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Lockdown impact: Dip in electricity demand hits coal-fired power generation

During 2019-20, the average Plant Load Factor (PLF) tumbled to 55.5 per cent owing to a decline in power demand and increasing traction from renewable power sources

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Lockdown | electricty in India | power demand forecast

Jayajit Dash  |  Bhubaneswar 



power, electricity, plant, renewables, thermal
Further, April 2020 also saw global private equity leader KKR enter the Indian renewable infrastructure sector, acquiring 317 MW of solar from Shapoorji Pallonji Solar Holdings

Coal-fired generation has borne the brunt of the erosion of electricity demand induced by Covid-19 pandemic. In the first 33 days of this fiscal (till May 3), coal-based generation slumped 33,000 Gw hours, indicating that coal-fired generation suffered 100 per cent of the power demand loss, compared to its 71 per cent share in total generation, said a report by US-based think tank- Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

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First Published: Tue, May 05 2020. 18:15 IST

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