Monday, March 27, 2023

India taking steps to ensure adequate power supply during summer – Usky News

Bengaluru: The ministry of power said on Thursday that it has taken a number of steps to ensure adequate power availability In an effort to allay apprehensions of power cuts due to rising demand in the country, during the upcoming summer months.
India faces a higher risk of night-time power outages this summer and in the coming years, as delays in adding new coal-fired and hydro power capacity address rising electricity demand when solar power is not available. Can limit the country’s capacity.
The power utilities have been instructed to undertake well maintenance for coal based power plants to avoid disruption during the peak summer months of April and May, the statement said. 16.
Power companies have also been asked to avoid load shedding during the summer months.
Adequate coal stock will be made available at coal-based power plants, while the Railway Board has assured availability of sufficient rakes to transport the commodity, the power ministry statement said.
The power ministry said gas-based power will be used to meet any demand and all hydro plants have been instructed to maximize water usage for better availability next month.
Data from the Central Electricity Authority shows that construction of 26 coal-fired units with a capacity of 16.8 GW has been delayed by more than a year, with some plants facing delays of more than 10 years.
The power ministry said an additional capacity of 2,920 MW would be available through new coal-based plants, which would be commissioned by the end of March.
The power ministry said peak power demand during April is expected to be 229 GW.


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