Power plants bound to feed state grid

BANGALORE: The state government has once again invoked section 11 of the Electricity Act 2003, to ensure that power generators in the state will supply power only to the state grid, and not se

Published: 03rd February 2012 05:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:48 PM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE: The state government has once again invoked section 11 of the Electricity Act 2003, to ensure that power generators in the state will supply power only to the state grid, and not sell or export power outside the state.

According to an official in Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), due to the congestion in transmission corridors, the companies cannot supply the power that they have purchased.

The state’s requirement is around 165 Million Units and there is a shortage of 1200 MW. The directive has come into effect from February 1.

The Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission  is yet to decided the power supply rate for generators who do not have PPA (power purchase agreements).

But sources within the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission said this depends on the presentation made before the commission.  There may be a revision of prices later in the year, if the generators who were exporting power earlier incurred loss.

State Minister for Energy, Shobha Karandlaje said, “We have invoked section 11 from February 1. Sugar factories have promised us 350 MW till the end of summer so now, the state has 800+350MW of power.”  She added that the Udupi Power Corporation Limited had asked for 9 days time to  get environmental clearances for the thermal power plant.

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