Energy and energy access: Northeast India

The Northeast region of the country has a total installed capacity of 3,550.02 mega-watts (MW) for electricity generation. Fossil fuels—gas, coal and diesel—capacity combined contributes to 57.6 per cent of the installed capacity. According to the Central Electricity Authority, there is currently a gap of 4.7 per cent between the requirement and availability of electricity in the region. In terms of per capita consumption, the average for the Northeast region is around 300 units per person per year, whereas the national average is around 914 units per person per year. This depicts the disparity in the development of the region and the below par extent of access.