India power: the problem with surplus capacity

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Following some early success by Tata and Torrent Power, investing into power generation in India seemed like a no-brainer. Yet, a large pipeline of new power capacity is coming online, but the utilities have limited appetite to buy more power. Wood Mackenzie estimates that the surplus generation capacity could reach 25 GW by 2015, if reforms are not undertaken to unlock stronger power demand growth.

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Table of contents

  • India entering into power surplus?
  • Capacity buffer is generally a good thing, but India's case is different
  • India has not fulfilled its economic promise
  • Load shedding continues despite surplus capacity
  • Elections may boost power demand growth in 2014
    • Peak tariffs should reflect the cost for purchasing peak power
    • T&D losses are still the hidden elephant in the room
  • ...and the time is ticking down

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This report includes 10 images and tables including:


  • Power situation across states
  • Utilisation factors for grid capacity
  • Growth in generation capacity (2005 - 2013)
  • GDP breakdown by sectors
  • Power demand and share of industrial demand
  • India power: the problem with surplus capacity: Image 6
  • Range of power tariffs in key states*(2013)
  • Growth in grid vs captive generation
  • Regional grids in India and the main interconnectors
  • Breakdown of cost structure in select states (2013)

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