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Present Scenario and Strengths:

The erstwhile Mysore State had the enviable and glorious position of establishing the first major Hydroelectricity generating station at Shivasamudram as early as 1902 for commercial operation.

  • Karnataka has always been at the forefront of power generation.
  • Karnataka has a total installed capacity of 11,439.74 MW. i.e., 6.7% of the total power generated in the country (Dec 2010).
  • Asia’s 1st major hydro electric generating station was set up in Karnataka in 1902 Karnataka ranks 2nd in installed hydro capacity at 3599.8 MW
  • Ownership share: State – 57%, Private sector -32%, Central – 11%
  • Proposed & ongoing projects of 18183 MW

Areas for investment under PPP:
The potential opportunities to attract investments in Energy Sector in PPP are:

  • Transmission
    • Upgradation of Transmission Network through PPP
    • Expansion of Transmission Network through joint venture route
  • Distribution
    • Franchise Model to reduce AT&C losses in high loss area
    • Franchise Model in billing – collection effecting profit share mechanism
    • Development of smart grids
    • Development of IT initiatives
  • Generation
    • The development of Solar park for facilitating evacuation of power and providing land to Solar Power Developers
    • Development of 700 MW Gas based Power Project in Tumkur under Merchant Power Plant route.
    • Encouraging the Private Sector to set up Gas/Coal based small capacity plants between 100MW – 300 MW under Merchant Power Plant route by availing/obtaining water from the sewage treatment plants.
    • Renovation, Modernization, up rating and life extension of old Thermal and Hydro Power Projects.
    • Development of Distributed Generation of 75MW-100MW under bid route on similar lines of case-1 bidding near the load centers by availing/obtaining water from the sewage treatment plants/rain water harvesting plants etc.
  • Others
    • Construction of LNG Terminal
    • Development of R & D Centres

Thermal Energy

  • Project Proposition: 16,670 MW Merchant Power Plant
  • Project Location: Tumkur
  • Investment Potential: INR 74,250 Crores

Alternate Energy

  • Project Proposition: 10,000 MW Solar Power Plants across 20 locations
  • Project Location: Across the state
  • Investment Potential: INR 10,000 Crores
  • Project Proposition: 3,500 MW Wind Energy project across the state
  • Project Location: Identified locations as per the Renewable Energy Policy 2009-14 of Karnataka
  • Investment Potential: INR 17,500 Crores
  • Project Proposition: 200 MW Hydro Power Project
  • Project Location: To be provided on request
  • Investment Potential: INR 200 Crores


  • Project Proposition: 400 MW Cogeneration Plant
  • Project Location: To be provided on request
  • Investment Potential: INR 1,600 Crores