Power ministry prepares for the summer

NEW DELHI: The power ministry has worked out a multi-pronged approach to prepare for the summer, including extending the mandate for imported coal-based units to run at full capacity till September and exploring the possibility of using surplus power from captive plants, according to a statement released Tuesday.

The current direction for plants to run at maximum capacity, under Section 11 of The Electricity Act, 2003, ends in June.

Power minister RK Singh held a series of meetings to review the power capacities and preparations for the summer that is expected to exhibit above-normal temperatures in most parts of the country, according to the statement. A peak demand of 260 GW is expected between April and June, higher than the peak of 243 GW recorded last year in September.

The ministry will also examine if similar directions could be extended to gas-based power plants to ensure they operate in coming months.

William Murphy

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