Despite a dip of 1450 MWs of power availability during the current year, the Punjab State Power Corporation (PSPCL) has claimed that there would be no shortage of power during the peak summer season.
Last year, the state had power availability of 13962.62 MW from sources within and outside the state. However, this year, shutting down of the Bathinda Thermal Power Plant and two units of the Ropar Thermal Power Plant deprived the power corporation of 850 MWs. Besides, it is learnt that the central power authorities have reduced the transfer capacity of the state from the northern grid by another 600 MWs to prevent excessive load on the system.
During 2017-18, the power demand had shot up to 11681 MW (2671 lakh units) a day during the month of July which was the peak paddy sowing season. The PSPCL in its Multi-Year tariff revision petition had projected a supply to different categories of consumers at 47932.22 MU for the year 2017-18 and 50203.85 MU for the year 2018-19, which means there the corporation is expecting that the demand would rise by another 2271.63 MUs during the current year.
Chairman cum Managing Director of the PSPCL A Venu Prasad said the power corporation was committed to providing uninterrupted supply to various categories of consumers and it was in the process of signing short term and long term power purchase agreements with various sources outside the state to meet the increased demand. He said last year they had kept the four units of Bathinda thermal power plant on the standby and shutting down the same was unlikely to pose a problem for the PSPCL, during the current year.
He said the corporation has already signed power purchase agreements with Damodar Valley Corporation from where the state will get 250 MW at Rs 3.9 a unit, the PSPCL will have 200 MWs from the Power Trading Corporation at a rate of Rs 3.50 a unit and 150 MW is being arranged from the Solar Energy Corporation of India. Besides, 250 MWs of power will also be placed at the disposal of PSPCL from the solar plants set up within the state.
He said that last year the central power authorities had approved transfer capacity of 6500 MW and the same is likely to be restored this year also.
Meanwhile, with the onset of summer season, seven out of eight state-owned thermal units are currently generating power to meet the demand which has risen by more than 200 lakh units in last 25 days. As on March1 the demand was hovering around 1160 lakh units which is around 1370 lakh units a day, which is expected to double during the paddy season. Read More
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