Publisher’s letter

Access to electricity plays a key role in socio-economic growth of any economy. It is also essential for livelihoods and community services such as education and healthcare. In India, the demand for electricity has increased rapidly and is expected to rise further in the years to come. In order to meet the increasing demand for electricity in the country, massive addition to the installed generating capacity is essential. As per the 19th Electric Power Survey, the peak electricity demand is expected to touch 226 GW by 2021-22, 299 GW by 2026-27, 370 GW by 2031-32, and 448 GW by 2036-37. However, the new capacity addition especially in the thermal power sector has seen remarkable fall during the past one year.

In a recent move, the Supreme Court struck down the Reserve Bank of India’s ‘February 12 order’ which stated a time-bound resolution of bank loans. The said RBI order mandated banks to take the defaulting companies to insolvency. “We found RBI’s February 12 circular to be ultra vires (acting or done beyond one’s legal power or authority),” the apex court ruled. Experts believe, the power companies will be immensely benefitted from the Supreme Court’s order that had set strict norms for bad loan resolution, easing the concerns of some debt-laden companies and stringent bankruptcy process.

This time, we present to you an in-depth analysis on Indian power sector road map, with a focus on capacity addition. Hope you will enjoy reading this issue as always.

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Publisher & Editor-In-Chief