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Web Exclusive | October 2012

Punjab hopes to be surplus in power by end 2013

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal informed that the state would have surplus power by the end of 2013 owing to the implementation of a slew of power projects.

Badal also expects the cost of power to decline with the new technologies used in generation. He expects the 1,200 megawatt (mw) thermal power project of Larsen & Toubro in Rajpura to be operational next year. The government expects to upgrade it to 2,000 mw soon.

In addition two more thermal power projects — a 2,000 mw project with Sterlite Energy in Talwandi Sabo and a 1,350 mw project with Indiabulls Power near Mansa would also be commissioned by the end of next year, he added. Punjab has a total generation capacity of 7,249 mw and expects to add 3,920 mw by May 2014.

The deputy chief minister stressed that the state utilities have brought down the transmission and distribution losses from 24 per cent to 17.5 per cent and hope to bring it further down to 15 per cent.

The state government is also encouraging use of CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and renewable sources of energy like biomass and solar energy, which have immense potential in Punjab.

Bio mass energy would even help farmers earn an extra income of Rs 3,000–4,000 per acre by supplying raw material, he said. Power consumers in the state have been suffering from high power tariffs and insufficient and erratic power supply.

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