Power generation from renewables falls 24% in July

Electricity generation from renewable energy sources fell 24.2% y-o-y to 12,241.9 million units (MUs) in July as power production wind plants — which currently has the largest capacity share in the renewables portfolio — dropped significantly due to seasonal variations in wind-speeds. Wind power plants generated 6,489.8 MU in the month — an annual drop of 42.8%. Production from solar plants increased 24.2% y-o-y to 4,331.9 MU.

Electricity production from 88,041.9 MW of renewable energy-based plants fell despite the generation capacity being 9% higher than the year-ago period. The intermittent nature of power supply from renewable energy, coupled with limited hours of supply and low capacity utilisations of plants, render it unattractive for state-owned discoms, who have to spend more money to make backup arrangements when supply from these sources fail.

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