Rainfall in Punjab bring respite for PSPCL

By Dinkle Popli -- May 23, 2022 8:48 am -- Updated:May 23, 2022 8:48 am

Patiala: Punjab Power Corporation witness slight decrease in electricity demand following a fresh spell of rain on Monday morning. Pleasant weather across Punjab have made people turn-off their ACs , which reduced the electricity demand significantly.

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On Monday morning, the demand for electricity fell by 6,000 MW.

The power situation in Punjab has been critical as two units of state owned Lehra Mohabbat Thermal Plant stopped generation due to collapse of fly ash handling plant. Thus now there is short fall of 1,810 Mega Watts of power in the state forcing outages across the state.

With paddy sowing season approaching and both the farmers and Punjab Government are already heading for a confrontation as the farming community has rejected the electricity supply schedule for the upcoming paddy season issued by the state government.

PSPCL was supplying 10,300 MW of power in the state of which 6,360 MW was being drawn from outside the state. As the gross generation from within the state was reduced to 3,900 MW from against the installed capacity of 6,100 MW as a day before the state was generating around 4,500 MW of this capacity. While last year, the power demand in Punjab in the corresponding period was 5,727 MW.

A senior official said that from April 1 till date the state government has bought Rs 661.95 crore worth of power from open exchange at averagecost of Rs 8.80 per unit to meet the demand. As daily  on an average of 1,500 to 2,000 MW is bought.

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-PTC News



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