The electrical burden

Electrical Batteries at Kone software development center, in Chennai.

Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) has implemented a load shedding regime for almost seven hours a day. While the consumers in general is suffering much from the load shedding, it has proved costly to the industrial sector. Industries in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to face 34 hours of load shedding a week. It is attributed by MSEDCL to the shortfall of about 5000 MW in demand and supply chain. To overcome the shortage of power, industries have to use generators and a lot of diesel is being used for the purpose. Moreover, the MSEDCL has steadfastly refused the buyers to take electricity from other sources.

Naushad Forbes, chairman of Confederation of Indian Industries (Western Region), said, « The argument that is made is that this way those who can afford to pay for power will get power while those who cannot afford to pay for this power get less reliable power supply. That is the way it should be ­ otherwise you have this current dog-in-the-manger attitude of the Maharashtra Government and MSEDSCL where they cannot supply power but will not less others who CAN supply power to willing buyers go ahead. Islanding Pune is the only solution, we should not waste time on alternatives that are makeshift solutions at best ».

Three Times High Cost

Giving out the details of increased cost of power to industries, he said, « It costs about Rs 3 to generate a unit of power in an old utility power plant. In a new plant, set up for the purpose, maybe it costs Rs 4 per unit. Against that, industry pays Rs 5 to the grid for power, so there a more than adequate margin to justify the investment on a full cost basis. Compare this with generator based power, which currently costs Rs 12 per unit, and if we pay the market rate for diesel, then Rs 25 per unit. That is what the absurd policies of MSEDSCL is forcing industry to do as of now. All they need to do is get out of the way and let Tata Power and Reliance Power supply power to Pune consumers at Rs 5 per unit ­ to anyone who is willing to pay that price. »

In an earlier meeting, Forbes had said that though industry protested against the situation, the government has cared least in the matter.

Anant Sardeshmukh, director general of Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agricultre (MCCIA), said, « We are losing Rs 500 Crores daily because of this problem. The solution to this problem is long term one. But at present, buying power from other sources in the only problem. »

MCCIA had filed a petition with Maharshtra Energy Regulatory Commission for the delimiting of Pune which would have facilitated to buy power from other sources other than MSEDCL. But MERC dismissed the petition. Now again, MCCIA is planning to approach the regulatory authority with the same demand. « We are discussing the option. A decision will be taken very soon, » Sardeshmukh told Pune Mirror.

The Falling Generation

Meanwhile, Vivek Velankar of Sajag Nagarik Manch, who was among the architects of Pune Model of Zero Load Shedding, said, « MSEDCL is not the only to blame. It has to shared by Maharashtra State Electricity Generation Company Limited whose plants are running way below the capacity. These plants produce just 60 percent electricity of their capacity. Even if they start generating 10 to 15 percent more power, we can reduce the load shedding by about 20 percent. The power situation in the country is so bleak that even buying power from Energy Exchange seems impossible now. »

The accusation was also levied by Pimpri Chinchwad Small Industries Association. Suresh Mhetre, president and Nitin Bankar, secretary of the association blamed that bad management on the part of MSEDCL and low-generation by Hydro and Thermal Power Plants are responsible for the load shedding.

The Dark Picture – Cost of Power

Normal : Rs 4 per Unit

Taken from Grid : Rs 5 per Unit

Generator Based Power : Rs 12 per Unit

After paying for Diesel : Rs 25 per Unit 

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