The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is working on an electricity plan for the next 5 years, which will try to gauge the demand for power in the country. A draft of the 13th National Electricity Plan is expected in a month, officials said.
"We are working on 13th national electricity plan for five years and a perspective plan for the next five years," said CEA chairman S D Dubey.
Dubey added that "the plan used to demand that projections be made state-wise" and that at this time, "we are undertaking demand at discom level".
The CEA will map some 78 distribution companies across the country in the process. The 12th plan (2012-17) had estimated a capacity addition of about 76,000 MW to meet the demand projections, of which 63,000 MW would be coal-based.
Officials added that an inter-regional transmission capacity of 37,800 MW was projected during the period and added that with the rise in renewables – in solar generation along with the impetus from government – an installed capacity of 100GW of solar was expected by 1-2 years from 19,000 MW in 2015-16.
"We are working on standards on construction, operation and maintenance of power equipment for renewable electricity systems for grid stability," Dubey added, while indicating that as per the 12th plan, 40 per cent of power projects were super critical.
The number is set to increase in the years to come.