According to the Central Electricity Authority—the designated authority of India for cross-border trade of electricity, India has become the net exporter of power for the first time. Cross-border transmission lines with countries like Bangladesh and Myanmar will increase sales for the country.
Noted for its frequent power outages, India has been focusing on generation infrastructure over the last few years. An upsurge in the supply of energy has helped power companies perform better. Between 2016 and present-2017, 5.798mn units of power has been transported from India to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The results nearly produced 213mn units more than the units India ever received from Bhutan, since the mid-eighties.
According to PBI reports, the country has been exporting approximately 190MW of power to Nepal using 12 cross-border connections at 11kV, 33kV, and 132 kV levels. Some industry experts also strengthen the belief that cross-border links with next-door countries may boost power exports for India.