An economy's growth, development, ability to handle global competition is all dependent on the availability, reliability and quality of the power sector. As the Indian economy continues to surge ahead, electrification and electricity services have been expanding concurrently to support the growth rate. The demand for power is growing exponentially and the scope of growth of this sector is immense.


India's electricity generation capacity has been increasing continuously to meet the needs of the rapidly growing economic activity of the country. Total installed capacity of electricity generation has expanded from 105,045.96 MW at the end of 2001-02 to 145,554.97 MW at the end of September 2008. In fact, India ranks sixth globally in terms of total electricity generation.

Total Installed Capacity (As on September 30, 2008)




State Sector 75,837.93 52.5
Central Sector 48,470.99 34.0
Private Sector21,246.05 13.5
Total 145,554.97 100
Source: Ministry of Power, India.