The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM) had proposed to adopt TOD (time of day) tariff to control consumption during peak time. The TOD proposal stresses the need to reduce the difference between peak and off-peak demand through different tariffs for peak and off-peak supply by installing TOD meters. Bescom is planning to submit an application before the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) this week, proposing the Pune model TOD tariff.For nearly a month, the Karnataka state had been reeling under acute power shortage with Bangalore experiencing two-hour load shedding every day, while the rural areas had six hours of load shedding daily. This was attributed to a 1,700-MW shortage in meeting the demand.The total electricity production in the state is 8,500 MW as against a demand of 10,200 MW.
Karnataka state government is claiming that the additional power mopped up from various sources would help it overcome 60 per cent of the shortage.About 300 MW of energy is purchased from co-generation units of sugar factories. Another 300 MW is being supplied by the Bellary thermal plant which has managed to fix all its problems. Besides, the seven units of the Raichur Thermal Power Station have ensured a continuous power supply of 1,400 MW.
"Earlier, we were paying Rs 2.80 per unit for 80 MW from sugar factories. The government is now spending Rs 7.25 per unit to get power from them. The co-generating units were supplying surplus power to other states but now we have managed to get 300 MW from them," said energy minister K S Eshwarappa.He added that the government has purchased 70 MW of power from Jindal Thermal Power Company, 200 MW from GMR (Tanneerbavi) and another 200 MW through barter system at a total cost of Rs 400 crore.
To meet the state's energy needs, the government had planned to tap 5,000 MW through renewable energy by unveiling in a new renewable energy policy. About 2,000 MW is being generated from renewable energy sources.
But there is no hope yet While the state government has announced that additional power is being supplied to the state since 01-12-2008 to mitigate the power crisis, load shedding in Bangalore continues. Bescom officials said that load shedding will continue for two hours in the city and six hours in rural areas.
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