TO MEET its projected peak power demand, the Chandigarh electricity department has asked the Union Power Ministry to increase its share of the unallocated electricity quota from 4 per cent to 9 per cent. The department will also get an additional 15 megawatt (MW) from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) during peak hours (between 6 am and 10 pm), from May to August. J&K is already providing the city with 30 MW of power.
The department has projected the highest peak demand this fiscal year to reach 426 MW, up from the 395 MW in the 2014-15 fiscal year. For the financial years of 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, the peak demand has been projected to be 450 MW and 475 MW respectively.
The annual average power demand in the city hovers around 250 MW, while the average power demand during summer is around 350 MW. On an average, the city consumes around 1,806 million units (MU) in a year and 4.94 MU on a daily basis.
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The electricity department does not have its own power generation source and buys its power through its allocation from central generating stations (CGS): the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd (THDC).
The allocation from CGS is fixed for a year and any deficit is met through an unallocated quota. The department also buys short-term power to meet demand-supply shortfall during peak hours.
UT superintending engineer M P Singh said they have made arrangements to meet the peak power demand, which is expected to touch 426 MW in next financial year. “Appropriate steps have been taken to ensure that we manage to meet the peak demand during summer,” MP Singh said.
As per the agreement with J&K, the department will return 45 MW in November and December, between 10 pm and 6 am, when electricity is in surplus in Chandigarh. The department caters to 2.12 lakh consumers, of whom 1.75 lakh are in the domestic category.