According to independent research organisation CREA, a decreased pre-monsoon coal stock at thermal power plants in India suggests another power crisis in July-August.
The present coal supply in pithead power stations is 13.5 million tonnes, with a total of 20.7 million tonnes at all power plants around the country.
According to the newest research from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air, “the data collated from official sources suggest that coal power plants are in no position to meet even a slight surge in power demand, and there is a need to prepare for coal transportation well in advance.”
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In August, India’s Central Electricity Authority predicts a peak power consumption of 214 GW.
Furthermore, average energy demand could rise to 1,33,426 million units, up from 1,33,426 million units in May.
“With the arrival of the southwest monsoon, mining and coal transportation from mines to power plants would be severely hampered… “If coal inventories are not replenished to acceptable levels before the monsoon in July-August 2022, the country may face yet another power crisis,” CREA said.
It further claimed that the country’s recent power issue was caused by “distribution and official apathy,” rather than coal output.