By Sahil | Thescoopbeats.Com
New Delhi. The central government has warned several states to shut down their power, worrying that the shortage of coal stocks at power generation plants could potentially lead to blackouts. The central government on Tuesday warned states and union territories that their power supply would be cut off if they were found selling power to cash in on rising prices.
In a letter to all the State Governments and Distribution Companies (Discoms), the Union Power Ministry has requested all the States and Union Territories to utilizethe allocated power of Central Generating Stations (CGS) only to meet the local consumer demand. In case of excess power, it asked the states to inform the ministry so that the power could be given to the needy states.
According to a letter issued by Debashish Bose, Deputy Secretary to the Government of India, “It has been observed that some states are not supplying electricity to their consumers and are imposing load shedding in some areas. Also selling electricity at a higher price.”
“Furthermore, if a State is found to be selling electricity at the Power Exchange or does not schedule this unconnected power, their unconnected energy may be temporarily reduced or withdrawn and other States may can be re-allocated to those who require such power.”
The letter comes on a day the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) reviewed the coal supply and power situation as the government explores ways to ease the energy crisis in several states that have been facing power cuts for the past one week. .
Union Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi told the media, “We have continued our supply, even in the past despite the arrears. We are requesting them (states) to increase the stock. There will be no shortage of coal.” ”
Joshi said on Tuesday, “There was shortage of coal due to rain, which led to an increase in international prices from Rs 60 a tonne to Rs 190 a tonne. After this, power plants with imported coal would either shut down for 15-20 days. or produce very little. This put pressure on domestic coal.”
He said that the government is making all efforts to meet the coal demand of the power producers. He said, “We in the ministry and CIL are making all efforts to meet the demand of coal… Yesterday (Monday), we supplied around 1.95 million tonnes of coal. Around 1.6 million tonnes from CIL and the rest from Singareni Collieries From Co. Ltd. All in all, we have supplied 1.95 million tonnes.”
India is the world’s second-largest coal producer and has the world’s fourth-largest reserves, but a massive surge in electricity demand has surpassed pre-pandemic levels, causing shortages.
An October 11 government report showed 115 plants with severely low stocks, 107 with coal for five days or less. Generally, any coal-fired power plant should have a stock of up to 15 days.
The Union Power Ministry in its letter to the states and union territories also said that the demand for coal based power plants has increased at present. Long-term purchase agreements are signed with power generating distribution companies controlled by the central government, but 15% of their output is controlled by the center as “unallocated power”, which is given to the needy states.