Down­pour brings down elec­tric­ity de­mand by 40%

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB - Vishal Ram­bani ram­bani@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

The wide­spread rain in the state, which has pro­vided re­lief from scorch­ing heat, has also re­lieved the Pun­jab State Power Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (PSPCL), as the power de­mand in the state has dipped by 40%.

The power de­mand, which was hov­er­ing around 10,500 MW (2,500 lakh units) on Mon­day, dipped to around 6,500 MW (ap­prox 1,600 lakh units) on Thurs­day. Due to the dip in the de­mand, the PSPCL has shut down all its three power gen­er­a­tion units to save coal. The pri­vate units in Pun­jab are also op­er­at­ing at half the ca­pac­ity.

Di­rec­tor (distri­bu­tion) NK Sharma said that the peak de­mand has dipped to 6,500 MW, which is a re­lief for the PSPCL. “Due to dip in de­mand, the PSPCL has shut down its Ropar, Bathinda and Lehra Mo­hab­bat units, as cen­tral al­lo­ca­tions, hy­del power and pri­vate plants are ca­pa­ble to meet the de­mand,” he said, adding that an­other spell of rain will fur­ther ease PSPCL.

Against a ca­pac­ity of 3,600 MW units, pri­vate ther­mal plants were pro­duc­ing only 1,200 MW, as the GVK Power Plant, Goind­wal Sahib, was also shut down due to lower de­mand. Apart from this, 480 MW were met through hy­dro power, and the rest 4,500 MW from cen­tral al­lo­ca­tions.

He said though the PSPCL has made ar­range­ments of meet­ing 12,000 MW of peak load, but rain is al­ways a wel­come, as it helps to con­serve the coal of ther­mal plants. “Due to rain in cen­tral In­dia, the power is cheaper now, and if we are able to pur­chase power at the lower rate, the sta­te­owned power plants will re­main shut for some more time. The PSPCL pur­chases power only on merit,” said a power of­fi­cial. As per in­for­ma­tion, the PSPCL shut down its units on Wed­nes­day evening due to de­crease in tem­per­a­ture.

The me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal de­part­ment has also pre­dicted an­other spell of pre-mon­soon rain by the end of this week, while mon­soon will reach Pun­jab by July 7. A good mon­soon will save al­most ₹1,000 crore of PSPCL, which pur­chases power to meet the ris­ing power de­mand for paddy sow­ing.

Paddy grow­ers are also happy with rain. The rain, cou­pled with PSPCL power sup­ply, has helped flood the fields for paddy sow­ing. An­other spell of rain will help farm­ers to sow the paddy. If there is no rain this week, the power de­mand will again shoot up be­cause of hu­mid­ity and heat, said Baldev Singh, a farmer of Sanaur.

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