BSES gears up for Delhi’s summer power demand at record peak

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Peak power demand in Delhi this summer has broken all records to touch the highest mark of 6,934 MW and the two BSES distribution companies (discoms) in the capital have taken measures like long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) and banking arrangements with various states, as well as with neighbouring Bhutan, BSES said on Friday.

A BSES statement said the peak power demand broke the previous record of 6,651 MW on June 1, while this is the fourth time in June 2018 that last year’s all-time high record of peak power demand in Delhi of 6,526 MW has been broken.

“Arrangements have been firmed up by BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL) to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of their around 40 lakh consumers. These arrangements include long-term PPAs and banking arrangements with other states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu and Bhutan,” it said.

“BSES discoms will get upto 665 MW of power through banking arrangements. Additionally, around 150 MW of renewal energy from Himachal Pradesh and around 20 MW from Rajasthan will further boost the power arrangements.

“In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages of power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange,” it added.

The BSES discoms have invested substantial resources during the year to strengthen the network for taking additional power load during summer months, the statement said.

“BSES discoms continued to invest heavily in the network and deployed capital expenditure of over Rs 900 crore during FY 2017-2018,” it said.

The BSES uses advanced statistical forecasting models and weather forecasting solutions to prepare accurate day ahead, intra-day and medium-term demand forecasting, which is vital for optimal and cost effective power planning, it added.

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