Wavering power demands scare upcoming projects
A dwindling power demand has triggered worries for the new thermal power projects. For the first time, power demand in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana showed a decline even in summer. Both states recorded less than anticipated demand in April. Demand in AP stood at 167 million units while in Telangana it was 158.14 m.u.on Thursday down by about 7 per cent compared to last year and 3 per cent below the anticipated demand.
While the Telangana Discoms have prepared to meet a demand of over 9,500 MW or 180 million units, the consumption in the state has be en coming down ever since the end of Rabi season. During the peak Rabi season the daily demand crossed 170 million units which is now hovering between 158 – 160 m.u. per day .
“Reason for the drop in the demand is mainly due to sharp decline in the agriculture and also industrial consumption. Compared to last year there is a decline of over 3.86 per cent against the expected 10 per cent increase.We have prepared plans to meet a demand of 10,000 MW this season, but surprisingly the consumption has not picked up even in the summer,” said a senior official of energy department. AP is also experiencing surplus for the last two weeks.The average consumption has come down to 167 million units against the anticipated 170 m.u. In fact, the state has prepared to meet a demand of 9500 MW this summer by stepping up thermal, solar and wind power generation. It has made elaborate plan to give 24×7 power to all industries and domestic consumers but the demand still hovering around 7500 MW, said sources in AP Transco.