Solar, Wind Bolster Thermal Power Amid Record Demand
POWER & RENEWABLE ENERGY

Solar, Wind Bolster Thermal Power Amid Record Demand

This summer, solar and wind energy have significantly aided thermal power in meeting India's record power demand. On May 30, 2024, renewables provided 15% of the total power, with peak demand reaching 250 GW. The Ministry of Power highlighted the crucial role of solar and wind energy in meeting this demand during specific hours. Thermal power contributed 176 GW, with coal being the primary source, supplying 68% of the total power.

South and North India were major contributors to renewable energy, with solar generating 421.19 MU, led by Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Wind energy generated 437.38 MU, predominantly from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan. North and West India saw peak demands of 86.78 GW and 74.85 GW, respectively.

On May 29, the peak demand was 246 GW, with renewables contributing 1,048 MU. The Ministry of Power emphasised the achievement of meeting a 250 GW demand, attributing it to coordinated efforts among government agencies, power companies, and grid operators. Measures like Section 11 of the Electricity Act, which allows the government to direct power generation in extraordinary circumstances, were crucial. This ensured the maximisation of generation from imported coal and gas-based plants, helping to avoid load shedding during high demand periods.

This summer, solar and wind energy have significantly aided thermal power in meeting India's record power demand. On May 30, 2024, renewables provided 15% of the total power, with peak demand reaching 250 GW. The Ministry of Power highlighted the crucial role of solar and wind energy in meeting this demand during specific hours. Thermal power contributed 176 GW, with coal being the primary source, supplying 68% of the total power. South and North India were major contributors to renewable energy, with solar generating 421.19 MU, led by Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Karnataka. Wind energy generated 437.38 MU, predominantly from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan. North and West India saw peak demands of 86.78 GW and 74.85 GW, respectively. On May 29, the peak demand was 246 GW, with renewables contributing 1,048 MU. The Ministry of Power emphasised the achievement of meeting a 250 GW demand, attributing it to coordinated efforts among government agencies, power companies, and grid operators. Measures like Section 11 of the Electricity Act, which allows the government to direct power generation in extraordinary circumstances, were crucial. This ensured the maximisation of generation from imported coal and gas-based plants, helping to avoid load shedding during high demand periods.

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