Reduced Thermal Generation Cause of Power Outages In Early Summer, KPDCL Says

SRINAGAR:  In view of the current power crisis, KPDCL in a press brief has informed that load served during April has been around 900 to 1100MW against a demand of 1600MW thereby creating a deficit. It said that this deficit has forced corporations to go for unscheduled cuts.

KPDCL added that the early arrival of summer in the rest of the country lead to the highest ever power demand and reduced thermal power generation coupled with the sub-optimal generation of hydropower due to reduced discharge because of fewer rains has resulted in deficient power availability leading to unscheduled and prolonged power cuts.

While sharing details about current capacity, it said that hydro generation currently is around 50% of the installed capacity and the load supplied by KPDCL is in the range of 900-1100 MWs against the peak demand of 1600MW.

“Attempts have been made to fill the deficit gap through peaking up of Hydropower plants to meet peak demand load at Sehri and Iftaar times”.

Senior officer of KPDCL informed that the hydro generation is expected to improve once discharge increases to an optimal level in the coming weeks subject to sufficient rainfall.

It further added that reduced thermal generation has affected J&K UT’s power allocation /imports.

However, KPDCL stated that the situation is going to be as such in the coming days till availability improves nationally and Hydroelectric generation picks up.

Moreover, it is informed that Kashmir power Discom is trying to cope with this unprecedented situation by making all efforts to keep supply at critical times of Sehri and Iftar by rationalisation of allocation skewed in favour of the domestic consumer base.

Consumers are requested to bear with the Corporation to tackle the situation by way of judicious use of electricity especially in peak hours so that system overload constraints are avoided.

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