According to reports, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, is likely to shortly approve norms to encourage wind and solar power generation in the State.
Following a review of the power situation in the State, it was decided to take up the recommendations of Group of Ministers on wind and solar power for consideration and approval.
The independent power producers of wind and solar have been pleading with the Sate to come out with norms that will incentivise to set up projects.
While reviewing the power supply situation, AP Transco was directed to gear up to meet additional power requirement. He assured the release of about Rs 600 crore to meet immediate funds requirements.
The Chief Minister directed the Finance Department to consider immediate requirements of AP Transco to manage the present situation. AP Transco was asked to explore all possibilities to buy power both within and near the State.
He assured to take up with the Centre to restore the 1400 MW power supply from NTPC to Andhra Pradesh. The coal supply to NTPC from Talcher increased from 6 rakes to 9 rakes.
The average power demand in 2012 is 276 million units a day against 253 mu a day in 2011. The power supply was 240 mu a day in 2011 and 216 mu a day in 2012. The average deficit per day now is 59.46 mu.
Discoms are supplying 215-220 mu with a shortfall of 40-45 mu a day.