Govt sets guidelines on unallocated power to prevent misuse by states

The Central government has issued guidelines to ensure the states do not misuse electricity allocated from coal-based power stations of Central public sector undertaking.

In case, any state is found selling power in power exchange or not scheduling this unallocated power, their unallocated power may be temporarily cut or withdrawn and reallocated to other states which are in need of such power, an official statement issued by Union power ministry said.

in general, 15 percent of capacity of Central power generating stations is reserved as unallocated quota, which is distributed among states as per a fixed formulae.  “Under these guidelines, the states have been solicited 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, the official release said.

The directions follows a statement made by Delhi power minister Satyendra Jain on Monday that the state’s power plants are left with two-three stock while NTPC was operating plants supplying to the state at half capacity. “As per the info received from Delhi discoms, there was no outage on account of power shortage, as the required amount of power was supplied to them,” the power ministry added.

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