Green shoots emerge in power sector: India Ratings
The government’s policy measures aimed at improving fuel availability and the financial health of state utilities seem to have helped revive the power sector, according to India Ratings & Research.
“Green shoots are emerging in the power sector due to the Indian government’s FY13 and FY14 policy measures towards solving two key issues – fuel risk and poor financial health of state power utilities,” the Fitch Group company said in a statement.
According to the firm, the past three years (FY11-FY13) were the worst for the sector due to the weak financial health of state utilities on account of tariffs that did not reflect cost, reliance on short-term power that is usually costlier, high aggregate technical and commercial losses and delayed receipts of subsidy.
Power entities had also suffered due to factors such as lack of fuel, high interest rates, foreign-exchange losses and regulatory risk leading to low investor interest, ..