NTPC Kaniha with an installed capacity of 3,010 Mw (10 Mw solar capacity), is one of the select power stations going for load regulation. This super thermal power station, one of the largest in the country, has been consistently operating at a PLF in excess of 90 per cent over the years. Presently, this power unit is operating at 85-86 per cent PLF.
NTPC’s average PLF across all its plants has fallen from the peak level of 92 per cent in 2007-08 to 78.5 per cent at the end of 2015-16. But, NTPC's load has been higher the industry average of 60 per cent.
Most of the NTPC owned coal-fired stations are operating at higher PLF (Plant Load Factor) compared to generators in the private sector. NTPC is lessening load at the coal-based plants at a time when the demand for conventional thermal power is diminishing and the chorus for adoption of emerging green energy sources like solar power gets louder.
In the list of the top 10 performing thermal power stations, six NTPC operated plants figure. Two of the NTPC owned power plants in Odisha- Talcher Thermal Power Station and the 3,010 Mw super thermal power station at Kaniha have been consistently maintaining PLF in excess of 90 per cent.
A report by Care Ratings on the power sector released in 2017 says PLF of thermal power plants has dipped from 77.5 per cent in 2009-10 to 59.88 per cent in 2016-17.