'Surplus power generation by 2020'

The energy requirement in the State will be 1,03,388 MU by 2020, with a surplus in-State generation of 16 per cent, according to a study commissioned by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC). 

At the current time, while the energy requirement is 60,638 MU there is a deficit with only 46,183 MU being available. The study shows that demand will remain unfulfilled upto 2017-18. It also observes that the demand for power will grow at a rate of about seven to eight per cent per cent per annum. 

KERC Chairman Sreenivasa Murthy said the commission has made a five-point recommendation based on the study in order to achieve efficiency in power generation and distribution. 

Recommendations

One of the recommendations calls for improving the Plant Load Factor (PLF) in the thermal power plants in the State to 80 per cent – up from the current 70 per cent. The KERC has suggested that Transmission and Distribution losses be reduced to 15 per cent by 2016-17. 

At current time, the T and D losses are at 19.6 per cent. Long-term power purchase and expedition of implementation of power generation projects also figure in the recommendations. 

Murthy added that switching to High-Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) from Low-Voltage Distribution System (LVDS) will also be essential in increasing efficiency. 

“We generally blame backward areas for inefficiency. Even in places like Chikkamagalur and Shimoga, the distribution losses are more than 25 per cent,” he said. 

Speaking about the cost initial costs involved, he added that the payback period for it would be about seven to eight years. 

“However, once in place, the system will help save a lot of power,” he said. 

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