India Power Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the power.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, Industry Forecasts, BMI's Petrochemicals Risk Reward Index, Economic Forecasts, Company Profiles and Global, Regional and Country Industry Overviews.

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BMI View: Our view that power sector reforms would be a top priority for Modi's government is playing out , with progress in the Indian renewable energy segment and an improv ement in fuel availability for thermal generation. That said, in vestment in India's power grid infrastructure remains a priority . R eforming power tariffs will also be fundamental to ensuring sustainable supply and achieving Modi's power expansion ambitions.

Headline Power Forecasts (India 2015-2021)
2015 2016f 2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f 2021f
e/f = BMI estimate/forecast. Source: EIA, UN, BMI
Generation, Total, TWh 1,246.980 1,329.300 1,421.900 1,508.310 1,602.570 1,697.110 1,799.000
Consumption, Net Consumption, TWh 1,035.7 1,107.2 1,189.1 1,264.0 1,342.4 1,425.9 1,511.4
Capacity, Net, MW 259,929.9 278,899.8 302,195.8 324,025.2 344,996.7 365,153.8 389,498.8

Latest Updates And Structural Trends

  • The sizeable coal power project pipeline and the widespread availability of coal - from low cost Asia seaborne imports and growing domestic production - will ensure coal will remain the dominant fuel choice for India's power sector, despite growth in alternative sources, such as nuclear and renewables. We forecast coal to contribute 64% to India's power generation mix in 2025.

  • Soft LNG prices, alongside strong consumption growth, import capacity expansion and implementation of government policies in favour of cleaner-energy sources such as natural gas and renewables will ensure that India's LNG off-take remains on a firm uptrend over the next five years (2016-2020).

  • Since coming to power, the government has relaxed several environmental rules to make it easier for companies to develop new projects. Small and medium-sized coal miners can now expand production by 50% without public consent, while polluting industries can operate closer to national parks. This relaxation of environmental laws has translated into a major reduction in red tape for the power sector and significant progress has been made with clearing the backlog of projects awaiting environmental approval.

  • India will maintain its position as a key global renewables market, as ongoing support from the government drives growth. Floating solar power will grow increasingly attractive, as it allows developers and investors to overcome limitations in land usage that are associated with large, utility-scale solar projects. Power markets in hotter climates will also deploy the technology in order to prevent water reservoir evaporation and improve solar power efficiency through water-based cooling. Meanwhile, the implementation of wind capacity auctions in India will help support growth in the country's wind sector, boosting India's chances of meeting its ambitious installation targets. The development of the interstate electricity trading of wind power will, however, be crucial, as wind capacity deployment remains limited to only a handful of states with favourable wind conditions.

  • The nuclear deal with the US in January 2015 and with Russia in December 2014 reinforces India's commitment to nuclear as a source of power, and highlights potential for more nuclear power projects in future. We forecast nuclear power generation to grow by an annual average of 6.9% between 2016 and 2025, but will monitor progress in the industry closely, with the potential for an upwards revision to our generation and capacity forecasts over the coming quarters. That said, we highlight pricing, funding and limited public support for nuclear power will remain key challenges to sector growth.

BMI Industry View
Table: Headline Power Forecasts (India 2015-2021)
Industry Forecast
India Snapshot
Table: Country Snapshot: Economic and Demographic Data (India 2015-2019)
Table: Country Snapshot: Economic and Demographic Data (India 2020-2025)
Table: Country Snapshot: Power Sector
India Power Forecast Scenario
Thermal Power Generation And Capacity
Nuclear Power Generation and Capacity
Hydropower Generation And Capacity
Renewables Generation And Capacity
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (India 2014-2019)
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (India 2020-2025)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (India 2014-2019)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (India 2020-2025)
Electricity Consumption
Table: Total Electricity Consumption Data And Forecasts (India 2014-2019)
Table: Total Electricity Consumption Data And Forecasts (India 2020-2025)
Transmission & Distribution, Imports & Exports
Table: Electric Power T&D Losses Data And Forecasts (India 2014-2019)
Table: Electric Power T&D Losses Data And Forecasts (India 2020-2025)
Table: Trade Data And Forecasts (India 2014-2019)
Table: Trade Data And Forecasts (India 2020-2025)
Power Risk/Reward Index
Asia Power RRI: China's Score Slipping, India Pushing Ahead
Table: Asia Power Risk/Reward Ratings (Scores Out Of 100)
India Power Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Key Policies And Market Structure
Regulation And Competition
Sustainable Energy Policies
India Power Projects Database
Table: India - Top 10 Power Projects By Capacity
Competitive Landscape
Power Grid
National Thermal Power Corporation
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation
Nuclear Power Corporation Of India
Company Profile
National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC)
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
Regional Overview
Asia - Asia Power: Shifting Fuel Dynamics, Coal Still King
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Methodology And Sources
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Power Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The India Power Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts covering electricity generation (coal, gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and non-hydro renewables), electricity consumption, trade, transmission and distribution losses and electricity generating capacity.

The India Power Report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

Key Benefits

  • Use BMI's independent industry forecasts for India to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic planning in the power market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks India's power sector through our reviews of latest power industry trends, regulatory changes, and major deals, projects and investments in India.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Competitive Landscape analysis.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis, covering power markets, regulatory changes, major investments, projects and company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the power sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI’s Power Forecast Scenario

Forecasts to end-2024 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:

  • Generation: Electricity generation total, thermal, coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, hydropower, hydro-electric pumped storage and non-hydropower renewables.
  • Transmission and Distribution Losses: Electric power transmission and distribution losses.
  • Trade: Total imports and exports.
  • Electricity Consumption: Net consumption.
  • Electricity Capacity: Capacity net, conventional thermal, nuclear, hydropower and non-hydroelectric renewables.

BMI’s Power Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (power companies, service companies and equity investors) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors,

Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sector; overview of the industry landscape and key players; an assessment of the business operating environment, sustainable energy policies, pricing and the latest regulatory developments.

Key Projects Database

Details and analysis of all current and planned developments (new ventures, capacity expansion and other investments) across the sector broken down by location, sector type, capacity, value, companies and operational status.

Competitive Landscape

Illustration of the power industry that exploits our data-rich, in-depth analysis of the leading players in the sector and examination of operational results, strategic goals, market position and the potential for investment.

Power Outlook long-Term Forecasts

Regional long-term power forecasts covering electricity generation, consumption and capacity for thermal, hydroelectric and nuclear power. These are supported by a country specific  overview, alongside an analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts.

Regional Overview

Providing BMI’s near-term economic outlook for the region as a whole, as well as taking a close look at countries of particular interest and the latest trends and developments.


The Power Market Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports, including Energy Information Administration (EIA), World Bank (WB) and United Nations (UN).