Bescom suggests captive power for HT users

Bescom suggests captive power for HT users

The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) has directed high- tension power consumers (commercial and industrial) in the City to opt for captive power to meet their energy demands during summer. The power so saved will be diverted for domestic consumption.

Depleting water level in hydel reservoirs, a possible drop in generation due to coal scarcity and non-availability of power purchased on account of clogged corridors have compelled the power utility to resort to ‘austerity’ measures.

“Industries and commercial establishments, especially the IT companies in the City, consume about 45 percent of our peak load power. If the same is saved, we can meet the demand for domestic consumption,” said Ashok Angadi, Chief Engineer, Bescom.

Angadi said the high-tension consumers had already started using generators during the peak hours and the arrangement will be up to June or till the monsoon sets in.

The consumption is bound to increase in the next few months and various examinations are scheduled from March to May this year, he added.

According to the submission before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission Bangalore has 4,566 industrial HT (2A and 2B) installations, which consume 5,053 million units (MU) of power annually whereas commercial consumers who number 4,275 consume 3,328 MU a year.

Sources in the Electrical Inspectorate said, the City has about 12,000 diesel generator sets with a capacity ranging between 125 kilowatt and two megawatt.

Angadi said it would make a huge difference on the demand side if all the gensets were used.

“For instance, if a huge commercial establishment consuming about two megawatt of power shifts to captive power, we can supply electricity to around 2,000 houses each consuming about one kilowatt of peak load power,” he explained.

He said that the measure will directly help students preparing for various examinations until June.