Maharashtra tops the list of states with maximum power plants that have not generated electricity over the last one year. Overall, 26 power plants have shut down since June 2015 across the country totalling 5,574 MW, more than one of the so-called Ultra Mega Power Plants.
The details of these closed plants were revealed by Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal in reply to a question in the Lok Sabha last week.
Of these 26, Maharashtra accounted for a lion’s share of six power plants, which together had an installed capacity of 3,026 MW. Andhra Pradesh comes second with two plants with a capacity of 614 MW not producing any power for the last one year.
The reasons for closure of plants in Maharashtra are varied. One plant had to be shut down because its operations were not viable. A couple of power producers had to close because of lack of fuel supply – both coal and gas. The biggest among them all, Mahagenco’s Parli thermal power station with a capacity of 1,380 MW had to shut down because of a lack of water.
The inability of customers to lift power that have already been produced and transmission constraints were cited as other reasons for the shutdown of these plans. The minister’s reply also talked about a government scheme to revive stranded gas-based power plants and e-auction of coal as examples of steps taken to revive these plants.