MoP issues guidelines for optimum utilisation of power generation capacity

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued guidelines for operationalising optimum utilisation of generating stations as per the requirement in the electricity grid.

An order of the ministry has stated that some power plants are not generating to their full capacity at any given time and the unutilised capacity remains idle as they are tied up under power purchase agreements (PPAs). However, in the public interest, such power needs to be supplied ifthere is a requirement in the grid by the other consumers. The guidelines provide that where the procurer does not requisition power from the power plant with which he has signed the PPA, up to 24 hours in advance prior to 00:00 hrs of the day of delivery of power, the generator shall be free to sell the un-requisitioned power in the power exchange. Besides, where the procurer decides not to schedule power for any period, either full or part capacity, from the generating station with which it has signed the PPA, which may be more than 24 hours in advance, the generator shall be free to sell the un-requisitioned power for the period for which it has not been requisitioned on the power exchange.

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