PATIALA: The increased generation at the hydel powerplants of the region is likely to help the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) save a few hundred crores power purchase cost during the current fiscal year.
As per the official data, currently, the Bhakra is storing 32 per cent more energy as compared to the last year, while the pong has 18 per cent more potential to generate extra power this year. This will enable the PSPCL to reduce its dependence on the thermal generation units and subsequently its financial burden.
According to sources in the BBMB, the water level in the Bhakra was recorded 1675 feet on Sunday, while last year it was 1647.6 feet on the corresponding day last year. At Pong, the level is 1388.2 feet as against 1375.3 feet that was recorded on the corresponding day last year.
The data is showing that while Bhakra has the potential to generate 1,575 million units of power, this year, last year its capacity was 1,193 MUs which 32 per cent extra. The Pong, on the other hand, can produce 1,036 MUs as against 848 MUs last year which is almost 18 per cent more.
The inflow in the Bhakra has been recorded at 1,058.43 cubic metres per second and the outflow has been recorded at 1,014.37 m3/sec. At Pong, the inflow is 492.37 m3/sec and the outflow is 341.81 m3/sec. The filing season yet to come to an end on September 20, the BBMB is hopeful that it would be able to store more energy in its reservoirs, according to Chairman cum Managing Director of PSPCL Baldev SinghSran.
The increased generation at the hydel power plants has already prompted the power corporation to shut down the state-owned thermal units where the cost of generation is more as compared to the power plants being run by the independent power producers (IPPs) in the state. Despite the shut down, the PSPCL on Monday was able to meet a power demand ranging between 10230MW to 10965 MW.
Chairman cum Managing Director Baldev Singh Sran said this year the power demand had touched 13500 MW which was 1000 MW more as compared to last year.
Yet the PSPCL had managed to meet the peak demand without the implementation of any regulatory measures, but more generation at hydel projects can surely assist the corporation in reducing its cost of power, he said.