Ministry of Power has issued directions to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to supply as much power as available to Delhi DISCOMs under respective power purchase agreements (PPAs).
The ministry has also issued guidelines on October 11, 2021, regarding utilisation of unallocated power of central generating stations by the states, a power ministry statement said.
Keeping in view the declared capacity (DC) offered to the Delhi discoms in last 10 days, the Ministry of Power has issued instructions on October 10, 2021, to NTPC and DVC to secure power supply to Delhi, the ministry stated adding that this will ensure that distribution companies (discoms) of Delhi will get as much as power as requisitioned by them as per their demand.
The ministry has directed that NTPC and DVC may offer the normative declared capacity (DC) to the Delhi discoms as per their allocations made to them under respective power purchase agreements (PPAs), from their coal-based power stations. Both NTPC and DVC have committed to provide as much electricity to Delhi as demanded by discoms of Delhi, the ministry stated.
It also directed that NTPC may offer the normative DC to the Delhi discoms as per their allocations (from gas based power plants) made to them under respective PPAs.
The gas available from all sources including SPOT, LT-RLNG etc may be included while offering the DC to Delhi discoms, it stated. In addition, the ministry stated that guidelines have also been issued regarding utilisation of unallocated power, on October 11, 2021, to meet the increased demand from the coal based power generation.
Under these guidelines, states have been requested to use the unallocated power for supplying electricity to the consumers of the state; and in case of surplus power, the states are requested to intimate so that this power can be reallocated to other needy state. Further, if any state is found selling power in power exchange or not scheduling this unallocated power, their unallocated power may be temporarily reduced or withdrawn and reallocated to other States which are in need of such power, the ministry stated.
In a factsheet on the power supply situation in Delhi, the ministry stated that the maximum demand of Delhi was 4536 MW (peak) and 96.2 MU (Energy) on 10 October, 2021. 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, it stated. It also showed that there was no energy deficit in Delhi during the two weeks period till October 10, 2021.
This comes a day after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the power situation is “very critical” in the entire country even as his cabinet colleague Satyendar Jain claimed that the Delhi government has to depend on costly gas-based power and spot purchase at high market rate as the NTPC has halved electricity supply to the city.
Kejriwal said all efforts were being made to address the power crisis and his government did not want that any “emergency situation” is created. “The situation is very critical in the entire country. Several chief ministers have written to the Centre about it. All are trying together to improve the situation,” he told mediapersons.
Earlier in the day, Power minister Satyendar Jain said the Delhi government has to depend on costly gas-based power as well as spot purchase at high market rate as the NTPC has halved power supply to the city from the usual 4,000 MW. NTPC has adequate coal supplies to meet any power requirement in Delhi, sources at the Centre claimed, and added that the discoms can schedule power from its Dadri Power plant.
Jain claimed most of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) plants are running at 50-55 percent capacity as their coal stocks are reduced to meet one-two days need. Delhi purchases most of its power from NTPC but supply has been halved, Jain told reporters.