Heavy use of air conditioners in urban areas of Tamil Nadu has upped the power demand the state. The demand has been consistently crossing 14,500 MW for the past one week. This is at least 1,000 MW more than what it used to be during the same period last year. The power demand due to ACs in the state is roughly 2,500 MW. As the daytime temperature is increasing across the state the use of ACs is also increasing.
Preparedness of TANGEDCO to meet the Power Demand
Despite a rise in power demand the state power utility TANGEDCO is fully prepared to match the supply. The situation is temporary and once the temperature subsides with the onset of monsoon the demand will also flatten.
But to meet the temporary situation the utility has been heavily purchasing electricity from various sources including power exchanges. It has been purchasing around 4,500 MW of power from exchanges at an average price of INR 4 per unit.
From Unit 2 of Kudankulam, it meets the power demand of 500 MW. The capacity of the unit is 1000 MW and has been running at its maximum demand. Even the state-owned thermal power plants are operating at their full capacity. We are running almost all our plants at maximum capacity.
Vallur joint venture units, with a total capacity of 1,500MW, is facing coal shortage. Tangedco has rights on 750MW from these units provided they are operating at their full capacity. TANGEDCO has been ensuring that these units have enough coal stock to generate power during peak demand. It is the imported coal that is helping the utility to maintain a buffer stock for around four days.
Among the renewable energy sources, Wind and solar energy are also helping TANGEDCO to meet the power demand. In fact, Solar energy in Tamil Nadu can meet the power demand during October heat to ease the pressure on the supply side.
Featured Image Credit: Wikipedia