India's coal-fired power generation grew by 9.4% year on year in the first half of September, thanks to recovering industrial activity, Reuters reported citing Indian government's preliminary data.
Its total electricity generation increased by 1.6% from the year prior during the same period, mainly impacted by stronger power usage in Maharashtra and Gujarat states.
Data from the CEA showed coal-fired power accounted for 70% of India's electricity output in 2019, while the share dropped to 60% alongside increased renewables during coronavirus lockdown period.
Coal India, the largest coal producer in the country, produced 37.17 million tonnes of coal in August, marking the first increase in five months in a row.
According to data from the POSOCO, coal power's share rose to nearly 66% in India in the first half of September, hitting a new high after a 71.2% slice in March this year.
Data showed that industrial and commercial demand accounted for half of India's total power demand during the same period. Despite a still rising number in local newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 pandemic, most states of India have lifted lockdowns and industrial plants have resumed production.
In the first 15 days of September, India's gas-fired power generation rose about 8% year on year, while solar power output grew by one third. Hydro and wind power generation declined by over 10% and 50%.
(Writing by Tammy Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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