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BSES gears up to meet Delhi's summer power demand


New Delhi, March 15 (IANS): Peak power demand in Delhi this summer is expected to breach the 7,400 MW-mark and the two BSES distribution companies (discoms) in the capital have taken measures like long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) and banking arrangements with various states, the BSES said on Friday.

In the south and west Delhi areas under the jurisdiction of BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL), the peak power demand is expected to cross 3,200 MW this summer, while the demand may reach 1,640 MW in east and central Delhi under the BSES Yamuna Power Ltd (BYPL), a BSES release said.

"Arrangements have been firmed up by BSES discoms to source adequate electricity to meet the power demand of over 42 lakhs consumers. These arrangements include long term PPAs and banking arrangements with other states including Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, Manipur and Sikkim," it said.

"BSES discoms will get upto 865 MW (BRPL 550 MW, BYPL 315 MW) of power through banking arrangements. Apart from this, BRPL will also get 100 MW of wind power from April 2019. Of this 50 MW is already being received.

"In case of unforeseen contingencies because of low generation and outages in power plants, the discoms will purchase short-term power from the exchange," it added.

According to the BSES, the peak power demand last summer breached the 7,000 MW for the first time, peaking at 7,016 MW.

The BSES discoms have invested substantial resources during the year to strengthen the network for taking additional power load during summer months, the statement said.

The BSES uses advanced statistical forecasting models and weather forecasting solutions to prepare accurate day ahead, intra-day and medium-term demand forecasting, which is vital for optimal and cost effective power planning, it added.

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