Coal rose to the occasion when India’s power demand peaked at a new high of 187.3 Gigawatt (GW) on Friday, helping meet supply for the record single day surge in electricity consumption by supporting 78.6 per cent of the total power generation.
“Of the total 3.906 Billion Units (BU) generated on 22 January, coal-fired generation chipped in the bulk with 3.072 BUs. CIL is well geared to meet any surge in demand for the dry fuel from the power sector especially on the back of close to 63 Million Tonne stock at its pitheads,” Coal India (CIL) said in a statement.
The previous high for the country’s power demand occurred on 20 January when consumption rose to 185.82 GW. “The company is also pushing ahead for increased production, committed to shore up the supplies to coal fueled power plants,” the company said.
Around 67 per cent of the total coal fired power generation in the country is fueled through CIL supplies. Of the 199 GW of coal-based power programmed for generation, per day during the ongoing fiscal 133 GW is scheduled from CIL linked coal.