Delhi discoms utilising only 70% of available power: NTPC

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on Tuesday said it has been making required power available to Delhi but the state’s power distribution companies scheduled only 70% of the electricity.

The statement comes after Delhi power minister Satyendra Jain on Monday said the state’s power plants are left with 2-3 days’ stock while NTPC was operating plants supplying to the state at half capacity.

An NTPC statement said as per data available between October 1- October 11, Delhi discoms scheduled less electricity than made available by NTPC. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written to Prime Minister Modi citing critical low and gas stocks at its power stations that could lead to blackout.

The Union power ministry on Monday said it has directed NTPC and DVC to ensure that distribution companies of Delhi get as much power as requisitioned by them as per their demand.

The maximum demand of Delhi was 4536 Mw and 96.2 Million units on October 10.

“As per the information received from Delhi discoms, there was no outage on account of power shortage, as the required amount of power was supplied to them,” the power ministry said in a statement.

NTPC said the Delhi discoms have allocation of 756 Mw from Dadri-I (840 MW) thermal power station of NTPC. “Dadri -1 thermal power station was setup for strategically important state of Delhi and has consistently served the consumers of Delhi. However, since November-2020, Delhi Discoms have not been scheduling power from this station even when the fixed charge of Dadri-I station is 0.97 Rs/kWh at normative present Energy Charge Rate is 3.20 Rs/kWh,” it said. Ironically, Uttar Pradesh, which has allocation of only 10% from Dadri I units, is scheduling power from Dadri-I station to meet the power requirement of the state consumers, it added.

In the first half of financial year 2021-22, NTPC’s generation growth has been over 21% compared to the same period last year, the company statement said.

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