India’s Power Sector achieves record 250 GW Demand met


New Delhi: In a significant achievement for India’s power sector, the country has met a record maximum power demand of 250 GW on 30.05.24. Moreover, all India non-solar demand met has also touched an all time high of 234.3 GW on 29th May, reflecting the combined impact of weather-related loads and growing industrial and residential power consumption in these areas.

On 30th May, Northern region also achieved a record demand met, reaching an all-time high of 86.7 GW, while the Western region also touched its maximum demand met of 74.8 GW.

Additionally, all-India thermal generation hit an all-time high, achieving a peak of 176 GW (ex-bus), especially during non-solar hours.  A key contributor in this has been strategic implementation of Section-11, which facilitated the maximization of generation from imported coal based plants as well as gas based plants. This surge further underscores the significant capacity and operational efficiency of India’s thermal power plants, which continue to be a backbone of the nation’s energy mix.

Support from Renewable energy sources especially solar during solar hours and wind during non solar hours is also very significant in meeting the demand. These achievements are a testament to the coordinated efforts of various stakeholders in the power sector, including government agencies, power generation companies, and grid operators. Their commitment to enhancing generation capacity, optimizing resource allocation, and implementing policies has been instrumental in meeting the country’s energy needs.

As per a report by LiveMint – India’s final energy demand is expected to double to about 1,200 Mtoe (millions tonne of oil equivalent) by 2070 in a net-zero scenario with aggressive energy efficiency measures in place, according to a report. A report titled ‘India’s energy-transition pathway: A net-zero perspective by FICCI and Deloitte India’, has projected that the country requires a massive $15 trillion in investments to achieve its net-zero emissions target by 2070. It has highlighted three fundamental pillars–grid decarbonisation, industrial decarbonisation, and transport transition–which collectively anchor India’s energy transition ambitions and are expected to address approximately 90% of the nation’s current emissions.

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