PCL gears up to ‘face’ power crisis in summer months
Anticipating a huge demand-supply gap ahead, the UP Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) has started gearing upto meet the summer crisis. The corporation has moved the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) seeking its nod for the short-term power purchase to meet the imminent power crisis from April.
Under the new rules, the utilities must seek prior permission from the regulator to make and short-term purchase of power for a longer period. “After the commission gives its approval, we will chalk out a plan to purchase electricity required to meet the expected gaps between April and August,” said a UPPCL official.
The corporation has anticipated a shortage of 35 million units of power a day from April to August when demand for power will be growing. The UPPCL will tie up with various sources to purchase power short-term power upto 15 days at a time. “The demandsupply gap last year was anything between 2000-3000 MW or more at any given day in the summer with the demand crossing 13,000 MW and the requirement is sure to go up by at least 10-15 % this year,” he added. Sources said that the state was expected to face a severe crisis this summer once again. “The demand-supply gap last year was anything between 2000-3000 MW at any given day in the summer with the demand crossing 13,000 MW and the requirement is sure to go up by at least 10-15 % this year,” they said.
Sources said that the situation is likely worsen this summer since there is no addition of new capacities. The Roza and Anpara C, owned by the Reliance and the Lanco, respectively, were two new plants that started power generation during last one year or so.
“But the existence of these plants is hardly a help because the owners self-trip their one or the other unit either because of shortage of coal or commercial disputes with the UPPCL,” said another official.