GUWAHATI, Feb 15 � The Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and its successor Assam Power Distribution Company: Ltd (APDCL) have been facing at present a shortfall of around 80 MW of power during the peak load hours. Both the Board and the APDCL are expected to make up the largest part of this deficit by the next week, said ASEB sources.
The State needs around 950 MW of power during the peak load hours and between 600 MW and 650 MW of power during the off peak load hours these days. The demand is expected to go up from today. Usually, said the sources, power demand goes up from February 15.
The annual rate of rise in power demand in the State is between 8 per cent and 10 per cent. This time, the rise in the demand for power is expected to be between 50 MW and 100 MW, said the sources.
The ASEB is taking up supply of an additional amount of 50 MW with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC). And this amount of power is expected to be made available to the ASEB and its successor company by the NTPC with effect from the next week.
The ASEB is receiving 180 MW of power from the NTPC, said the sources.