Power discoms in Rajasthan have started load shedding after the electricity demand in the state has crossed the ‘21 lakh units per day’ mark.
The highest consumption this month was recorded on August 24 when power consumption in the state touched 2,192.27 lakh units. In comparison to 2013, the increase in power demand has increased by 50% on a daily basis.
The peak load in the state is more than 10,000 MW, which was around 6,600 MW last August. The spurt in the demand for electricity is attributed to the demand for irrigation in the agricultural sector and rising temperatures.
“Due to poor monsoon, we are seeing a spurt in power demand. We are trying to buy energy from other states to fill the gap,” Gajendra Singh, energy minister said.
Power discoms had started cutting power during peak hours between 7 pm and midnight for industries using more than 1MVA load while two hour power cuts were ordered at district headquarters.
However, rural areas and small towns are bearing the brunt of the power cuts as discoms observe four-hour load-shedding here during the day.
There are around 100 industrial establishments of 3MVA power capacity. Around 50 are in Jaipur, 35 are in Ajmer, 12 are in Jodhpur and rest are scattered around the state for 80 lakh electricity consumers in the state.
“We are keeping a watch on the situation and will resort to load-shedding only in emergency. We are buying electricity on power exchange and from other state to fulfil the increased demand,” RG Gupta Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of all three power discoms said.
The present installed power generation capacity in the state is around 6,540 MW. According to officials, the various new power generation projects in the state will add around 7,115 MW of additional capacity, which will include 250 MW from the central share, 2,535MW from PPP projects and 1,400 MW from wind and biomass plants in the state by the end of 2014, making it self-sufficient in the power sector.