13 power plants closed due to coal shortage, MSEDCL asks customers to use electricity sparingly

Coal shortages across the country have led to the temporary shutdown of 13 thermal power plants providing electricity to the Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL).

As a result, the 3,330 MW power supply was cut, according to an official statement from MSEDCL. Efforts are being made to provide electricity from hydropower and other sources as well as immediate purchases to bridge the gap.

The power company is working to avoid power cuts in the state and has called on consumers to use electricity sparingly from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. to balance supply and demand.

Thermal power generation has been declining for several days due to coal shortages across the country. The units currently closed are the Chandrapur, Bhusawal and Nashik units of Mahagenco of 210 MW each, Paras-250 MW and Bhusawal and the 500 MW of Chandrapur each. Apart from this, four 640 MW units of Postal Gujarat Power Limited (Gujarat) and three 810 MW units of Ratan India Power Limited (Amravati) are closed.

Currently, electricity is purchased on the open market to fill the 3,330 MW gap between electricity demand and availability. Due to the increase in demand for electricity across the country, the purchase price of electricity is more and more expensive. 700 MW of electricity are purchased on the open market at a rate of Rs 13.60 per unit.

In addition, electricity is supplied by the Koyna Dam as well as other small hydropower plants and unconventional energy sources.

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Demand for electricity has also increased due to rising temperatures in the state. MSEDCL supplied 17,289 MW of electricity in the state (excluding Mumbai) on Saturday.

Due to rains in parts of the state over the past 24 hours, demand for electricity has declined today.

As of Sunday morning, there was a demand for 18,200 MW in the state.

To avoid power cuts, according to the order of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, three-phase electricity is supplied over the agricultural connections for 8 hours day or night in a circular fashion.

Electricity utility officials have said that reducing electricity consumption during the peak demand period will narrow the gap between demand and supply and there will be no need for load shedding.