Hydro power generation grows after two­years

Hydro power generation in the country posted a marginal growth of under a percent in FY 17 after two­years of consecutive dip in FY 16 and FY 15 over the respective corresponding period. This year the CEA has fixed a target of 141 billion units of hydro power generation, an increase of 15.6 per cent over the last financial year. The water based renewable energy generation stood at 122.3 billion units in FY 17 compared to 121.3 billion units in FY16 primarily due to better precipitation in the country. The generation has been affected by scanty and scattered rains in the last few years in the country. The generation witnessed an increase of 0.77 per cent in FY 17 after it dropped by 6% in FY 16 and 4% in FY15 compared to the respective corresponding period. Primarily, drought like conditions in South and low water level in reservoirs has affected the generation in the last fiscal. It has reduced availability of low cost power to states like Punjab and Haryana.

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