Express press service
VIJAYAWADA: Given the unprecedented demand for electricity and the severe shortage of coal for power generation, which has caused many states to rush for electricity, the state government has not only emphasized the need for electric utilities to devise a long-term plan for the sustainability of 24/7 power supply in the state but also to strengthen the sector to cope with possible unforeseen shortages and meet future electricity demand.
Grid officials said AP Discoms on April 29 had satisfied 215.340 million units (MU) of electricity demand. Total demand satisfied on the same day last year was CU205,909, a growth of 4.58%. The peak power demand satisfied during the day was 11,560 MW while in 2021 on the same day it was 10,211 MW, registering a growth of 13.21%.
On April 29, national electricity consumption reached a record 207 gigawatts (GW) with a peak hour deficit of 10.8 GW on April 28, the highest since 2012. While nearly all states across the country faced a peak electricity shortage that day, some exceeded large amounts of electricity from the grid to meet demand and asked the Center to make enough coal available for thermal power plants. The state government has also approached the Center for the same so that enough power can be generated to meet the growing demand in the state.
Energy Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy updated senior officials via teleconference and argued the crisis is temporary. Normalcy will be restored at the earliest, he said confidently.
Emphasizing that the state is dependent on the Mahanadi coalfields and the Singareni coalfields as it does not have coal mines, Peddireddy noted that adequate coal is not available in thermal power plants due to various constraints at national levels. and internationally. At the same time, he said, there is an unexpected increase in demand due to an abnormal increase in temperatures.
“As a result, the cost of purchasing electricity has reached an all-time high over the past ten years. Apart from the shortage of coal, the limited availability of electricity on the open market has forced the utilities to impose restrictions on the industries,” explained the Minister.
Stating that wind power generation is likely to increase from May 15 in renewable energy (RE) rich states, including PA, he said this would lead to an increase in the availability of energy and a further increase in wind energy production by the end. of the month.”
The Energy Minister said that the electricity demand and supply situation is being monitored and reviewed on a daily basis as instructed by Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, adding that every effort is being made to ensure a uninterrupted power supply to priority sectors. “Our ultimate goal is to provide 24/7 power supply in a sustainable manner and strengthen the electricity sector for the economic development of the state,” he said.
Given the severe shortage of coal, Energy Secretary B Sreedhar said AP Power Development Corporation Limited (APPDCL) has already tendered for 1 lakh tonnes of imported coal to double production electricity from the Krishnapatnam thermal power station from the current 800 MW.
As instructed by the Ministry of Energy, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation (APGENCO) and APPDCL will issue tenders for 18 lakh tonnes and 13 lakh tonnes of imported coal respectively. The whole process should be completed within a month to meet the electricity requirement.
To address the power shortage, the Minister of Energy specifically ordered APGENCO to commission Phase 2 of the 800MW Krishnapatnam Thermal Power Plant either by the end of the month or the first week. of June.
Urging electric utilities to take cost-effective action, Peddireddy said, “We are one of the best states in the country at reducing transmission and distribution losses and we must be the first state in reducing losses”. Officials informed the Minister that the APEPDCL had reduced Distribution Transformer (DTR) defaults to 3.14% in FY 2021-22 from 5.47% in FY 2018-19.
In the APSPDCL area, DTR defaults fell to 4.96% in FY 2021-22 from 6.09% in FY 2018-19. DTR defaults in the APCPDCL area fell to 4.44% in FY 2021-22 from 4.62% in 2018-19.