Capacity Addition Track of LHP in India – Examining the Key Policy and Regulatory Barriers to Hydro Power Development in India

Capacity Addition Track of LHP in India – The Cumulative Examination Hydro power in India has significant potential of above 140 GW and power generation from Large Hydro Projects (LHP) in India has gained a momentum over the past five years, marking a growth of over 13%. But, despite of this magnanimous potential , till date only 30% of India’s total economically feasible hydro power potential has been harnessed. Presently, India holds a total hydro power (LHP) installed capacity of ~ 45 GW as on June 2017. Of this total installed capacity, the hydro power capacity pulled up by state generation companies (GENCOs) stands to be ~30 GW as on June 2017, which means a share of more than 65%. The central GENCOs & the private fellows cumulatively holds  nearly 36% of the total share. It can be observed from Exhibit 1 that India witnessed an addition of ~ 5.2 GW in the large hydro power capacity from 2012-2017. Of this total capacity added during the course of last five years, maximum addition of close to 2GW was made from 2016 to 2017 . Year wise addition in the installed capacity of hydro power can be seen from Exhibit 2. The

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