Coal-fired power generation is expected to grow 4.05 per cent during 2017-18, suggests Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in its latest estimates. Hydel on the other hand is expected to grow 5.52 per cent, while nuclear will grow only about 2.43 per cent during the same year. CEA has estimated that coal-fired power plants are likely to generate 9,58,444 million units of power in 2017-18. I n contrast it had estimated a total generation of 9,21,129 million units of power in 2016-17. About 89 per cent of the estimated power generation from coal-fired power plants has already been achieved between April 1, 2016 and January 2017. The estimate pegs growth of conventional power generation, which includes thermal, nuclear, hydel and import from Bhutan, at 4.35 per cent during 2017-18. Around 12,29,400 million units of power is likely to be generated from the conventional sources in 2017-18 against 11,78,000 million units in 2016-17. All coal-based thermal power plants need to brace for drastic fall in capacity utilization to as low as 48 per cent by 2022 as additional non-thermal electricity generation capacities come on stream, CEA said. CEA has predicted that by 2022 many thermal power plants may have to be kept idle for lack of demand. Installed capacity from different fuel types at the end of 2021-22 in base case works out to be 523 gigawatt.
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