Power Plants India Becomes Fifth Biggest Producer of Electric Energy

Editor: Dominik Stephan

With additional 5,355 megawatts in the third quarter of 2011 the country exceeds the 180 gigawatt benchmark for the first time.

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(Picture: PROCESS India)
(Picture: PROCESS India)

Dehli/India – India's installed power generation capacity now exceeds 180 gigawatt, making India the world's fifth biggest producer of electric power in the world (following the U.S., China, Russia and Japan). During the third quarter of 2011 another 5,355 megawatts (MW) of capacity were added to the country's generation base. India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) states that currently 30 thermal power plants, powered by fossil fuels such as coal, gas and diesel, account for 118,695.98 MW, or approximately 65% of the total installed capacity. Hydroelectric plants generate 21.22% of India's electricity, while nuclear power units, at an installed capacity of 4,780 MW, contribute only 2.62%. Other renewable sources acount for around 11% of India's generation capacity.

Most of the installed power plants are gathered in Western India (56,251.89 MW), especially in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Souther India with its industrialised states like Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, has a capacity of 49,399.59 MW and is a major consumer of electric power. The installed capacity of the eastern region stands at 25,568.62 MW. The installed generation capacity of the island regions has been pegged at 76.12 MW, which is 0.04% of the total capacity.