Top Power Companies In India

Unnati More Nov 27, 2023 15

India is the world’s third-largest producer and second-largest consumer of electricity, with an installed power capacity of 423.35 GW (As of July 2023, Report by IBEF, India Brand Equity Foundation). The primary aim of India’s power industry has always been the development of conventional forms of energy to meet the growing energy needs at a reasonable cost.

India’s power sector is one of the most diversified sectors in the world – with power generation from conventional sources such as coal, hydro, nuclear power, natural gas, oil, and lignite to viable non-conventional sources like wind, solar, domestic, and agricultural waste.

In 2021, India ranked fourth in wind power, renewable power, and solar power installed capacity. It is the only country among the G20 nations on track to achieve the targets under the Paris Agreement. If government plans are successful, the shared electricity generated through renewables will increase to 40% by 2030.

Power consumption in India in FY23 logged a 9.5% growth to 1,503.65 billion units (BU). 

Electricity demand in the country has increased rapidly and is projected to rise further in the upcoming years. To meet these increasing demands and to turn the country from one with a power shortage to one with a surplus, the Ministry of Power has made significant efforts over the past few years by establishing a single national grid, fortifying the distribution network, and achieving universal household electrification. 

  • The Ministry of Power has identified 81 thermal units that will replace coal with renewable energy generation by 2026 to meet India’s 500 GW renewable energy target and tackle the annual issue of coal demand-supply mismatch.
  • In the Union Budget 2023-24, the government allocated INR 7,327 Crore for the solar power sector, including grid, off-grid, and PM-KUSUM projects.
  • Schemes such as – Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) and the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) – are likely to augment electrification across the country.

The government’s initiative to increase electricity generation capacity has seen many power companies in India receiving a considerable investment boost to fulfill the country’s growing power needs.

Take a glance at India’s leading Power Companies –

1. NTPC Limited

NTPC Talcher Thermal Power Plant, Odisha

NTPC Limited is India’s largest power utility engaged in the generation and sale of electricity. It deals with generating electric power through coal-based thermal power plants. The company has 50 power stations comprising 26 coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, a large and a small hydro, 15 solar PV, and 39 subsidiary & JV power stations.

NTPC’s primary business segments include power generation along with other business lines, such as coal mining, oil, and gas exploration, re-gasification, providing consultancy, project management, and supervision. Established in 1975, NTPC aims to be the world’s largest and best power major.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity73.8 GW
Sub-division15.98 GW through joint ventures (JV)/ Subsidiaries
Under construction18 GW
SubsidiariesNTPC Electric Supply Company Limited
NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited
Kanti Bijlee Utpadan Nigam Limited
Bhartiya Rail Bijlee Company Limited
Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited

Ongoing projects: 


2. Adani Power Limited (APL)

APL Tiroda Power Plant, Maharashtra

Adani Power Limited (APL) is the world’s first company to set up a coal-based supercritical thermal power project registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) of the Kyoto Protocol. It deals with generating electric power through coal-based thermal power plants and coal trading.

The company is headquartered at the Mundra Thermal Power Plant, Gujarat and has Thermal Power Plant subsidiaries in Tiroda (Maharashtra), Kawai (Rajasthan), Udupi (Karnataka), Raigarh & Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Singrauli (Madhya Pradesh), and Godda (Jharkhand). It also has a 40 MW solar power project in Gujarat.

APL focuses on selling the power generated from its projects under a combination of long-term Power Purchase Agreements and on a merchant basis.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity15.25 GW
Sub-division4,620 MW at Mundra, 3,300 MW at Tiroda, 1,320 MW at Kawai, 1,200 MW at Udupi and Singrauli, 1,370 MW at Raipur, 600 MW at Raigarh, 40 MW (solar) at Kutch, Gujarat, 1,600 MW at Godda
Under construction1600 MW (via the proposed expansion of its existing 1200 MW (2×600 MW) power plant at Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh)
SubsidiariesAdani Power Maharashtra Limited 
Adani Power Rajasthan Limited 
Udupi Power Corporation Limited 
Adani Power Resources Limited

Ongoing projects:

Adani Green Setting Up World’s Largest 20-GW Hybrid Park In Gujarat


3. TATA Power

Tata Power Mundra Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP), Gujarat

Tata Power Company Limited is part of the Tata Group and is one of India’s largest integrated power companies. It deals with generation, transmission, distribution, and new-age energy solutions. The company has a diverse portfolio of generating and distributing power from thermal, hydroelectric, and renewable energy resources.

The company is headquartered at Trombay Thermal Power Station, also known as Tata Power Station (TPS) in Mumbai. TATA Power has thermal power stations located in Mundra (Gujarat), Jojobera and Maithon (Jharkhand), Kalinganagar (Odisha), Haldia (West Bengal), and Belgaum (Karnataka). The hydro stations are in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, and the wind farms are in Ahmednagar, Supa, Khanke, Brahmanwel, Gadag, Samana, and Visapur.

The company aims to reduce the carbon footprint and promote the use of clean energy.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity14.384 GW
Sub-division8805 MW via Thermal power, 1705 MW via solar power, 931 MW via Wind power, 447 MW via Hydropower, and 375 MW via Waste heat/ BFG power
Under construction18 GW
SubsidiariesTata Power Renewable Energy Limited
Tata Power Trading Company Limited
TP Ajmer Distribution Limited
TP Southern Odisha Distribution Limited
Tata Power Solar
Tata Power Delhi Distribution
North Eastern Electricity Supply Company of Odisha
Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha
TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited

Ongoing projects: 


4. NHPC Limited 

NHPC Nimoo Bazgo Hydroelectric Plant, Jammu & Kashmir

NHPC Limited, formerly known as the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation, is an Indian public sector company established in 1975. It is owned by the Government of India and operates under the Ministry of Power. NHPC Limited is one of India’s largest hydropower development organizations, dedicated to planning, development, and implementation of hydroelectric projects. Over the years, NHPC has expanded its focus to include other renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, tidal, and wind.

