Natgrp: Andhra has a shortage of 70 Million KWhr Units per day expected to increase to 80+ Million KWhr Units in the summer. Almost 17000 MWp of Solar PV required to plug this deficit just in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Denizens of Vizag are doomed to sweat it out this summer. All the discoms in the state are reeling under a huge shortage of energy and struggling to meet the power needs of consumers even at the beginning of the season, with the shortage on Tuesday alone reportedly being nearly 70 million units (MU).
All parts of the state have been facing scheduled power cuts ranging from two hours to eight hours since March 1. Two-hour power cuts are already being imposed in Visakhapatnam and this may go up to three to four hours in the coming months if the situation does not improve, said an Eastern Power Distribution Company of AP Limited (EPDCL) official.
“Our discom alone is facing a shortage of nearly 12MU of power since the beginning of this month, against a demand of 48MU per day to meet the energy requirement of nearly 52 lakh consumers,” Nadeem Ahmed, the chairman and managing director of EPDCL, which covers five the coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, told TOI.
“We already are resorting to load relief to ensure normal supply to domestic consumers, drinking water and agriculture connections. We are also monitoring the power situation every week and taking decisions about the load relief on the basis of weekly reports,” said Ahmed.
Officials attribute the shortage of power largely to the lack of sufficient rains in the last rainy season and the non-availability of the required thermal power, as well as the increasing demand for power by consumers.
The demand for power has risen to 310MU across the state, but only 240MU of power is supplied to the discoms, including EPDCL. Officials expect the demand to rise to 323-325MU in summer, possibly in April and May, despite partial relief on agriculture load.
EPDCL annually sees a 10 per cent growth in the number of power connections and a 10 to 15 per cent rise in power consumption. As many as five lakh new consumers were added to the coastal discom this financial year. The maximum demand of energy for 2012-13 was 2,300 MW. This now stands at 2,500 MW and is expected to rise to 2,700 MW in the middle of the 2013-14 financial year.
The principal secretary of energy, Andhra Pradesh, Mrutyunjaya Sahoo, held an emergency meeting with the heads of all discoms in the state at Hyderabad on Tuesday to discuss ways of bridging the gap between demand and supply of energy. “There are chances that the power cuts may increase based on the power position,” said a senior EPDCL officer who participated in the meet.
Source: Times Of India
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