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Punjab’s chief minister writes to the government requesting the allocation of an extra 1,000 MW of electricity

Bhagwant Mann, the chief minister of Punjab, has requested in writing to the Centre that an extra 1,000 MW of energy be allocated for the forthcoming rice season.

The state’s generating capacity is just approximately 6,500 MW, but the peak demand is anticipated to reach 15,500 MW in the summer, according to CM Mann in a letter to the Union minister for Power R K Singh.

Mann asked assistance of power up to 1,000 MW from June 15 till October 10 that may be given to Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) from central sector generating plants to help meet the peak demand of energy of 15,500 MW in the next paddy/summer season.

The state power company, PSPCL, is continuously monitoring the power availability on the PUShP (High Price Day Ahead Market and Surplus Power) webpage, according to Mann’s letter.

“As the demand for electricity cannot be reliably met through the collective transaction segment of power exchange, the state is in definite need of firm allocation of RTC power of 1,000 MW for the period from 15.6.2023 to 15.10.2023,” Mann added.

According to him, the latest IMD (Indian Meteorological Department) prognosis of poor monsoon rainfall in North-Western India, including Punjab, has further forced the need for extra electricity.

In the sake of the country’s food security, paddy planting must be safeguarded; hence, our proposal for more power allocation from central sector generating stations.

The CM said that on February 20th, the Ministry of Power issued directives addressing the application of Section 11 of the Electricity Act, 2003 to imported coal-based facilities, and that these directives are still in effect as of June 15th.

“Due to our 475 MW participation in CGPL, Mundra and the upcoming summer season, these directives bear relevance in the case of Punjab.

“Since June 10, 2023, would mark the start of Punjab’s peak demand and paddy season, the State will urgently need reliable, 24-hour electricity. As a result, it has asked that these instructions be extended until October 15, 2023,” he stated.

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