When power distribution companies projected energy availability of 1,03,535 million units in 2013-14 while submitting tariff proposals to the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission here on Saturday, they appeared a wee bit ambitious.
In their proposals, the Discoms stated that they would require an estimated 1,06,061 mu of energy for that year. Against this, only 1,03,535 mu would be available from all their sources. As per these estimates, they would face a shortage of only 2,526 mu only while the ground reality is different.
The shortfall may be much more drastic considering the likely fall in generation at hydel stations if the monsoon fails.
Also, gas supply to thermal stations is unlikely to improve in the near future. Moreover, not many of the projects will go on stream because of the acute fuel shortage.