12 May 2012

Growth in Electricity Generation and Gross Domestic Product


The target for electricity generation in the country are fixed on year to year basis keeping in view factors such as present capability of the existing plants and duration of their scheduled planned maintenance including schedules for   R&M, schedule of commissioning/stabilization of new units, schedule of retirement of vintage units, anticipated fuel (such as coal, gas etc) supply. The installed capacity of coal/lignite based thermal power plants is 56% and of the total installed capacity, their contribution in electricity generation is about 70%.

            The details of growth in Electricity Generation and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the last five years given below.

Year

Growth in
Electricity Generation
Real GDP
(Factor Cost)#
2007-08
6.3%
9.3%
2008-09
2.7%
6.7%
2009-10
6.6%
8.4%
2010-11
5.1%
8.39%
2011-12
8.1%
6.88% (AE)
AE: Advance Estimate
#Source: Website of Planning Commission.

Changes in growth rate of GDP are affected by several factors including availability of electricity. Year to year variation in growth rate of GDP is not exclusively attributable to changes in growth rate of electricity.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Power Shri K.C.Venugopal  in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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