The sultry weather conduction prevailing across the region has further pushed the power demand in Punjab and Haryana forcing the two states to resort to overdrawal from the northern grid to meet the highest demand for electricity ever.
As rains take a break, demand for power has again skyrocketed in Punjab. As on Sunday the state was consuming around 11117 MW of power forcing the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) to fire up all state owned thermal units.
Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has to pay Rs 446.27 crore to private thermal power plants in Punjab for a period of 10 months (April 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018) for undrawn power (not drawing any electricity).
Aiming to use paddy straw and agriculture waste to produce animal feed and coal, the Punjab government has decided to attract private investment in the state in the coming two years. The state government is working to woo private players in setting up 160 biomass processing plants in the state.
With the start of paddy transplanting in Punjab, the state has witnessed a 33% increase in the demand for power compared to the previous year.
The government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to stubble burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same, state minister Gurpreet Singh Kangar said. Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is serious on the issue and is working consistently in this direction, the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy said.
With only two weeks to go for paddytransplantation, coalshortage has hit the private power generation companies (gencos) in Punjab, forcing shutdown of a 700 MW unit at the Rajpura thermal power plant.
The administration has decided to install at least two kilowatts solar power plant in each government house, so that it could be viable for residents to generate power.
Fuel pump owners in Punjab today sought reduction in taxes on petrol and diesel, alleging that higher retail prices in the state have led to smuggling of fuel from Chandigarh, where rates are comparatively lower.
Better generation at the hydel plants owned by the Punjab State PowerCorporation Limited (PSPCL) has helped the power utility save around Rs 300 crore during the 11 months of the current fiscal.