Staff Reporter

Hike in power over-drawls charges fails to rein in SEBs

200-250 MW of load-shedding was carried out

Delhi stands to get more power from Wednesday

NEW DELHI: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s decision to enhance the charges for power over-drawls that came into effect from this Monday has failed to rein in the State electricity boards.

Frequency in the Northern Grid dropped below 49.5 Hz more than half a dozen times on Tuesday, forcing Delhi to undergo load-shedding. The frequency dip, owing to continued over-drawls by some States, was reported between 6-30 a.m. and 12 noon.

“About 200-250 MW of load-shedding was carried out in the Capital for a couple of hours. There was, however, no major shortage of electricity,” said a senior Power Department official.

Referring to the over-drawls by States like Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh, he said: “The States will gradually get used to sticking to their allocations and refrain from overdrawing power. The hike in charges announced by CERC will help in reinforcing grid discipline.”

The CERC has hiked charges for power over-drawl from the national grid from Rs.7.45 per kWh to Rs.10 per kWh.

Power Department officials said Delhi stands to get more power from Wednesday as the Pragati power plant will generate an additional 40 MW of power.

“The rise in minimum temperature has also helped bring down the demand for power. On Tuesday, too, the maximum load of 3,207 MW was met,” they added.

The total power generation stood at 1,168 MW, with Indraprastha generating 127 MW, Pragati 249 MW, Raj Ghat 101 MW, Badarpur 636 MW and Gas Turbine 54 MW.

While Delhi was under-drawing power from the Northern Grid, States like Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh were drawing more power than their allocated share.