Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (or KPCL) is a company owned by the government of Karnataka, and is engaged in the business of generating electrical power in the state of Karnataka in India. The modes for generation of electric power are hydroelectric, thermal and diesel. The company was started on 20.07.1970 due to a vision of the Karnataka government for separate entities for generation and distribution of electric power. This was done, long before world bank dictated power sector reforms were initiated in early 21st century in India.
KPCL has 34 dams (including the main, pickup and saddle dams) and 24 power stations across the state with power production capabilities ranging from 0.35 MW to 1035 MW. The total installed capacity of KPCL is 5975.91 MW. The corporation has its thermal power station at Raichur And one more thermal project at Bellary of 500 MW station. The installed capacity of the thermal power station is 1470 MW (210 MW × seven units). The total gross power generation per annum is in the order of 10,362 GW·h at a plant load factor (PLF) 80% and 11,589 GW·h at a plant load factor of 90%. The corporation, in order to increase generation, has planned two additional units in Bellary. One unit is ready. It is awaiting coal allocation from central government