Chandigarh: The long term power consumption study conducted by a private company to forecast the load factors of the power demand in city has pointed out that as per the power requirement, city may experience power deficit for next two years during peak hours in summers for next two years.
UT Electricity department got the forecast study with a view to assess the preparedness of the department to face the challenges.
UT electricity has no source of power generation of its own and buys the power from Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC), Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), Tehri Hydro Development Corporation Ltd (THDC) and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN).
UT CREST has been pressing for installation of the roof top Solar Power Generation plants with a view to get its own power generation. At present CREST is urging residents to install Solar Generation Plants and sell the power to UT at higher rates.
According to the study report, the forecast points out that during the peak power hours in summers in city will face power deficit as per the requirement. As per the assessment for the year 2017-18, the UT power department may face a deficit of 112 Megawatt (MW) against requirement of 477 MW whereas UT electricity department has only 304 MW.
Similarly, for the years 2018-19, the forecast report says that the requirement deficit will rise to 130 MW against demand of 496 MW with availability of 366 MW.
The report suggests that deficit will result in excess drawing of power resulting in breakdowns. So, UT must arrange for either alternative sources or by long-term power purchase agreements (PPA’s).
UT Electricity department Superintending Engineer MP Singh said, “It is not that we are power deficit as UT is surplus in power but during the peak power hours in summers we may face some deficit but we will manage the problem.”
He said that at present UT has one 220 KV grid substation, 13- 66 KV grid substations and five 33 KV grid substations in the city. Each sub-station has a life span of 25 years and around six 66 KV grid substations have crossed the time span.
Singh said that city’s only way of self-power generation if by Solar Power plants for which UT Administration is already making efforts to install maximum power generation plants.
Santosh Kumar, Director (Science and Technology and Renewable Energy) and CEO, CREST, UT Chandigarh said that the need of the hours is to install such plants making city self-dependent upon power generation to avoid such power pangs.
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