March 18, 2009 12:26:25 am
Winter may have given Delhi a miss but the summer is expected to make its presence felt. Keeping this in mind,discoms in the Capital have already drawn up elaborate summer action plans to beat the heat.
We expect the peak demand this summer to be around 4,500 MW,a 12 per cent increase from last year and have directed the discoms to prepare their summer action plans keeping this figure in mind, a senior Power Department official said. The maximum peak load recorded last summer was 4,037 MW.
BSES,which is responsible for supplying electricity to South,West,East and some parts of Central Delhi,anticipates a peak demand of 3,000 MW in its areas. We already have long-term Power Purchase Agreements amounting to 2,800 MW in place with various state and central sector power generating units, a BSES official said.
In a bid to cover the balance 200 MW,the discom has entered into banking arrangements to ensure it meets its projected demand of 3,000 MW. Since BSES banked surplus power during the winter with Himachal Pradesh,Uttrakhand,Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai,these states will have to make that power available to BSES during the summer months.
NDPL,responsible for supplying electricity mainly to North Delhi,has a projected peak demand of 1,200 MW for the coming summer. Officials from the discom confirmed NDPL has signed long-term Power Purchase Agreements with various state and central sector power generating units,which will ensure 900 MW of constant power supply. In order to meet the balance 300 MW,the discom has in place banking agreements with the states of Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. These banking arrangements will b effective from April this year.
Interestingly enough,to avoid the chaotic situation that arose last summer when the Damodar Valley Corporation did not live up to its commitment of providing 400 MW of power to Delhi,both discoms have also made contingency plans to tide over sudden shortfalls. NDPL has tied up with the Government of Himachal Pradesh to procure 100 MW as contingency requirement. Similarly,BSES has entered into an agreement with power plants in Karnataka (for 85 MW) and Rajasthan (for 70 MW). The discoms have also sought help from the Delhi government to ensure the Damodar Valley Corporation lives up to its commitment this time around.
The BSESs Forward Banking Arrangements with Uttrakhand,Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka also sound immensely impressive. Under this arrangement the states will cumulatively bank 150 MW of their surplus power with BSES during the summer. They can then claim this power during the winter months when these states have a higher requirement.
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