India’s economic growth is inextricably intertwined with power availability. The correlation between GDP growth and addition to power generation capacity is close to 1. This means that to support a sustained GDP growth of say 9%, our country needs a similar growth in generation capacity, year after year. And this does not address the already existing deficit.

Wartsila commissioned a study to arrive at the judicious mix in the Indian context. The state of Maharashtra was chosen for this case study. We looked at two scenarios: An As Is” scenario where growth in generation capacity happens pre-dominantly through addition of base-load plants ( as per XI and XII Plans) and an alternative scenario based on a mix of base-load generation and peaking plants with their inherent feature of high efficiency & flexibility of operation.

The results from the Maharashtra case study were extrapolated to arrive at an all-India macro-picture. The study clearly establishes that the scenario evolving with Plan B which suggests introduction of High Efficiency – High Flexibility – Distributed Power (HEHFDP) technology in the generation mix would offer the following significant benefits that can be readily monetised by the nation.

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  M Rajagopalan

   Market Development Director Asia & Middle East
   Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
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