Broken coal-fired power generation capacity due to a dry fuel shortage fell to 5 GW on Thursday from 11 GW on Tuesday, according to the Union Energy Ministry. The latest data indicates that the crisis situation due to the coal shortage is easing. Various power plants in different parts of the country are struggling with fuel shortages and efforts are being made to increase fuel supplies.
Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) said the total capacity of units out of order due to low coal stocks increased from 11 GW on October 12 to 5 GW on October 14, the ministry said in a statement. The blackout refers to the non-production of electricity due to a coal shortage.
On Wednesday, the ministry said the black-out coal-fired power generation capacity was reduced to 6 GW on October 13. In one day, 1 GW of electrical capacity was put into service amid the ongoing coal crisis. According to a fact sheet on the national capital’s electricity supply provided by the ministry on Thursday, Delhi’s peak demand was 4,382 MW (peak) and 95.4 MU (million units of energy) October 13.
According to the information received from the Delhi discoms, there was no blackout due to a power shortage as the required amount of electricity was supplied to them. The ministry also said discoms or power distribution companies have an allocation of 756 MW from Dadri Stage-I and were offered 9.5 MU on October 13.
However, the ministry said no power was drawn by the discoms. This power was in addition to the various Delhi discom allocations provided by the state-owned NTPC and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). The fact sheet showed that there was no energy deficit in the city from September 28 to October 13. In Delhi, 95.4 MU of electricity was available against a need of 95.4 MU on October 13.
In Delhi, 101.5 MU of electricity was available against a need of 101.5 MU on October 12. As a result, energy demand started to moderate in Delhi with the onset of autumn, according to the fact sheet.
According to the ministry, energy availability was greater than needed as of October 11. That day, 101.9 MU of electricity was available while the need was 101.1 MU. It also showed that peak power demand and met peak power demand (supply) remained the same until October 13.
According to the fact sheet, the discoms in Delhi had consumed less electricity than what was available to them. In addition, it showed that NTPC’s coal-fired power plants offered Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (DDL) 17.04 UM of electricity against the allocated 18.96 UM. But the Tata Power DDL had drawn 16.35 UM, or 95.95% of the energy made available to it by the coal-fired power stations of NTPC.
Likewise, the electricity supplied by Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and NTPC (gas) to Delhi nightclubs was higher than that consumed by these utilities. BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd are the other two nightclubs in the nation’s capital.