4,000 MW available in exchanges at around Rs 2 per unit: Goyal

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) With the power demand in summer at a peak, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that electricity is available at exchanges across India, and without network congestion, at rates around Rs 2 per unit.

“Summer afternoon power check: 4,144 MW available at Rs.2.13/unit across India,” Goyal said in a tweet.

“Check vidyutpravah.in,” he added.

This site, notifying availability of electricity and its price, says a surplus 4,144 MW is currently available at power exchanges at the average market clearing price of Rs 2.13 per unit.

The minister also said power generation growth has risen to 9.5 per cent this year so far, as against 5.65 per cent during the ten-year period from 2004 to 2014.

The power generation growth was recorded at 5.65 per cent between 2004 to 2014, 5.02 per cent in 2012-14, 7.03 per cent in 2014-16 and 9.5 per cent in 2016-till date, Goyal said in another tweet.

“87% reduction in energy shortage in just two years (110 million units to 14 million units) vidyutpravah.in,” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the power ministry announced on Monday that a total of 152 villages in nine states were electrified during the week ended July 3 under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna rural electrification programme.

At the state power ministers’ meeting held in Goa last month, the central and the state governments resolved to meet the target of taking electricity to all villages by the end of this year, ahead of the original deadline of May 1, 2018.

–IANS

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