- The onset of the monsoon season should ease hydropower constraints in India. The country has suffered from prolonged drought due to the El Niño weather system which has affected rainfall in 10 of India’s 29 states mostly in the centre of the country. This has harmed hydropower generation, which fell by 19.6% year on year in March, putting it 18.2% below the government target. Hydropower generation in the 12 months to March 2016 was 6.1% lower than the 2014-2015 period.
- Hydropower accounts for 14.4% of India’s installed capacity. The shortfall in hydro generation has been offset by a 15.8% hike in thermal power generation, which makes up 70.7% of total capacity. Whereas hydropower capacity additions have been running at only around one-third of the target planned by the government, thermal additions have been 10.8% above target. Power shortages have been more severe in some states than in 2015 but outages have not been on the scale of the widespread blackouts of August 2012.