State to implement pilot project on power storage batteries

Ruling out increase in power tariff in future, Energy Minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao on Sunday announced that the State government would launch power storage batteries as a pilot project in one mandal each in Vizianagaram and Nellore districts.

Stating that the issue figured during the visit of the Chief Minister to the U.S., he said after inaugurating a new building built by the Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh (APEPDCL) at a cost of ?5.73 crore that storage through battery would help meet the power demand in case of exigencies like the Cyclone Hudhud.

The new building will house a video conference hall and offices which include the IT and SAP wings, centralised call centre, load monitoring cell and conference hall at the corporate office of APEPDCL.

The Minister said per unit cost of power saved in batteries like inverters would cost ?8 per unit and hoped that it could come down going by the solar power production cost, which had witnessed a remarkable drop from ?18 to ?2.41 per unit due to technological advancement.

Mr. Rao, in response to questions by reporters, said the first generation reforms implemented by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu during his previous stint had finally paved the way for making Andhra Pradesh a power surplus State. “Henceforth, the power tariff will reduce and there is no scope for further increase in electricity charges,” he stated.

The Minister said due to the proactive policies of Mr. Naidu, the transmission and distribution losses had been reduced from 27% to 9%.

According to him, 1% reduction would result in a saving of ?360 crore. Now AP had been adjudged No. 1 in India in the implementation of power reforms and congratulated the APEPDCL on emerging as the best distribution company for highest realisation of revenue.

Nuclear power

Defending the establishment of the nuclear power plant at Kovvada in Srikakulam district by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, he said they were taking all precautions and convincing the people not to oppose it as India needed nuclear power to become a developed country. Allaying the fears among the locals, he said the government had decided to award the contract for construction of rehabilitation colonies to the L&T. He said compensation and other benefits were being given as per the new land acquisition enactment. APEPDCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director M.M. Nayak and Visakha North MLA P. Vishnu Kumar Raju were present.

THE HINDU

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