The gross energy generation in the country has been assessed as 1,265 billion units (BU) from the conventional power plants in operation and those expected to be commissioned during the year in consultation with generating companies/SEBs (State Electricity Boards) and taking into consideration the proposed maintenance schedule of the units during the year.
The anticipated availability of 1,398.7 BU of energy during the year 2018-19 is based on the generation programme of 1,265 BU in respect of conventional generation sources. The generation programme from fossil fuel-based generating sources has been arrived at after ensuring full utilisation of the energy that is likely to be available from nuclear and renewable energy sources.
The contribution from coal and lignite-based generating stations to the generation programme is 1,044.29 BU. However, in case, the power demand in the country rises beyond anticipated level or if the contribution from renewable energy sources is less than projected, then coal and lignite-based generating stations can contribute additional energy of the order of 300 BUs during the year, provided adequate fuel is available, the report stated.