New Delhi: Rising demand is expected to keep electricity prices elevated in short-term. According to India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra), the all-India energy demand continued to recover in August 2021 by 17.8 per cent Rising demandYoY to 129.4 billion units (BU).
“There was a recovery of demand in all the major manufacturing states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu,” Ind-Ra said in a report.
“Additionally, the all-India energy demand increased marginally.”
The average short-term price at Indian Energy Exchange increased significantly to Rs 5.06 per kWh during August 2021. This was as the difference in the buy and sell bids turned positive.
“The average short-term price for a day peaked at Rs 9 per kWh during August. The average short-term price for the first 20 days of September remained Rs 4.08 per kWh.”
Electricity generation (excluding renewables) increased 16.8 per cent YoY to 120.8BU in August 2021.
“The plant load factor of coal-based power plants improved to 59.27 per cent in August 2021.”
“Thermal generation contributed around 80 per cent to the overall power in August 2021.”
In addition, the report said that electricity generation from renewable sources improved by 13.6 per cent in August 2021 to 16.4BU, led by a 35 per cent YoY improvement in the solar power generation to 5.24BU, despite a marginal 2 per cent YoY decline in wind power generation to 8.75BU.