Drop in production and coal supply problems responsible for AP power crisis
Sharp rise in coal price from ₹8,000 per ton to nearly ₹40,000 per ton due to fuel shortage in India and impact of Russian-Ukrainian war on global supply became the issues criticism facing Andhra’s power utilities. Pradesh.
There was also a sharp increase in electricity demand due to the summer, which resulted in a shortfall of 50 million units (UM) per day. As a result, the DISCOMs had to resort to Emergency Load Relief (ELR). However, Energy Secretary B. Sreedhar, in a review meeting on Sunday, reiterated that the blackouts are a temporary phenomenon.
According to an official statement, the total energy demand across all sectors in fiscal year 2018-2019 was CU63,605, which increased to CU68,905 in fiscal year 2021-22. The increase in the household, industrial and agricultural categories was 32%, 6% and 16% respectively.
Despite the setbacks, orders have been issued to maintain the existing daytime power supply to the agricultural sector to ensure standing crops do not wilt as harvest will be nearly complete by the end of April.
In addition, priority is given to the uninterrupted power supply from the domestic mains.
The statement further said that electricity generation in the state and at central power plants has declined due to low coal inventories. Several states now rely on supply from exchanges to meet growing network consumption.
Power demand is expected to increase to CU6,720 in April 2022 from CU5,721 in the corresponding month of 2019. Peak demand was 8,984 MW in March 2019 and is expected to reach 13,000 MW for the fiscal year 2022-2023. year. The strong demand is attributed to a rebound in economic activities to pre-COVID levels.