NHPC Limited has a total of 25 power plants pan India, including 22 hydroelectric power plants – six in J & K, five in Himachal Pradesh, two in Sikkim, two in Madhya Pradesh, two in West Bengal, two in Ladakh, two in Uttarakhand, and one in Manipur. The two wind power plants are in Rajasthan, while the solar power is in Tamil Nadu.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity10.489 GW
Sub-division7097.2 MW through renewable power, 1520 MW through subsidiaries 
Under construction12 projects with a total capacity of 5882 MW under clearance, and two projects with a total capacity of 890 MW in the survey and investigation stage.
SubsidiariesNHDC Limited
NHPC Renewable Energy Limited
Ratle Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd
Loktak Downstream Hydroelectric Corporation Ltd
Lanco Teesta Hydro Power Pvt Ltd
Bundelkhand saur Urja Ltd

Ongoing projects: 


5. JSW Energy

JSW Energy Vijaynagar Power Plant, Karnataka

JSW Energy Limited, a part of JSW Group, is one of India’s leading private-sector power-producing companies engaged in power generation, transmission, and trading. It specializes in minimizing environmental impacts, employing cutting-edge innovation, managing operations, and enhancing social and economic benefits.

The company operates several thermal power plants in Vijayanagar (Karnataka), Barmer (Rajasthan), and Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), solar power plants in Rajasthan, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh, and hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity9.8 GW
Sub-division3,158 MW via Thermal power, 1,461 MW via Wind power, 1,391 MW via Hydropower, and 667 MW via solar power.
Under construction3 GW
SubsidiariesTotal 19 subsidiaries

JSW Neo Energy Ltd
JSW Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd
JSW Green Energy Ltd
JSW Hydro Energy Ltd
JSW Power Trading Company Ltd

Ongoing projects:

Envision Energy secures 653 MW Wind project from JSW Energy


6. SJVN Limited

SJVN Buxar Thermal Power Plant, Bihar

SJVN Limited, formerly known as Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam, is an Indian public sector power-producing company involved in hydroelectric power generation and transmission. The company was established in 1988 as Nathpa Jhakri Power Corporation, a JV (joint venture) between the Government of India (59.92%) and the Government of Himachal Pradesh (26.85%).

SJVN is presently operating power projects in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Gujarat, Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Odisha, Mizoram, and Madhya Pradesh. Apart from these, the company also has under-construction hydroelectric projects in Nepal and Bhutan.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity2100 MW
Sub-division1912 MW through two hydropower plants – Nathpa Jhakri and Rampur, 97.6 MW through wind power and 81.9 MW through solar power
Under construction4500 MW
SubsidiariesTotal 19 subsidiaries

SJVN Green Energy Ltd
SJVN Thermal Pvt Ltd
SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company Pvt Ltd (SAPDC)

Ongoing projects: 


7. PSPCL

PSPCL Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant, Punjab

Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) is a government-owned corporation responsible for the generation and distribution of electricity in Punjab. It was established in 2010 and is headquartered in Patiala, Punjab. PSPCL operates several thermal and solar power plants in Punjab and hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh.

PSPCL mainly focuses on generating electricity through coal and natural gas along with other renewable energy sources such as solar and wind farms. PSPCL not only ensures a stable and reliable power supply but also illustrates the company’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship to meet Punjab’s evolving energy needs.

Key Parameters:

Total generation capacity1760 MW
Under construction206 MW Hydroelectric power plant at Shahpurkandi, Pathankot

Ongoing projects:

PSPCL floats tender for 1 GW Solar Project


8. Powergrid Corporation of India

POWERGRID Substation

Power Grid Corporation of India Limited is a public sector transmission power company under the ownership of the Ministry of Power and is engaged in the power transmission system for evacuation of central sector power. It is also responsible for the planning, implementation, operation, and maintenance of inter-state transmission systems and national and regional power grids.

The company’s transmission sector includes extra-high voltage (EHV)/ high voltage (HV) networks and grid management. It also owns 275 EHV AC (Alternating Current) and HV DC (Direct Current) substations. The consultancy sector of Powergrid includes planning, design, engineering, load dispatch, procurement management, operation and maintenance, financing, and project management.

Key Parameters:

Total transformation capacity512,601 MVA
Sub-division15.98 GW through joint ventures (JV)/ Subsidiaries
Under construction18 GW
SubsidiariesTotal 41 subsidiaries

Power System Operation Corporation
Powergrid Teleservices Ltd
Jaypee Powergrid
Poweergrid Southern Interconnector Transmission System Ltd

Ongoing projects:

Power Grid to build 20,000 INR-Crore Green Energy Corridor-II in Ladakh


Note: The total generational capacities of the aforementioned companies in this article are derived from the press release by PIB in May 2023 and are subject to change or may have been updated since then.


 REFERENCES:

https://www.ntpc.co.in/

http://www.adanipower.com

https://www.tatapower.com/

https://www.jsw.in/energy

http://www.sjvn.nic.in

http://www.nhpcindia.com/home.aspx

https://pspcl.in/

http://www.powergrid.in/

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1943391

https://powermin.gov.in/en/content/power-grid

https://www.ibef.org/industry/power-sector-india/showcase

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