).

Benefits

  • The government data analysis also said due to huge capacity addition along with higher generation and improved transmission capacity resulted in reducing electricity energy shortage from a level to 3.6 per cent from 7 to 11 per cent during the last two decades.

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