Rajiv Agrawal | Secretary, Indian Captive Power Producers Association (ICPPA)
The distribution of monsoon this season has been the best in the last three years.
What is the impact of the recent monsoon on the various segments - generation, transmission and distribution - of the power sector, in general and why?
What I will prefer is, as usual the mines getting affected by monsoon has been the root problem again. For many mines, the dispatches have been drastically low. As a result many power plants have been asking for more and more coal from alternative sources. Since the government is trying to accommodate them, that is at the cost of people like captive power plants. The supplies to captive power plants have been affected in order to supply to those independent power plants. So, this is one of the effects that we are able to see again in this year.
Second part is that, in monsoon normally the trading of coal becomes slow. But this year, because most of the people are finding imported coal and prices much attractive to domestic coal prices, this market is further subdued during this month. It is unfortunate that, at one point, we were trying to increase the Coal India´s production, but then we had to stop or we had to curtail its production.
Which of the generation sources like coal, gas, nuclear, solar and wind, that got affected or effected due to the monsoon and how?
Now with this, monsoon is one factor which is impacting. If you ask Coal India, they will say that most of the people are trying to lift minimum quantity so that they don´t have to pay penalty excluding the companies in North who are land blocked. For the companies in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, the local transportation cost and railway transportation cost is very high. So only for those few people the Indian coal is at par with imported coal. For the rest of India, imported coal is cheaper than domestic coal.
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