Coal crunch crisis dark; MSEDCL’s conditional efforts to prevent load shedding *
13 sets of power plants closed due to lack of coal
Use less electricity from 6 to 10 in the morning and evening
Mumbai, October 10:
Due to shortage of coal, 13 sets of various thermal power plants supplying power to MSEDCL have been shut down at present. As a result, the supply of 3,330 MW of electricity has been cut off and efforts are underway to provide power supply through hydropower and other sources, including immediate purchase of electricity. MSEDCL is making strenuous efforts to avoid load shedding and to balance demand and availability, it has appealed to consumers to use electricity sparingly between 6 am and 10 am and between 6 pm and 10 pm.
Thermal power generation has been declining for the last few days due to coal shortages across the country. In addition, 13 sets of thermal power plants supplying power to MSEDCL have been shut down due to lack of coal. In this, one set of 210 MW each at Chandrapur, Bhusawal, Nashik and 250 MW each at Paras and 500 MW each at Bhusawal-Chandrapur have been shut down. Apart from this, four sets of 640 MW of Postal Gujarat Power Limited (Gujarat) and three sets of 810 MW of Ratan India Power Limited (Amravati) are closed. As a result, MSEDCL is getting less contract power from thermal power plants.
The current deficit between demand and availability of electricity has reached 3,300 MW and to fill it, power is being procured from the open market (power exchange). Due to increasing demand for electricity across the country, power purchase rates are also becoming more expensive. 700 MW of electricity is being procured from the open market at a rate of Rs 13.60 per unit. This morning, 900 MW of electricity was purchased at Rs 6.23 per unit through real time transactions. In addition, electricity is being provided through Koyna Dam as well as other small hydropower plants and non-conventional energy sources.
Demand for electricity has also increased due to rising temperatures in the state as coal scarcity is getting darker. In the state (excluding Mumbai) on Saturday 17 thousand 289 MW power was supplied by MSEDCL as per the demand. In the last 24 hours, rains in some parts of the state have reduced the demand for electricity. Today (Sunday) at 11.30 am, there was a demand of 18,200 MW in the state and 15,800 MW in the working area of MSEDCL. In order to avoid load shedding, as per the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, three phase power supply is being provided on agricultural lines for 8 hours daily or night cycle.
MSEDCL has appealed to the consumers to use electricity sparingly between 6 am and 10 am and between 6 pm and 10 pm to balance the demand and supply as the power shortage is likely to increase due to coal shortage. MSEDCL has also clarified that if power consumption is reduced during the peak demand period, the deficit will be reduced and there will be no need for load shedding.