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Web Exclusive | February 2013

Gujarat sells Rs 3,663 cr worth power in last two years

The Gujarat government sold power worth Rs 3,663 crore to other states and on power exchanges in the last two years. The government in the State Assembly said that it sold 5,105 mu of power at an average price of Rs 3.70 per unit in 2011, and 4,573 mu at Rs 3.88 per unit in 2012.

Power was sold to more than a dozen states, but Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were the biggest buyers, in addition to two power exchanges in the two years. The State’s installed power generation capacity has increased to 20,681 mw, data tabled by the State government in the assembly show.

The government said that as of December 2012, installed power generation capacity through conventional sources has increased to 16,808 mw, while that of non-conventional sources has touched 3,873 mw. The government also said that power availability in the state is higher than the peak demand which is why it has been able to do away with ‘load shedding’ and ‘power cuts’.

The State government purchased electricity worth Rs 13,397 crore from independent power producers in the last two years.

The State government purchased 14,454 mu of power from private producers in 2011 at an average price of Rs 3.08 per unit, which increased to 18,419 mu at Rs 3.06 per unit in 2012. As far as non-conventional energy is concerned, 2,416 mu were purchased at Rs 3.14 per unit in 2011, which went up to 4,398 mu at Rs5.62 per unit in 2012. The average power purchase price increased from Rs 3.14 in 2011 to Rs 3.55 in 2012.

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