Power shortage last fiscal at lowest level of 2.1 percent

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Power shortage in India during the last financial year was at 2.1 percent, thus recording the lowest level in a single year, parliament was informed on Thursday.

“During 2015-16, the energy shortage was 2.1 percent, which is the lowest ever in a single year,” Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

The minister also said that India is currently importing power only from Bhutan, which has a surplus from hydroelectric power stations commissioned in that country with India’s assistance

During the last financial year, about 5 billion units (BU) of energy was imported from Bhutan, Goyal said.

In reply to another question, he said that during the 12th Plan period, a target of 88,537 MW was fixed for capacity addition, that excludes 30,000 MW from renewal energy sources. Against this, cumulative capacity addition of 84,990.7 MW has been achieved as on March 31, 2016.



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