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Power ministry suggests adopting efficient power consumption practices for summer

March 14, 2023 5:38 pm

Power ministry suggests adopting efficient power consumption practices for summer
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In order to guarantee adequate power supply over the next summer months, the Union Electricity Ministry has developed a multifaceted strategy.

Recently, senior officials from the power sector, the ministry of coal, and the ministry of railways met for a review meeting under the leadership of Union Minister for Power & NRE, R.K. Singh. During this meeting, detailed discussions on a number of topics were held in order to address the high demand for electricity in the coming months, particularly between April 23 and May 23.

Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power; Ghanshyam Prasad, Chairperson, Central Electricity Authority; S. R. Narsimhan, CMD, Grid Controller of India; Jaya Verma Sinha, Member, Railway Board; Sanjiv Kumar Kassi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Coal; and Ramesh Babu, Director, Operations, NTPC, among other senior officials from these three ministries, attended the meeting.

The power utilities have been instructed to perform maintenance on coal-based power plants well in advance as part of the strategy, ensuring that no planned maintenance is necessary during the crunch time. All imported coal-based facilities must begin operating at full capacity on March 16, 2023, according to instructions already given under Section 11. In coal-based power facilities, sufficient coal reserves would be made accessible.

The Member Railway Board assured attendees during the meeting that there will be enough rakes available to deliver coal. In order to maintain a sufficient supply of coal at power plants, the Ministry of Railways agreed to deliver 418 rakes to various CIL subsidiaries, GSS and captive blocks, as well as increase the number of rakes in due course.

Any peak demand would be met by power based on gas. The government has instructed NTPC to operate its 5000 MW gas-based power plants throughout the peak demand season in April and May. Other organisations would also install 4000 MW of extra gas-based power capacity to ensure availability during the summer. The Ministry of Power has previously been told by GAIL that it will have access to the essential gas supply during the summer.

In order to maximise water usage in the current month and improve availability in the following month, all hydro plants have been advised to operate in cooperation with RLDCs and SLDCs (regional and state load dispatch centers). By the end of this month, new coal-based facilities that would be operational would provide an additional 2920 MW of capacity. Also, on the Ministry’s instruction, two units at Barauni (2X110MW) would be made accessible during the peak period.

The Union Electricity Minister requested power companies at the conference to prevent load shedding over the summer. To ensure that the demand for electricity is met in the upcoming months, the minister urged all parties to continuously monitor the situation and take preventative measures. According to CEA, a fair and transparent process for allocating coal to different states and UTs must also be developed.

The peak electricity demand is anticipated to be 229 GW between the months of April and June, when the nation’s demand for electricity is at its highest, according to forecasts from the Central Electricity Administration. After then, as the monsoon season begins in the south and spreads over the entire nation over the following three to four months, demand begins to decline.

The country’s electricity demand has increased at a rate of around 10 percent annually while the GDP has been increasing at a rate of about 7 percent. According to predictions, the energy consumption will be at its peak in April 2023, at 1,42,097 MU, before falling to 1,41,464 MU in May 2023 and then steadily lowering to 1,17,049 MU in November 2022.

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