maharashtra state electric distribution company ltd: cabinet authorizes msedcl to purchase electricity from private players | Bombay News

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MUMBAI: The state cabinet on Friday approved a proposal to allow the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL) to purchase additional power from private players until at least June 15, when the electricity production situation should improve.
Currently, there is a 1,000 to 1,500 MW shortfall in electricity demand and supply during peak hours due to sweltering heat and shortage of coal. A senior official said 400-500 MW of electricity is saved through “load relief” in areas with high distribution losses.
Energy Minister Nitin Raut said the electricity available with the power exchange is expensive, so they will buy it from private players at half price. “Due to the scorching heat, peak electricity demand reached 28,489 MW, which is 8.2% higher than the previous year. The 1,900 MW Koyna Hydel project is operating at full capacity, but water usage is limited,” he said. adding that the hydel project requires 1 water of TMC per day and only 17 stocks of TMC are available. “We try to avoid load shedding,” Raut said. Peak demand is estimated at 30,000 MW in the coming weeks.
Officials said the coal situation at many power plants was “critical” and they were coordinating with the Center to overcome the crisis.
Accusing the state government of failing to manage the coal stockpile and water stockpile of the Hydel plant, former energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule of the BJP said the state was facing a ” unexpected load shedding”.
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