For the first time ever, more than 80% of the power generated and supplied on Sunday was green energy.
According to the energy department, of the total 6,763 MW power generated at 7 pm, only 1,300 MW was from conventional sources. Non-conventional sources contributed 3,319 MW, of which wind energy accounted for 2,964 MW. The rest came from other natural sources.
Additional chief secretary, energy department, P Ravi Kumar told DH: “It is a record that more than 80% of the present power demand in Karnataka is being met by renewable energy now.” Officials said that since May, there had been a gradual increase in green energy, especially wind, by 5%. This was because of the good monsoon winds. In the first week of July, the generation from non-conventional resources rose to around 50%.
It was then that the department heads discussed the grim coal situation.
They also took note of the increasing green energy output.
Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd (KPCL) managing director, G Kumar Naik said that this was not a regular phenomenon. The aim is not to go completely green, but use as much of the green energy that is available.
The present condition is good news as all the other sources (hydro and thermal) saved can be used for tough days ahead,” he said.
Naik added that there was no need to tap all hydro resources at present as all the demand was being met from natural resources. Since there is not much demand now, the generation has also been stepped down. Making optimum use of green resources and taking up maintenance work, the department has shut down all four units of Ballari Thermal Power Station, which has a capacity of 1,700 MW.
The department has also shut down six units of the Raichur Thermal Power Station. Its installed capacity is 1,720 MW and is presently generating 270 MW of power. Also, all three units of Yeramarus Thermal Power Station have also been shut down (installed capacity being 800 MW).