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Haryana surrenders cheaper power share to buy costly power
Haryana has made elaborate arrangements for supply of sufficient power in the coming months of election year and has claimed that utilities has make arrangements up to 10600 MW of power for uninterrupted supply. The power demand in the state may be more than 8500 MW in coming months and it has already touched 7500 MW.

Haryana supplied1, 640 lakh units of electricity in the state on June 24 against 1565 lakh units on the same day of last year. Thus, the utilities supplied 75 lakh units of extra as compared to last year. The states own generation from its various sources is 1950 MW.

According to official sources the power being purchased from different sources is not on the basis of low cost to give benefits to consumers. As per monthly regional energy Accounts issued by WRPC Haryana surrendered 36.5 lakh units in January, 27.4 lakh units in February, 31.1 lakh units in March and 29.9 lakh units in May from Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant. Thus Haryana surrendered 136 lakh units in five months from Sasan. It may be mentioned that Haryana gets the cheapest power from Sasan at 70 paise per unit and this shows the state is not making optimum use of resources.

Even today 7 thermal units of Panipat thermal are on forced outage and as per HPGCL generation cost the running cost of first four units is more so the Discoms cannot afford costly power. The forced outage of other thermal units at Panipat, Yamuna Nagar and Khedar on no demand is justified.

A senior official said that to Discoms are more interested to get power from Adani’s Mundra with which utilities have signed a long term power purchase agreement for 1424 MW for 25 years. Similarly Haryana surrenders its share from other central sector projects to keep its commitment towards private power purchasers. Whenever there is dip in power demand the main causality is the state run thermal plants. There seems to be no order of merit in power purchase from different sources.

The forced closure of state run thermal units has another dimension where coal stock has increased manifold. As per official record Panipat thermal plant has coal stock sufficient for 59 days, Khedar thermal plant has stock of 47 days and Yamuna Nagar thermal has stock of 45 days.

As per Central Electricity Authority guidelines the thermal plants should have coal stock of 25 days during rainy season to meet with any exigency. The excess coal stock will not only reduce its calorific value but has also blocked quite a heavy amount of HPGCL.

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