India's coal-fired power generation dipped 1.5% year on year in the first half of September, while renewable energy production jumped 53.6%, showed data from the country's government.
India's coal-burning power utilities have to increase coal imports due to coal stock shortage since a month ago. The increase in renewables generation might ease current shortfall.
The country's power generation output growth declined to 1% during the period, compared with 16.1% in the first half of August, according to data from the Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO).
As of September 13, the average coal inventory in Indian utilities can only cover six days of usage, almost a three-year low.
Production of wind electricity has jumped 100% in the first half of September, while solar generation was also 18.6% higher, offsetting the reduction of 5.3% and 33.7% from hydropower and natural gas.
The share of coal-fired power against India's power mix declined from 66.5% in the first half of August to 65.7% in the first half of September, and that of renewables rose from 11.9% to 12.1%.
(Writing by Rebecca Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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