Power shortage in the State has tumbled to 40 million units per day from 62 mu a few days ago, following the rabi season almost coming to a close.

This relief is attributed to a sudden drop in the agriculture load, a result of farmers switching off nearly 80 per cent of the estimated 32 lakh agriculture pumpsets in the State. The relief, indeed, was partially available to AP Transco and the distribution companies for a few days now, as many farmers did not raise rabi crops due to lack of groundwater availability. This prompted the utilities to reduce the duration of the power cuts across the State.

On Tuesday, utilities supplied 246 mu from all sources while the overall demand stood at 286 mu—a gap of 40 mu.

Will plummet further

The shortage was expected to plummet further as the farm load was likely to taper off in the coming few days. In view of this, the duration of the cut for mandal headquarters would also be reduced, an official said.

The contribution by gas-based units in the State was almost nil, implying that the entire capacity available under them, 2,774 MW, was kept idle for want of gas. Nor was any headway made in the efforts for a “gas swap” with Gujarat and Maharashtra as these states reportedly expressed unwillingness to surrender at least a part of the gas allotted to them in exchange for power from AP, as proposed.

The contribution by hydel generation was dismally low at 9 mu and even this would not have been possible but for the water availability in reservoirs of Upper Sileru, Lower Sileru and Donkarai. Zero-generation was being reported from major sources like Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar.

The purchases from outside sources could not be enhanced beyond 17 mu a day due to various constraints, including non-availability of transmission corridor from upcountry grids.