ADDING FLEXIBILITY TO INDIA’S ELECTRICITY SYSTEM


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PLF of coal plants.

India’s current approach of relying heavily on baseload coal-fired plants cannot adequately cope with variations in power demand. An 80:20 hybrid mix of coal plants and flexible gas plants would impart more flexibility and improve the system’s efficiency.

The Indian economy is the fourth largest in the world. Yet, weighed down by its large population of 1.2 billion people, the per capita income is among the lowest in the world. Similarly, India’s electricity system, with around 240 GW of installed capacity, is the fifth largest in the world. Yet its per capita utilization of electricity is just 917 kWh/person/year, which is well below the global average of 2900 kWh/person/year, and far below the 10,000 kWh/person/year of some of the more developed countries.



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