Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy and Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivasa Reddy asked energy department to be more cautious during the summer to avoid any inconvenience to the people due to any interruptions in power supply. Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivasa Reddy given strict instructions to power utilities on supplying interruptions‐free power during summer as the temperatures soar and demand for electricity is steadily increasing. The power utilities have submitted a detailed action plan to the government and mentioned that the estimated peak energy demand is likely to go up to 222 MU in coming days.
During a review on summer action plan, Minister for Energy Balineni Srinivasa Reddy said that the State was meeting energy demand of around 220.6 MU/day as on date (March 27) and it is likely to increase to 222MU in the coming days,that depends on the weather condition and requirement of water to agriculture.
The State government’s decision to supply 9‐hours free power to agriculture
was one of the reasons for the increase in energy demand, the Minister said. He directed officials to lay special focus on effective implementation of free power to agriculture.
The Minister has appreciated APTransco for using energy forecast model to
estimate future energy demand in the State. “AP is the only State which is
successfully utilizing artificial intelligence for forecasting energy demand during summer. This will help to avoid power shortages and save money to power utilities” he said.
In view of huge demand, the power utilities would utilize multiple sources to meet the expected higher daily grid demand. All the long‐term resources of power generation available with Discoms would be utilized in full and even power would be purchased from power exchanges to meet the additional demand, he explained.
The Minister also said that the government was very keen on power supply
without any interruptions to every habitation in the State. The government was also ready to meet whatever demand for electricity in summer. “The main objective of government is that every household even in remote village also should be given quality power supply on 24×7 basis apart from cities and towns,” he said. The Minister also said that, in any season or during adverse natural calamity, it is bounded responsibility of the power utilities/govt. to ensure uninterrupted 24×7 power supply.
Officials explained the Minister that out of 217 – 218 MU of grid consumption per day as on date, the AP is availing full generation from State generating units with nearly 100 MU, from Central Generating Stations 40 – 45 MU, other sources like IPPs etc., 10 MU, Renewables 30‐35 MU and remaining from power exchange nearly 35 – 45 MU as per requirement to ensure smooth power supply.
Secretary for Energy Srikant Nagulapalli explained the Minister that the demand for electricity had been increasing in the State for various reasons. The consumption of energy was recorded as 185 MU in 2018 which increased to 218 MU in 2020‐21. The peak energy consumption of 220.6 MU was recorded on March 27, 2021.Similarly, the Maximum demand was recorded as 8984 MW in 2018‐19 and 10207 MW 2019‐20 and increased to 11193 MW in FY 2020‐21. “9 Hrs free power to agriculture is also one of the major reasons for the surge in power demand in the State,” the secretary said.
The Secretary also said that since 24×7 uninterrupted power supply is the key factor for economic activity which helps for development of the state and welfare of the people, the power utilities are putting all out efforts to follow the government directives to 100 per cent ensure 24X7 for all categories of consumers and all sector like agriculture, commercial, industry etc in all seasons particularly during summer period. He also said that the power utilities have played tremendous job in restoring power supply during recent cyclone in east & west Godavari district. Wide spread appreciation from people was received for the untiring efforts of the field engineers.
He also said that the APTransco has laid special focus on improvement in the network to supply uninterrupted and quality power to consumers and wants to meet the consumer satisfaction as per the objective of State government.
The energy secretary has conducted a teleconference with officials of power utilities and asked them to take all necessary steps to meet the expectations of State government and ensure uninterrupted power supply in the State.
● Estimated peak energy demand is likely to go up to 222 MU in coming days, first time in AP
● Power utilities to utilize multiple sources to meet the expected higher daily grid deman
● Government very keen on power supply without any interruptions to every habitation in the State
● Even remote village also should be given quality power supply on 24×7 basis, Minister told officials
● Special focus on effective implementation of 9 Hrs. free power to agriculture
● Minister appreciates APTransco for using energy forecast model to estimate future energy demand in the State
● Secretary for Energy Srikant Nagulapalli says the demand for electricity had been increasing in the State
● Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy directed energy department to be more cautious to avoid any inconvenience to people due to interruptions in power supply
● Power utilities submitted a detailed action plan to government on power supply