‘Demand for power growing’

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AP Transco chief says generation is less due to fuel shortage

Hiralal Samariya
Hiralal Samariya

The demand for power has been growing at the rate of eight per cent in the State and so also the gap between the supply and demand, said AP Transco chairman and managing director Hiralal Samariya.

The State presently has an installed capacity of 16,335 MW while the generation is around 9,500 MW due to shortage of gas, coal and depletion of water levels in reservoirs.

The power demand was 297 million units per day in March 2012, which has risen to 310 million units per day today. “The gap between the energy requirement and power generated has significantly increased in the last five years from 2.3 per cent to 16.7 per cent”, he pointed out.

The transmission and distribution losses were estimated to be around 20 per cent. There was energy deficit of 62 million units in March and 52 million units in April this year and hence the power cuts.

Mr. Samariya was here with the State Energy Conservation Mission CEO A. Chandrasekhar Reddy and AP Transco joint CMD P. Ramesh to review the APNPDCL functioning and also to popularise the energy conservation.

He said though the efforts were being made to improve the power supply position by setting up new power projects and buying power from other states, the focus was mainly on conservation presently. “If we save 10 units of power, it is equal to producing 12 units”, he pointed out.

APNPDCL chairman and managing director Kartikeya Misra said they launched energy conservation programmes under their jurisdiction and even conducted painting competitions to school children on the topic stressing the need. The selected paintings were printed on posters, which were released by Mr. Samariya here on Friday.

Referring to the crop damage on account of power shortage, Mr. Misra said there was no such complaint under Discom. “The water levels have gone down and the farmers were not able to draw water despite power. For example, in Govindaraopet mandal in Warangal district, the water table has done down terribly”, he explained.

  • ‘Power demand in March ’12 was 297 MU per day, which has risen to 310 MU now’

  • Installed capacity is 16,335 MW while generation is only 9,500 MW due to fuel shortage

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