UDAY : Is the Sun finally rising on India’s ailing energy sector?

‘The weakest link in the channel through which electricity reaches our homes are the state owned distribution companies (discoms).’

With a total power production of 1048.6 BU, Indian power sector witnessed the steepest rise in its history at 8.4% (2014-15) led by an increase in thermal power generation of 10.8%. This rise can be attributed to the recently concluded coal e-auctions by the central government which also earned revenues of over 3.35 lakh crores to coal bearing states. Having said so, we must also be aware that the same year also witnessed the lowest Plant Load Factor in history, with power generation units producing at a mere 65% of their capacity.

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