Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (CSPDCL) is expected to procure power to the tune of 980 MW by the end of FY 2018-19, officials informed.
Chhattisgarh had met a peak demand of 3,638 MW during FY 2014-15, which is expected to grow to 5,857 MW by the year FY 2018-19 , they informed.
As on date, Marwa TPP of capacity 1000 MW is the only project under construction or planned in the State of Chhattisgarh .
In addition, to meet the future demand of consumers, Chhattisgarh has also signed PPA with central generating stations which will likely increase the current allocation from central generating stations from 1191 MW on April 1, 2015 to 2281 MW by March 2019.
Further, power supply from CPPs and IPPs is also expected to increase from 199 MW to 954 MW by March 2019.
The State has also planned to procure power from renewable sources to fulfil its RPO obligation from hydro, solar and biomass based power plants.
Chhattisgarh state transmission network is connected to the inter-state transmission system (ISTS) through 400kV/ 220kV PGCIL substations at Kumhari-Raipur, Bhatapara and Raigarh through 400kV and 200kV transmission lines having a total transformation capacity of 2,205 MVA.
It is also connected directly to the inter-state transmission system from Chhattisgarh Power Transmission Company (CSPTCL) owned 400/200 KV s/s at Khedamara, Bhilai to Koradi and Seone, both in Madhya Pradesh and Bhadravati in Maharashtra through 400 KV interstate lines.
The State also has 765/400 kV inter-state transmission lines having a transformation capacity of 21,000 MVA at substations and length of 2,574 circuit kilometres.
Notably, Chhattisgarh government is also planning to add 2640 MW of additional renewable energy capacity by financial year 2018-19, officials informed.
The State currently has total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and roof top), wind biomass and small hydro.
It has also planned to install solar powered pump sets for agriculture consumers which will benefit 16,000 consumers.
It may be recalled that there are significantly more number of villages which are to be electrified in Chhattisgarh using the off-grid (solar) mode than the grid-based (conventional power supply).
The State is launching a ‘Solar Community Irrigation Project’ for drawing water extracted using solar pumps for supplying to the agricultural land of farmers across the State.
The Central government has released Rs 12 lakh each for Raipur and Bilaspur for the Solar City project, officials informed.
The total sanctioned funds for the two cities is Rs 43 lakh each.
A total amount of Rs. 67.01 crore has been sanctioned for preparation of master plans, solar city cells, promotional activities and installation of renewable energy projects and an amount of Rs. 24.16 crore has been released, so far, under Solar City Programme.
Out of 7 identified solar cities in Maharashtra, an amount of Rs. 7.74 crore has been sanctioned and an amount of Rs. 3.04 crore has been released for 6 solar cities.
Notably , Chhattisgarh will procure additional power from renewable energy sources to the tune of approximately 700 MW by FY 2018, officials informed.
With this the average power purchase cost for Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (CSPDCL) based on the above power availability will increase from 2.58 Rs/kWh in FY 2015-16 to 3.12 Rs/kWh in FY 2018, they informed.
The rates have been derived based on cost of power at existing rates and considering no escalation in power purchase cost since it is passing through for the distribution company.
Chhattisgarh has two ‘waste-to-energy’ power plants proposed with a total installed capacity of 10 MW, officials informed.
Notably, five Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) to energy plants with a cumulative installed capacity of 66.5 MW are currently operational/under trial run in the country.
The Chhattisgarh government has decided to set up a ‘Waste to Energy’ power generation plant in Durg district.
The Government intends to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) administration for jointly taking up the project, officials informed.
The project is proposed to be undertaken under ‘Swachch Bharat Abhiyan’ under the Government’s solid waste management project.
The proposed ‘Waste to Energy’ plant would utilise waste generated from municipal corporations of Bhilai, Durg, Bhilai-Charoda, two municipal councils mainly Jamul and Kumhari and three Nagar Panchayats mainly Utai, Patan and Gunderdehi.
Notably, the state-owned Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Ltd (CSPDCL) in January last year had also announced that it will be purchasing 50 MW of electricity from bio-mass power producers in the State.
The company would sign a 20-year agreement with the power producers, officials stated.