Surplus may free state from summer power cuts

Surplus may free state from summer power cuts

The Energy department has assured that it has surplus power and there will be no power crisis in the summer. This is despite the fact that there have been unscheduled power cuts in the state.

P Ravi Kumar, additional chief secretary, Energy department, told DH that they have shut down a few units of thermal power stations because of a dip in demand.

According to him, two units of Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), one unit of Udupi Power Corporation Limited (UPCL) and one unit of Ballari Thermal Power Station (BTPS) remained shut. “For the first time, the state has excess power,” he said, referring to the 900-MW purchase. Another 300 MW is coming from Maharashtra, Kumar said.

The power generation from hydel sources per day is 2.63 million units, while 402 MW of solar power has been added to the grid. Another 800 to 1,000 MW solar power will be added soon, he said. The state is using just 57 MW of the 198 MW available from the central grid.

He pointed out that the department was ready to meet the peak demand of 10,500 MW, but the present peak demand was hovering between 9,300 MW and 9,400 MW.

“We have stored sufficient water in the dams for hydro electricity. The demand from the industrial sector has come down, which has saved the power for the people,” he said.

The department has chalked out plans to procure 1,200 MW from Kudgi (Vijayapura). Two units of Yeramarus (Raichur district) will start functioning in September and the BTPS will supply 700 MW. Power from the National Thermal Power Corporation in Tamil Nadu will also be available. Work orders have been issued to start generation of 500 MW of solar power during the summer. The department has signed agreements for expanding the UPCL plant to generate 1,200 MW by 2022. The Karnataka Power Corporation will set up a 300-MW hydel plant in Shivanasamudra and generate 1,600 MW from Chhattisgarh thermal plant. 

K G Prabhakar, power expert from FKCCI, said data from the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Company and their assessment shows agriculture consumes the maximum power of 33%, but there is a decline this time. Industrial power consumption has come down because of less industrial production and unfavourable tariffs offered by the state.
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