Power ministry directs all imported coal based plants to operate at full capacity during summer

The Ministry of Power has directed all imported coal-based (ICB) power plants, under Section 11 of the Electricity Act, 2003, to operate and generate power to their full capacity from March 16, 2023 to June 15, 2023 to avoid electricity shortage.

The notice has been sent to 15 ICB plants as the country’s peak power demand is estimated to reach 229 GW in April 2023. These plants will supply power in the first instance to the power purchase agreement (PPA) holders. Any surplus power left thereafter or any power for which there is no PPA can be sold through the power exchanges.

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