GUWAHATI, Dec 26 � A shortfall of around 200 MW of power during the peak load hours is experienced in the State these days. The State is also experiencing a shortfall of around 150 MW of power during the off peak load hours. The power demand during the peak load hours is around 1050 MW, while its off peak load hour power demand is around 750 MW.
The Assam Power Distribution Company (APDCL) has been trying to purchase 100 MW of power from the power exchange to meet the peak load hour power demand. But due to transmission constraints of the Eastern Region Power Grid, only around 50 MW it could purchase, said sources in the APDCL.
According to the sources, the APDCL has been purchasing 100 MW of power on a round-the-clock basis from the power market.
The State is receiving between 180 MW and 200 MW of power from the Assam Power Generation Company Ltd, around 400 MW from the Central Sector power generators, 100 MW from the open market and 100 MW additional power from the hydel stations located in the NE region during the peak load hours, sources said. The State is expecting to receive 120 MW of power from the first unit of the Palatana Thermal Power Project by March/ April next and another quantity of 120 MW from its second unit by October next. The Palatana project is now supplying around 50 MW to 100 MW of power occasionally on trial basis.