Hydro power generation in the country has made a resounding recovery in the current financial year much ahead of monsoon that has just drenched the Southern coast. The overall generation has jumped by 30 per cent for month of April compared to same month in the last year as the generation has picked across the country.
The increase in generation is buttressed by output in hydro power projects of National Hydro Power Project Limited (NHPC) and SJVNL that witnessed growth of 31 per cent and 102 per percent respectively for April compared to the last year. The overall generation in the country had dropped by 17.5 per cent in April in 2016-17.
This year the rise in hydro power generation much before monsoon signals revival in the output that was marred by scanty rains in the last few years. “The higher generation is due to better hydrology due to rains and snowfall in the winters this year,” a senior official of NHPCL said. “The generation is expected to overcome the impact of less rain that had affected the generation in the last two years,” the official maintained.
JSW Energy, private sector company headed by Sajjan Jindal posted a phenomenal 115 per cent increase in generation for the month. The company runs 1000 MW and 300MW project based in Himachal Pradesh. The National Thermal Power Corporation’s 800 MW Koldam project also posted 92 per cent increase in generation.
While heavy snowfall in winters have buttressed the generation in Northern states including Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand, the pre monsoon rains boosted the generation in states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. All state owned generators have shown growth in generation apart from PSPCL in Punjab, KSEB in Kerala and KCPL in Karnataka.
The hydro power generation has been patchy in the last five years witnessing an increase of 0.77 per cent in FY 17 after it dropped by 6 % in FY 16 and 4% in FY15 compared to the respective corresponding period.
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