Mahagenco had sought to buy fuel worth around Rs 9,330 crores for the old units but the commission has increased it to around Rs 9,720 crores. However, against Mahagenco's target of generating 36,547 million units (MU) the commission has set a target of 39,155 MU, which is 7% higher.
The plant load factor (PLF), a measure of generation efficiency, for all power plants has also been set higher than that proposed by Mahagenco for 2012-13. However, it is highly doubtful whether Mahagenco will be able to meet the commission's target. Against a target of 80% PLF, the Paras plant's was an abysmal 41% in 2010-11.
The Commission has directed Genco to adhere to the action plan for improving PLF as per recommendations given by Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) and submit a report on the steps being taken up by it for the same within three months.
Mahagenco had claimed that low PLF was mainly because of the age of its units coupled with the inferior quality of coal. Genco said in its reply that it has undertaken several measures to improve quality and quantity of coal, including setting up its own washery, ensuring that coal companies deliver contracted amount of coal, joint sampling of coal, etc.
Replying to consumer queries on high 102% PLF achieved by Reliance' Dahanu plant, Mahagenco said that Reliance procures coal only from one source, which is of better quality. On the contrary, it has to procure coal from variety of sources and the coal quality is poorer than Dahanu.
The commission has also directed Genco to constitute a committee to investigate the huge variations in calorific value of blended coal when it is stored and received at units. The report with recommendations and action plan to limit storage losses within six months should be submitted to it soon.