Higher power demand in state leads to load shedding

PUNE: There was an emergency load shedding in the state on Monday as the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd struggled to meet higher demand from agriculture sector.

In Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad, there was a 39 minutes power cut in areas served by 162 of the 425 group A feeders (that have low commercial and distribution loss and high bill payment). It started from 2.47pm and went on till 3.26pm. There was 2.27 hours power cut on four out of 10 group B feeders from 2.03pm to 4.30pm, a statement issued by the distribution company said.

The distribution company said the demand for power has increased by 3,000 to 3,500 MW over the last 15 days because of scant rainfall. “About 15 days ago, the demand for power in the state was in the range of 13,500 MW to 14,000 MW which has gone up to 16,000 to 16,500 MW now,” the company said.

All the generation sets in Parli thermal power station are shut because of water shortage. The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd has been generating only 3,800 MW power as against 5,500 MW. The power generation from wind mills has also dropped from up to 2,200 MW to 1,000 MW.

The distribution company said there was no generation from set IV of Adani power (660 MW) at Tiroda and Ratan India project which also contributed to load shedding in group G 1,2,3 at 9.45am on Monday. “The supply frequency could not be maintained despite securing power from the central grid. So the distribution company bought 1,000 to 1,200 MW power from the power exchange,” the company said.



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