The growth rate of electricity generation in the year 2016-17 (including renewable) was 5.8% while the growth rate in consumption (electricity supplied) of electricity was 4.1%.
The steps taken by the Government to address the gap between electricity generation and its consumption are:
- During the 12th Plan period (2012-17), a capacity addition of about 99,209 MW as against the target of 88,537 MW from the conventional sources and about 29,462 MW as against the target of 30,000 MW from renewable sources have been achieved.
- Adequate supply of the domestic coal to power plants has been ensured.
- During the 12th Plan period (2012-17), 1,10,370 ckm as against the target of 1,07,440 ckm of transmission lines and 3,31,214 MVA as against the target of 2,82,750 MVA of transformation capacity have been completed.
- The Government of India has taken up an initiative to prepare State specific Action Plans for providing 24×7 Power For All (PFA) in partnership with the States. The road map for all the States and UTs have been finalized and is under implementation.
- Two schemes which were launched by the Government of India: Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution networks and for segregation of agricultural feeders to give adequate and reliable supply of power and reduce line losses.
- The Government of India has taken several steps to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency and other demand side management measures.
- The Central Government notified Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme for Operational & Financial Turnaround of DISCOMs.
- Government of India has taken steps for expeditious resolution of issues relating to Environmental and forest clearances for facilitating early completion of generation and transmission projects.
- Government of India has planned an ambitious capacity addition target of 175 GW from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) by the year 2021-22.