• Tamil Nadu’s power requirement is expected to touch 1,86,106 million units in 2031-32, from 1,09,914 million units in 2021-22, according to the 20thElectric Power Survey of India report from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) that functions under the Union Ministry of Power.
  • The CEA conducts the survey of the country every five years for estimating the demand for medium- and long-term periods. The findings of the 19thsurvey were published in January 2017. The survey included a demand forecast in an optimistic scenario for 2021-22 to 2031-32, based on the achievement of targets set by the government under initiatives, like the National Hydrogen Mission, aimed at impacting the power demand.
  • According to the distribution company-wise data shared in the report, Tamil Nadu’s peak demand is expected to touch 28,291 MW by 2031-32, compared with 16,899 MW in 2021-22.
  • Among various categories, domestic consumption is expected to increase to 61,575 million units in 2031-32 from 31,606 million units in 2021-22. The share of the domestic category in overall consumption is expected to increase to 38% in 2031-32 from 34% in 2021-22.

  • The share of industrial consumption is expected to increase to 19% in 2031-32 from 18% in 2021-22. The report also did a demand forecast in a moderate scenario. In such a scenario, Tamil Nadu’s power demand would be 1,75,391 million units in 2031-32. The peak demand would touch 26,662 MW. The Handbook of Statistics of Indian States 2021-22, released by the Reserve Bank of India, puts Tamil Nadu’s installed power capacity at 35,139 MW in 2021-22.
  • According to the Energy Department’s policy note for 2022-23, the total installed capacity from conventional sources is 16,652.20 MW. Tangedco’s own thermal power capacity is 4,320 MW and the Central generating stations account for 6,972 MW.
  • Electricity Minister V. Senthilbalaji has said the State was planning to add 20,000 MW of generation capacity by 2030.


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