Power hungry Delhi to double electricity consumption by 2014

The Central Electricity Authority has estimated that Delhi's power requirements will almost double in the next five years. In a report, the CEA said that Delhi's power consumption would rise to 8700MW from its curent level of 4500 MW.

BHEL has admitted that there has been little progress on the announced follow-on offerings (FPO). Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The CEA is a statutory body which advises the government on matters relating to the National Electricity Policy and formulates short-term and perspective plans for the development of electricity systems.

In the wake of the CEA findings, the Delhi government is contemplating setting up more gas-based power plants to increase its power generation capacity to 4,000 MW by 2017. Its current capacity is 1000MW.

In a report submitted to the Planning Commission, identifying priority areas, the Delhi government has also proposed setting up a separate entity to promote solar energy generation in a big way.

At present, Delhi gets 2,400 MW from the central quota, in addition to the 1,000 MW produced by the city's electricity generating stations.

Updated Date: Jul 10, 2011 10:26 AM

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