Telangana State meets highest power demand in four years

As expected, Telangana’s power demand is growing considerably as the state met the highest-ever peak demand of 10,429 MW for the first time after its formation.

Published: 01st August 2018 05:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st August 2018 05:34 AM   |  A+A-

electricity, power, grid

Image used for representational purpose only. (File Photo | REUTERS)

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD:  As expected, Telangana’s power demand is growing considerably as the state met the highest-ever peak demand of 10,429 MW for the first time after its formation. The highest peak demand was witnessed at 7.33 am on Tuesday.

The demands from agricultural, industrial and domestic sectors were 30 per cent each and the remaining 10 per cent was from the commercial and other categories of consumers. The demand peaked on account of higher consumption by the farm sector. Telangana is the only state in the country which is implementing 24X7 free power supply to the agricultural sector.

The earlier highest peak demand the State met was 10,284 MW on March 8. At the time of formation of Telangana, the highest peak demand was just 6,660 MW on March 23, 2014.“We are ready to meet the demand even if increases by 1,000 MW,” energy minister G Jagadish Reddy told reporters here on Tuesday. The demand for power is expected to increase further during the Kharif season.

“TS Discoms are prepared to meet 11,500 MW peak demand or even more,” TS Genco and TS Transco chairman and managing director Devulapalli Prabhakar Rao said. 

The per capita consumption of electricity in Telangana is around 1,507 units which is much higher than the all- India average per capita consumption of 1,122 units or 34 per cent more, he disclosed. FUTURE PLANS: The state is fully geared to meet the ever-increasing demand for power n future.

The 4,000 MW Yadadri power plant will be commissioned during 2020-21 apart from an 800 MW unit of Singareni Collieries and a 2,000 MW solar power plant to meet the future demand. The 1,080 MW Bhadradri plant and the 1,600 MW NTPC plant will be commissioned in 2019.

Prabhakar Rao said that they decided to go in for short-term power purchases for the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation scheme (KLIS) by September. The average cost of power being purchased by Telangana this year will be around Rs 4.80 per unit. 

CM congratulates TS Genco chairman Prabhakar
Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has congratulated and complimented TS Genco and TS Transco chairman and managing director D Prabhakar Rao, on the power utility meeting the highest demand of 10,429 MW for the first time in the history of the new state. Despite such a high demand, power supply was uninterrupted all over the state and no power cut was recorded even for a minute.

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp