City's peak power demand crosses 5,000 MW in March

City's peak power demand crosses 5,000 MW in March

City's peak power demand crosses 5,000 MW in March

As the city begins to guzzle more power with the rising summer heat, the peak load this season has exceeded the expectations of the energy department.

The department was preparing for the demand to cross the 5,000-MW mark this summer, but they were shocked to observe that the level was breached twice before the middle of March.

At 9.14 am on March 9, the peak demand touched the estimate of 5,123 MW, while consumption reached 5,002 MW a week before, at 9.15 am on March 2.

Energy department officials held a meeting recently to urgently upgrade the peak power demand, which they believe will touch 5,300 MW,  while the existing infrastructure can only handle loads up to 5,500 MW. During the same period last year (March 2017), the demand stood at 4,999 MW.

"In view of the rising demand, we at Bescom have decided to upgrade our infrastructure to handle a further 1,000 MW," additional chief secretary, energy department, P Ravi Kumar told DH.

Kumar also said the peak demand for the state had crossed 10,700 MW in March and expected consumption levels to touch 11,000 MW in the coming days.

He reasoned that the soaring consumption levels are due to the growth in the number of consumers.

The department has decided against buying additional power. "We've already bought 900 MW from various sources and do not need to buy more," he added.

The state's power stations have coal reserves to last for just three days. Department records revealed that the Raichur thermal unit has around 30,000 tonnes of coal, while the Ballari plant has about 60,000 tonnes. The Yeramarus thermal power station in Raichur has 1.10 lakh tonnes.

"We're worried about the strike call given by coal mine workers on March 16, which would definitely hit the supply (to the power plants)," said an energy department official, urging the citizens to use power wisely.

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