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Andhra Pradesh CM says Solar power generation should be encouraged in a big way

According to reports, the Chief Minister Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy today asked the Energy department officials to speed up the power projects and step up the generation. He said energy supply should be made comfortable to the consumers of all categories and if need be by giving for additional power purchases. He directed they should not give room for any complaints and supply should be monitored at the highest level besides keeping track of supplies transformer-wise.

The Chief Minister directed the officials that he should get SMS everyday on the day’s demand-supply position. Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy today held a detailed review meeting on the Energy sector-both generation and distribution with top officials at Secretariat. Chief Secretary Dr.P.K.Mohanty, Principal Secretary, Energy, M Sahoo, Chairman and MD, AP Transco, Suresh Chanda, MD, APGENCO and other officials attended the meeting. The Chief Minister also said that Public Sector Companies who are willing should be invited to set up solar power units as per terms and conditions. Officials suggested that Solar water heaters also could be made mandatory for new individual houses. Solar power panels could be erected atop the Government buildings like Secretariat, Collectorates, SP Offices, other Government offices, hospitals, colleges, polytechnics and other buildings. Officials informed that power supplied on an average per day in July 2013 (up to 5th) is 228.87 million units (mu) against the average demand per day of 255.53 mu. This is in comparison to power supply same period last year of 209.95 mu against the demand of 250.02 mu.
The deficit now is only 36.66 mu per day. Several measures are being taken to overcome the deficit and though orders were placed for procuring more than 3,000 mw from the month of June 2013 till May, 2014, only 1500 mw is likely to be available due to corridor constraints from the New grid. Discussions are being held with the suppliers. Presently there are no load reliefs in Hyderabad, Warangal, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam, District Headquarters and Corporations in the State. Power supply is also now being maintained at 100% to the industries. The load reliefs of 2 hours are maintained in towns and Municipalities and Mandal Headquarters. However, 7 hours power supply is being maintained for the farmers throughout the State.
 Officials also forecast that power supply will be stepped up and there will be only 20.99 mu per day and next month the supply will be 235.49 mu as against the increased demand of 269.83 mu and during September, 2013 the supply will be 251.88 mu as against the demand of 291.72 mu. To manage the gap, if required RLNG and Naphtha will be used as per grid conditions. Officials said that during this year, Krishnapatnam 1st unit of 800 mw and Sagar Tail Pond of 50 mw and Hindustan 1st Unit 520 mw will be commissioned and 255 mw from Tuticorin and 120 mw from Central Generating Stations also expected. Krihnapatnam II unit 800 mw, Kakatiya 600 mw and Hinduja II Unit 520 mw will be commissioned during 2014. Besides, 500 mw solar and 500 mw wind energy are likely to be added making a grand total of 4745 mw by 2013-2014. The average contribution from AP Genco was around 91 mu per day to AP Grid during June, 2013. The generation is reduced due to poor quality of coal. Efforts are being made to improve coal quality by blending domestic coal with imported coal. 400 KV substation at Sattenapalli is under construction at an estimated cost of Rs.108 crores and is likely to be commissioned by November, 2013. In all, 882 CKM of 400 KV lines are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs.1553 crores and is likely to be completed by March, 2014.
Two 400 KV Substations at Kamavarapukota and Suryapeta and lines of 810 KM are proposed at an estimated cost of Rs.2015.93 crs and are likely to be commissioned by November, 2014. Two 400 KV substations at Narsapur and Nirmal and lines at an estimated cost of Rs.1085.37 crs are likely to be commissioned during 2015-16. 400 KV Substations and Lines Proposed: Wind Evacuation Schemes-Proposal submitted to MNRE, for Wind Evacuation at an estimated cost of Rs.3373 cr for 40% grant under National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF). AP Transco has already gone ahead and is constructing 3 Nos. 400 KV substation at Uravakonda, Jammalamadugu and Hindupur. Five 400 KV substations proposed at Kalikiri, Podili, Garividi, Maheshwaram and Manikonda at an estimated cost of about Rs.1000 crs. 220 KV Substations & Lines under construction: 13 Nos. 220 KV Substations and 1357 CKM of associated lines are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs.1340 crs. All the works are expected to be completed by end of March, 2014.
Thirty-two 220 KV substations along with associated lines are proposed for next 4 years at an estimated cost of Rs.1400 crores. Forty-two 132 KV Substations and 953 CKM of associated lines are under construction at an estimated cost of Rs.916 crores. All the works are expected to be completed by end of March, 2014. Sixty-eight 132 KV substations along with associated lines are proposed for next 4 years at an estimated cost of Rs.1250 crs. It is proposed to add 365 Nos. 33/11 KV substations during the current year and around 1800 in next 4 years. It is proposed to add additional one lakh distribution Transformers every year in the State during next 4 years. An investment of Rs.8000 crores would be made by Discoms in next 4 years. As far as solar power is concerned, 1200 MW registered and 23.75 MW commissioned till date. Tendered to buy 1000 MW at bench mark of Rs.6.49 per unit.
LOI has been issued for 145 MW for 31 Locations and another 273 MW is under process. Solar Roof-top subsidy for domestic users and net metering permitted. Guidelines are being worked out with safety standards. The AP Solar Power Policy 2012 allows incentives and are made applicable for the solar developers who commission the solar power plants by June 2014.

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