GRID FAILURES –CERC to penalize SLDC officers

GRID FAILURES –CERC to penalize SLDC officers

Thursday August 23, 2012

New Delhi

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has decided to penalize the officers in charge of State Load Dispatch Centers (SLDC) who did not comply with its directions.

CERC in its order on Northern Regional Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC) petition has stated that the officers of SLDC’s of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab Haryana Uttarakhand, , Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir have not only failed to comply with its directions but have also failed to discharge their responsibility under the Act and the Grid Code.

NRLDC) has filed the petition before CERC over the continued over-drawl by the constituents of the Northern Region risking the grid stability. It further sought indulgence of the Commission in view of the grid failures that took place on July 30 & 31.

During the hearing on August 14, the officers of UPPTCL, PTCUL, HVPNL, RRVPNL and PSTCL have not denied overdrawal from the grid. Most of them made different reasons for the power over drawl. These ranged from outage of generation units, shortage of coal, maintenance of machine and political pressure.

It was also claimed that SLDC in the State are not independent and are being controlled by the electricity board or the State Transmission Utility which is a Government company controlled by the State Government.

S.B. Moudgil, Chief Engineer (Power System) Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (HVPNL) submitted that HVPNL was over-drawing during the last 3 months on account of the failure of monsoon, teething problems of the newly established thermal plants and non-availability of coal. He further submitted that whenever frequency touched 49.5 Hz, action had been taken to reduce the load.

R.K. Sharma, Chief Engineer, SLDC, and Punjab the instructions of NRLDC have been quickly followed and message given Distribution Company to reduce the load. Since the distribution companies are not complying with the directions, they should be made parties before the Commission.

UP SLDC in its reply has submitted that the main reason for overdrawal during last three months was on account of huge difference in the demand and availability which has increased during the summer season. As against the average requirement of 11000 MW in the month of May and June 2012, availability has been reduced to 7000 MW which has resulted in power shortage and overdrawal.

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