Telangana recorded its highest, to date, power demand of 10,429 mw on Tuesday with the consumption by the agriculture sector witnessing a sharp increase due to dry spell for over a week now. It eclipses the previous high load of 10,284 mw met on March 8 this year after the introduction of uninterrupted power supply to the farm sector along with others.
Stating that the demand was expected to go up during the ongoing kharif season, Energy Minister G. Jagadish Reddy, along with Chairman and Managing Director of TS-Genco and TS-Transco D. Prabhakar Rao and Chairman and Managing Director of Southern Power Distribution Company G. Raghuma Reddy, said on Tuesday that the two distribution companies (discoms) in the State were prepared to meet peak demand of 11,500 mw to 12,000 mw.
“We have all arrangements in place to meet such a demand by buying power to meet the demand during peak consumption hours — three hours in the morning and four hours in the evening — by purchasing the energy required over and above the contracted supplies from Genco’s own stations, central generating stations, Chhattisgarh and private power producers with whom we have power purchase agreements at Rs. 4.80 per unit,” Mr. Prabhakar Rao explained.
Asked about the expected demand from all lift irrigation projects, including the existing ones and those under execution, the Energy Minister said a total demand of 10,852 mw was estimated to arise after two-three years. However, it would go up gradually along with completion of ongoing projects.
On being asked specifically about Kaleshwaram project under implementation, Mr. Prabhakar Rao stated that they had already called for short-term tenders to meet demand form it till September-end and they were in a position to supply the required power as per the schedule given by the Irrigation Department
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao complimented the power utilities, their managements and employees led by Mr. Prabhakar Rao for meeting the highest power demand without any glitch.
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