The state of ‘power’ in the country disclosed under RTI
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by the Ministry of Power has shown some interesting facts and figures. The region-wise capacity is as under:-
- The Western region has the maximum of 32.51 per cent of the total installed capacity of 2,05,340.26 MW.
- Northern region 66,068.14 MW (27.30 per cent);
- Southern region 53,156.61 MW ( 25.89 per cent);
- Eastern region 26,837.91 MW (13.06 per cent);
- North Eastern region 2,454.94 MW (1.19 per cent); and
- Islands 76.12 MW (0.03 per cent).
The distribution of power in terms of the source of generation is as under:-
- The maximum of installed capacity of power in the country relates to thermal power, which accounts for 1,36,436.18 MW (or 66.44 per cent) of the total installed capacity.
- coal contributed the maximum of 1,16,333.38 MW (85.26 per cent),
- gas accounted for 18,903.05 MW (13.85 per cent).
- The installed capacity of nuclear power was just 2.32 per cent at 4,780 MW.
- Hydro power was 39,291.40 MW and
- The renewable energy source was 24,832.68 MW.
In respect of the ownership, the reply to the RTI application further revealed that:
- The State ownership of power plants is 86,275.40 MW, amounting to 42.01 per cent of the total capacity
- The Central ownership is 62,078.63 MW (30.22 per cent) and
- The private ownership is 56,991.23 MW (27.75 per cent).