State-owned power plants’ performance peaks

Here’s a bright spot in the hitherto dark power scenario of Uttar Pradesh. In a rare instance of efficiency, the power units of state-owned UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam (UPRVUNL) have touched the highest-ever plant load factor (PLF) of around 71%, wheeling out between 3300 Mw and 3400 Mw of the total 12,000 Mw available in the state grid. This is higher than 2900 Mw recorded earlier this year. Last year, the state generation had dipped below 2000 Mw, plunging the state into a severe power crisis.

Currently, the state-owned power plants have a total installed capacity of 4933 Mw.

A higher performance index for the state-owned power plants comes months after the UP Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) pulled up UP’s energy department for poor output from UP’s power plants, forcing the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) to resort to power purchase from outside sources at higher prices. This, in effect, resulted in spiking up the annual revenue requirement (ARR) of UPPCL that eventually showed up as higher power tariff for consumers.

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