Domestic consumers in the State are now far better placed than a year ago, when most parts of Tamil Nadu had 12 to 14-hour-long load shedding.
Since October 1, except for a few hours in some pockets on two days, there has been no load shedding. Normally, the weeks immediately before the onset of northeast monsoon would see a sudden dip in wind energy production, thanks to the change in wind pattern from westerly to easterly. But, this year, due to a host of factors, including the presence of a cyclonic system in the Bay, the State continues to have a comfortable wind energy position. Since October 1, during the evening peak hours (6 p.m. to 10 p.m.), the production of wind energy was in the range from 1,400 megawatt (MW) to 2,900 MW. This time, what has added a new dimension to the power scenario is the ongoing agitation by power sector employees in Seemandhra, protesting against the Central government’s decision to create Telangana.
Contrary to the impression created in certain quarters, there has been no impact for Tamil Nadu as the State receives a net quantum of about 700 MW power from Centrally-Generating Stations, which come under the control of the NPTC, a public sector enterprise of the Union government, an official points out. Those who are undertaking the agitation form part of the workforce of the power utilities coming under the control of the Andhra government.
A couple of other factors have come handy for the Tamil Nadu power managers. Due to a favourable southwest monsoon, the generation of hydro power was about 3,500 million units (MU) during June-September this year, which was about 900 MU higher than the 10-year-long average. Last year, in the same period, the State could generate 1,227 MU. The storage of hydel reservoirs continues to be more than what it was a year ago.