The central transmission utility, Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL), and the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) have locked horns over the allotment of space in the inter-state transmission network for bringing power to Kerala.
Although the KSEB had sought permission to bring 1,939 MW, the PGCIL has allegedly sanctioned 'corridor' space for just 3 MW from June. The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) is scheduled to take up a KSEB petition on the issue on July 5.The Commission has also instructed the PGCIL not to allocate the lines to anyone else until then, the KSEB said.
At the moment, only 200 MW is being brought to Kerala through the inter-state transmission network. According to the KSEB, the PGCIL is claiming that the line is incapable of handling more.
However, a joint study conducted on a demand by the KSEB had revealed that there was no problem in transmitting up to 436 MW, the KSEB said in a statement. Besides, the KSEB had been bringing 200 MW under mid-term purchase agreements and a further 216 MW under short-term agreements up to May. The mid-term arrangement had expired in May and the corridor space has not been allotted to any other entity so far.The problem faced by the KSEB is that the lion's share of the electricity that will be needed for the state during the current fiscal has to be brought from outside. Of the projected demand of 22,059 million units (MU) in 2014-15, 14,440 MU has to be brought from outside the state. Of the latter, 4,400 MU has to be procured through short, mid and long-term purchases.
Corridor space is absolutely essential for meeting the power demands, notwithstanding how strong the monsoons are. The PGCIL is the designated agency for approving the transmission of power purchased through long and mid-term agreements. Short-term transmissions have to be approved by the zonal load despatch centres which are controlled by the PGCIL.
Source- Indian Express