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India's power crisis: The devil lies more in the cost than in the crunch

New far-off plants are costlier and start supplying power much after the older ones have been run at peak. This summer, despite the call to phase out plants over 25 years, they've proved their worth

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Power generation | power crisis | electricity in India

Subhomoy Bhattacharjee  |  New Delhi 



India's power crisis: The devil lies more in the cost than in the crunch

By Monday, May 9 evening, power engineers at India’s National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) in New Delhi ought to have been worried. Demand for power had shot up by 10 Gw in just 24 hours. For comparison, the scale of rise meant India’s power demand had added two Sri Lankas in one day.

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First Published: Wed, May 11 2022. 16:30 IST

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