13 power plants shut due to coal shortage, MSEDCL asks customers to use power sparingly

As a result, 3330 MW power supply has been cut off, an official statement from MSEDCL has said.

Coal shortages across the country have led 13 thermal power plant units supplying power to Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL) to temporarily shut down.

As a result, 3330 MW power supply has been cut off, an official statement from MSEDCL has said. Efforts are being made to provide power supply from hydropower and other sources along with immediate procurement to fill the gap.

The power utility is making efforts to prevent load shedding in the state and has appealed to the consumers to use electricity sparingly from 6 am to 10 am and from 6 pm to 10 pm to balance the demand and supply.

Thermal power generation has been declining for the last few days due to coal shortages across the country. The units shut now are Mahagenco’s Chandrapur, Bhusawal and Nashik units of 210 MW each, Paras-250 MW and Bhusawal and Chandrapur’s 500 MW each. Apart from this, four units of 640 MW of Postal Gujarat Power Limited (Gujarat) and three units of 810 MW of Ratan India Power Limited (Amravati) are closed.

At present, power is being procured from the open market to fill the gap of 3330 MW between demand and availability of electricity. Due to the increase in demand for electricity across the country, the purchase price of electricity is becoming more expensive. 700 MW of electricity is being procured from the open market at a rate of Rs 13.60 per unit.

In addition, electricity is being provided through Koyna Dam as well as other small hydropower plants and non-conventional energy sources.

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Demand for electricity has also increased due to rising temperatures in the state. MSEDCL supplied 17,289 MW of electricity in the state (excluding Mumbai) on Saturday.

Due to rains in some parts of the state in the last 24 hours, demand for electricity declined today.

On Sunday morning there was a demand of 18,200 MW in the state.

To avoid load shedding of electricity, as per the order of Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, three-phase electricity is being supplied on agricultural connections for 8 hours during day or night in a circular manner.

Power utility officials said that reducing the consumption of electricity during the peak demand period will reduce the gap between demand and supply and there will be no need for load shedding.

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