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No power scarcity; wherever some, it’s due to states’ own constraints: R K Singh

Power Minister RK Singh mentioned on Monday that the nation’s thermal power crops had ample coal shares to meet power demand and that shares on the crops had been rising. India’s coal-fired thermal power crops have been going through low coal shares, with quite a lot of states together with Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh resorting to load shedding due to insufficient power provide.

As on October 24, the crops had a mean of 5 days price of coal stock, up from 4 days for many of October however nonetheless effectively under the 15-30 days of really useful ranges primarily based on their distance from the supply of coal.

“There was no (power) shortage yesterday and it did not happen earlier also. Wherever there has been some shortage that has been because of their (states’) own constraints,” mentioned Singh, including that thermal power crops at current have 8.1 million tonnes of coal stock which is the very best stage since October 1 and the scenario would proceed to enhance.

He mentioned dues from state and central power technology corporations (gencos) to Coal India amounted to about Rs 16,000 crore, noting that until power distribution corporations pay gencos, they might not find a way to pay for coal. “Dues of all generating companies (excluding state generating companies) are Rs 75,000 crore,” Singh mentioned, talking on the launch of the Green Day Ahead Market (GDAM) for the commerce of renewable power.

On the launch of the GDAM, he mentioned “this will benefit both the distribution companies and the gencos”, noting that the change would permit gencos to promote on the change any power that’s not drawn by discoms.

Singh added that the change would “open the gates” for renewable power turbines as it could permit turbines to arrange capability with out going via a bidding course of by SECI, NTPC, NHPC or the states. “They can sell directly to any industry or any distribution company … If distribution companies want to buy they will have to do it in a competitive manner.”

The minister mentioned the change would additionally scale back the stress of renewable buy obligations (RPO) on state distribution corporations set by the Centre.

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