Following the summer season around the corner, arrangements have been firmed up by BSES discoms to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of over 42 lakhs consumers in national Capital. These arrangements include long term ‘Power Purchase Agreements’ (PPAs) and banking arrangements with other states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim.
According to a senior official, BSES discoms will get upto 865 Mega Watt (MW) of power through banking arrangements. “Apart from this, BRPL will also get 100 MW of wind power from April 2019. Of this 50 MW is already being received. In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages in power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange,” said the senior official.
“Delhi’s peak power demand during the summers of 2019 may clock 7400 MW. Last summers, they breached the 7000 MW for the first time - peaking at 7016 MW. Peak power demand in BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) area of South and West Delhi, which had reached 3081 MW during the summers of 2018, is expected to touch around 3200 MW this year,” said the senior official.
“In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand which had reached 1561 MW last year is expected to touch around 1640 MW. This expected peak power demand of 7400 MW is an increase of over 250 per cent over the peak power demand of 2879 MW in 2002,” said the senior official.
However, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) also expects peak demand to touch 2150 MW in summers.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply during summers, Tata Power-DDL had exported power up to 200 MW to the states of Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh during winter of 2018-19 under banking arrangements.