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Wind energy helps state discoms, no overdrawing from Northern Grid this year

According to reports, after a hard-learnt lesson, the state power department is avoiding over-drawing power from the Northern Grid while meeting the high demand of power this summer.

In a rare scenario unlike last year, the state is currently under-drawing from the Northern Grid. Over-drawing was the main reason for the collapse of the Northern Grid last year, after which discom officials including that of Rajasthan were fined. Despite the present severe heat conditions, the frequency at the Northern Grid is well above 50 and most states including Rajasthan are drawing lesser than what they are entitled to because of what happened last year.

While in May 2012, the state had over-drawn power from the Northern Grid on all days except one, this year, it has under-drawn power on all days of May except on May 13 when it over-drew 8.71 lakh units power. On Monday, the state had drawn 68.67 lakh units of power lesser than what was approved from the Northern Grid.

The state is currently reeling under extreme weather conditions and the demand for power is recorded to be among the highest for the season. On May 17, the demand stood at at 1,701 lakh units as against the same period in 2012, the highest demand was 1,515 lakh units. Since then, the demand has ranged between 1566.54 lakh units and 1659.80 lakh units. Though, there has been a slight dip in demand, the gap between demand and availability still exists.

However, what comes as a major relief is the wind energy. Since the unprecedented rise in the demand, the state discoms have been getting more than 200 lakh units of power through wind energy. “Harsh sand-storms are frequent in the summers, which is one of the major reasons behind the increase in power production by wind. As the availability currently is almost three times that what it was at the beginning of this month, it has helped bridge the deficit to a large extent,” a senior official of the Jaipur discom said.

This being the election year, the state power department has prepared itself to meet the high demand and made advance purchases. “The state gets about 400 MW of power per day, which comes to about 96 lakh units, as part of advance purchase agreement from the Northern Grid and other states. This was done keeping in mind that the situation to enforce power cuts during the election year does not arise,” the official added.

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