Telangana industries face no power cuts for first time in 15 years

After 15 long summers, the industrial sector in Telangana has experienced no significant power cuts this season so far, thanks to a steep fall in power consumption by other consuming groups and better efficiency of the state-owned power entities.

“This is the first time in last 15 summers in Telangana where there are no power cuts to the industry,” said D Prabhakar Rao, chairman and managing director of Telangana Power Generation Corporation ( TS Genco) and Transmission Corporation (TS Transco). “We are confident that there would be no power cuts to the industrial consumers from now on, thanks to measures to improve power generation and transmission, apart from capacity addition initiatives,” Rao told.

Rao said the state-owned power utilities have succeeded in generating and saving at least 2,000 million units of power by internal efficiency improvement measures. These include augmenting the plant load factor (PLF) to 80.31 per cent this time from 74 per cent last year, which enabled the power generating stations to produce 1,300 million units a year more.

Nearly hundred basis points of reduction in transmission and distribution (T&D) losses helped in the availability of some 600 million units. The Centre also helped the state with additional supply of 115MW from Jhajjar in Haryana. However, K Raghu, Coordinator of the Telangana Electricity Employees’ Joint Action Committee (TEEJAC), attributes the comfortable power situation mostly to a steep fall in demand from the agriculture sector. “While T&D losses can never be verified since there is no metering for agriculture, the benefits through PLF improvement are insignificant, given the overall demand situation.”

Untimely rains and crop holidays by the farming community following constant campaigns by the state government to discourage water-intensive crops helped cut down overall power consumption this summer. Agriculture sector alone saw demand fall by nearly half from around 60 million units a day last summer.

Source: The Economic Times

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