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Achievements and Initiatives during the last 2 years by the Ministries for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy



  • Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), the most comprehensive power sector reform ever, to turnaround DISCOMs through efficiency improvements. UDAY bonds worth about Rs. 1 lakh cr. issued in 2015-16
  • Landmark amendments in the Tariff Policy to promote electricity for all, efficiency to ensure affordable tariffs, environment for a sustainable future and ease of doing business to attract investments
  • State specific Action Plans for 24 X 7 ‘Power for All’ signed for 21 states and union territories, and finalised for another 12 states and union territories
  • Rationalised movement of 2.3 cr. tonnes coal leading to potential annual savings of Rs. 1,371 cr.
  • Mobile applications and websites to ensure accountability and transparency –
    • Grameen Vidyutikaran (GARV) app to help citizens track rural electrification under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)(http://garv.gov.in/)
    • Vidyut PRAVAH app created to provide real time information of electricity price and availability(http://www.vidyutpravah.in/)
    • Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) app to keep track of LED distribution (http://www.ujala.gov.in/)
    • Coal Allocation Monitoring System (CAMS) to give information regarding coal price, availability and utilisation (http://coalapps.gov.in/cas/)

Power Generation

  • Highest ever conventional power capacity addition of 46,543 MW in 2014-16
  • Revived stranded gas based power generation plants of capacity 11,717 MW with supply of Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas through transparent e-auction in 2015-2016

Power Transmission

  • Power Grid commissioned transmission projects worth Rs. 30,300 cr. in 2015-16 – an annual growth of 39%
  • Transmission projects of around Rs. 1 lakh cr. initiated in 2015-16
  • Highest ever increase in transmission lines by 50,215 ckm in 2014-16 which, is about 1.5 times higher than 33,855 ckm in preceding 2 years of 2012-14
  • Highest ever increase in sub-station capacity by 1,28,403 MVA in 2014-16
  • 71% increase in transmission capacity to South India 

Power Distribution

  • Lowest ever energy deficit of 2.1% in 2015-16 as reported by the States
  • 7,108 villages electrified in one year against the initial target of 2,800 under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)
  • Rs. 1.4 lakh cr. outlay for sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure improvement in urban and rural areas through Integrated Power Development Scheme and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana respectively 

Energy Efficiency

  • LED distribution – more than 9 cr. LED bulbs distributed in 2015-16 registering a 150 times growth against 6 lakhs in 2013-14
  • Procurement price of LED bulbs reduced from Rs. 310 for a 7W bulb in January 2014 to Rs. 54.90 for a 9W bulb
  • Energy efficient LED fans and agricultural pumps launched


  • Transparently auctioned 31 coal blocks and allocated 43 coal blocks from the 204 coal licenses that were cancelled by the Supreme Court in 2014
  • Coal bearing States to get potential revenue of over Rs. 3.44 lakh cr. over the lifetime of the mines, from auction and allocation of these coal blocks
  • Highest ever growth in coal production by Coal India of 7.4 cr. tonnes during a two year period. Production increase was 3.2 cr. tonnes in 2014-15 (6.9% growth) and 4.2 cr. tonnes in 2015-16 (8.6% growth)
  • Eliminated coal shortage in thermal power plants with plants having critical coal stock level (less than 7 days) from two-thirds to none
  • Reduced import bill by more than Rs. 24,000 cr. as a consequence of increased domestic production of coal
  • 100% crushed coal supply by Coal India to all power plants operationalized in 2015-16
  • Quadruple washeries capacity from 3.7 to 15 cr. tonnes with 15 new washeries by 2017-18
  • Third party sampling of coal to resolve disputes between coal companies and power utilities

New & Renewable Energy

  • Increasing overall renewable capacity by more than 5 times to 175 GW by 2022
  • Largest ever wind power capacity addition of 3,423 MW in 2015-16 exceeding target by 43%
  • Biggest ever solar power capacity addition of 3,019 MW in 2015-16 exceeding target by 116%
  • Solar projects of capacity 20,904 MW were tendered in 2015-16. Of these 11,209 MW are already awarded and 9,695 MW are in process
  • International Solar Alliance of 121 tropical countries to develop and promote solar energy, to be headquartered in India
  • Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet (Re-Invest) held in 2015. Received total commitments of 266 GW by Power Producers and 41 GW by Manufacturers
  • Sanctioned 33 Solar Parks of capacity 20,000 MW in 20 states
  • Rs. 38,000 cr. Green energy corridor being set up to strengthen transmission of renewable energy
  • Clean Environment cess increased 8 times from Rs. 50 to Rs. 400 per tonne to finance Clean Energy Projects and Ganga Rejuvenation
  • Sale of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) increased by about 62% to 49.6 lakh in 2015-16 as compared to 30.6 lakh in 2014-15
  • 31,472 Solar Pumps installed in 2015-16, higher than total number of pumps installed since beginning of the programme in 1991

 Corporate Social Responsibility

  • 1.28 lakh toilets constructed for school boys and girls under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan