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News Brief | September 2012

Developing hydro capacity is needed: CEA

The share of hydro power to India's overall power generation capacity has fallen from 45 per cent in 1980 to 20 per cent.  A report by a committee probing the grid failures, headed by Central Electricity Authority Chairman AS Bakshi, stated that over-drawing by states despite repeated warnings, the consequent over-loading of lines taking power from the western to the northern region and voltage relays were some reasons behind the grid failures that occurred on July 30 and 31. A Velayutham, member of the Bakshi committee and a former member of the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, said that addition of more hydro/pumped storage hydro power plants may help improve frequency control and grid operation.

Jayant Kawale, Managing Director, Jindal Power (hydro & renewable), said that a more lasting solution needs to be found by specifically developing those sources of generation that match seasonal load variations.  With more than 50,000 mw of generation potential in Arunachal Pradesh alone, development of hydro power in the North-east would not only take care of the entire requirement of that region, but also significantly add to the capacity of the rest of the country in a manner suitable to the overall grid stability.
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