India grappled with peak power shortage of over 8,200 MW in January mainly due to scarcity of fuel, says a report by Central Electricity Authority.
As per the latest CEA Report, the country witnessed a peak power deficit -- shortfall in generation capacity when electricity consumption is maximum -- of 9.8 per cent or 8,291 MW in the month of January this year.
The total power requirement of the country in January stood at 84,616 MW of which 76,325 MW was met.
Even though there is a drop in the peak power deficit in January, a gap of 9.8 per cent is alarming, say experts.
The country had suffered a peak power shortage of 12,295 MW in December last year.
Country's southern region including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala was the worst affected with 15.6 per cent or 3,852 MW of power deficit.
Northern region, which includes Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, was the second-most affected with 10.2 per cent power deficit or 2,549 MW.
The least affected was Eastern region with a mere 3.7 per cent or 313 MW deficit, the report stated.
Separate CEA data stated that on an average 30 power stations had less than a week's stock of coal at their disposal in this month.
In the nine month period (April-January), the peak power deficit was close to 9 per cent or 73,381 MW.
The total power demand during the period was 8,33,230 MW of which 7,59,849 MW was met, the data said.