As per the data published by Central Electricity Authority, the early monsoon in the North India has led all time high hydro power generation with 6.04% rise to 31.28 Billion Units during the first quarter.
Due to the additional supply the demand-supply gap in the grid has been eased and due to which the power purchase rates has been reduced by one-third of the last year's level.
Hydro Power generation figures of some of the key hydro plant companies are:
- Generation of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited, country's largest hydro project of 1500 MW by 11.4 per cent to 2329 million units highest so far for the period.
- Jaypee Power owned Karcham Wangtoo, largest private hydro project, recorded 10 per cent higher generation . The generation is ever highest in any quarter for Karcham Wangtoo that has installed capacity of 4414 million units per annum.
- Rains pushed power generation in Bhakra Beas, key project in North, by 38 per cent over target set by the CEA. This all time high generation of 4,570 million units has ensured ever highest supply during summer months to states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh. It has enabled state run discoms to supply more power to agriculture.
Rains have come as a windfall for small hydro power producers who are recorded high plant load factor.
Such private producers have remained unaffected by volatility in price in open market as they have long term power purchase agreement with state governments.
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