The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd met the demand for 20,330 MW power on Saturday without any load curtailment, which is almost equal to the highest ever demand of 20,340MW power recorded on April 23, 2018.
This demand is about 3,500MW more as compared to the previous year for September. The rise in demand is mainly on account of a rise in agricultural demand due to the dry spell, a statement issued by the distribution company said.
This demand was successfully met despite reduced availability from various generators tied up under long term power purchase, due to prevailing coal shortage scenario.
“The total availability from long-term contracted generator was around 14,354MW as against contracted capacity of 29,840MW. The generation available from Mahagenco was 5,116MW, about 3,536MW from NTPC, about 461MW from NPCIL and 2,394MW from Adani Power. The total contracted capacity of 1,200MW was available from RPL. Further, 588MW from CGPL, 280MW from JSW and 87MW from EMCO was available,” the statement said. In respect of generation from renewable energy source, 628MW was available from solar and 115MW from wind projects.
In anticipation of the demand rise, the distribution company has made arrangements to meet the shortfall by purchase of power through bilateral short term tender and Indian Energy Exchange.