Over 52 thermal power plants in the country are facing a shortage of fuel, with less than a week’s stock left.
According to the State Energy Conservation Mission, 52 thermal power plants in the country are facing a similar situation of fuel shortage with less than a week’s stock. There was a peak power deficit of 9 to 10 per cent in the first six months (April-September) of the current financial year, mainly due to scarce fuel supply.
Though the government of AP had achieved substantial installed capacity of 16,000 MW, power utilities are able to utilise only around 9,000 to 10,000 MW due to severe shortage of fuel. Government utilities are putting all out efforts to optimise generation in the State apart from purchase of around 1,000 to 1,500 MW of additional power.
In order to meet the requirements of the consumers, the DISCOMs have purchased huge quantities of power. (see table)
As per the report of energy conservation committee submitted in 2011, there are many possibilities of saving a minimum of 10,000 MU per annum by implementing effective energy conservation and efficiency measures. This can be achieved only by effective public participation in conserving energy through the following suggested steps:
Domestic sector: Allow sunlight and natural air into the house by using thin and light coloured curtains, replacement of ICLs lamps with CFLs and LEDs, replacement of all fan regulators with electronic regulators, usage of BEE marked
star rated energy efficient appliances, switch off power at plug point instead remote, using solar water heater in place electric geysers, etc.
Industrial Sector: Excessive illumination levels to be limited to standard levels, to adopt Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) mechanism to enhance energy efficiency. Inefficient and age-old equipments such as motors, pumps, compressors, ACs, etc, to be replaced with energy efficient equipment and purchase of star-rated BEE approved equipments like transformers, motors etc.
Agricultural Sector: Adopting Demand Side Management (DSM) measures such as using of BEE marked star rated energy efficient pump sets, capacitors, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) pipes, suitable suction pipes and foot valves, efficient irrigation methods like drip irrigation system, sprinkler systems, usage of optimum capacity pump sets instead of higher capacity depending on the ground water level.
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