Now 24×7 supply in ‘power-packed’ Andhra Pradesh

HYDERABAD: From a shortage last year, Andhra Pradesh has now emerged as a power surplus state, announced energy secretary Ajay Jain. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Powering Andhra’ organised by the Independent Power Producers Association of India (IPPAI) here on Saturday, Jain invited industrialists to AP and experience 24×7 power supply which he said would be provided at the cheapest rate in the country.

“AP has become power surplus with the commissioning of Krishnapatnam and we have more power stations coming into service including Hinduja, Thermaltech, Meenakshi and Nagarjuna. Therefore, we will be offering 24×7 power supply to industries at the lowest rates as compared to many states in the country,” said Ajay Jain.

The seminar provided an interaction between private developers, energy experts and AP government officials. Separate sessions were held on fuel availability, renewable energy and transmission challenges in which experts from the power sector addressed the gathering. Representatives from the solar, wind and new energy sectors demanded reduction in cross subsidy surcharge and provision of open access facility to private power plants.

Responding to their plea, Ajay Jain told them to represent their issues to the AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) as the government does not have any role in cross subsidy surcharge and open access issues. Another entrepreneur pointed out that single window clearances for power projects is only on paper as he has been unsuccessful in securing permissions despite trying for the last 20 months. Ajay Jain said to overcome this, the state government has decided to offer ‘deemed permission’ to entrepreneurs as part of the new industrial policy.

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