Power Outage (Photo credit: mrapplegate)
There has been strikes, Bandhs galore in Tamil Nadu on the issue of power supply in the State.
There has been a power shortage for some time now and the power cut for an hour in Chennai and 8 hours in other cities.
This has resulted in reduced industrial output forcing many industries especially in Tiruppur where major Hosiery Units are located.
Exports are affected and lay off’ threatens workers.
The Government is trying its best to supply power;but the demand exceeding available supply, further allotment from the Central pool not coming through and the agitation against commissioning of the Nuclear Power Plant in Kudankulam the Government is in a bind.
• Gross energy consumption during
2010-11 was 74990 MU.
• Total energy generated from State
owned stations during 2010-11 was
• Energy purchased from Central
Generating Stations, Wind, Open
Market, Exchange etc., during 2010-11
was 49206 MU….
• Total No of Consumers for the year
2010-11 is 223.44 lakhs.
• Annual Consumer growth rate ranges
from 4 to 5.41%.
Per Capita Consumption in Tamil Nadu
(FY2010 -11) is 1040 units.
• Highest demand met so far in the grid
was 10859 MW on 19.07.2011.
• Average Consumption of Energy per
day is 230 Million Units.
• The Aggregate Technical & Commercial
(AT&C) losses estimated to be around
The total installed generation capacity of
Tamil Nadu as on 31.05.2011 is 10237 Mega
Watts as detailed below:
Conventional Energy sources:-
(i) TANGEDCO’s own generating
stations (Hydel, Thermal,Gas) :5677 MW
(ii) Private Sector Power Plants (IPP) :1180 MW
(iii) Share from Central Sector
Generating Stations :2861 MW
(iv) External assistance : 305 MW
(v) Others (Captive Power Plants) : 214 MW
TOTAL :10,237 MW
There has been a suggestion that instead of enforcing power cut in fits and starts ,to declare two Days,Saturday and Sunday, with out Power.
I am not sure if this is possible.
To my understanding, power can not be saved and distributed.
Can some body enlighten me on this?
Under the circumstances it is ridiculous to go on agitating and enforcing bandhs as none of this can solve this problem.
Conserving power and increasing power production is the solution.
-optimum utilization of the existing power stations.
-get more from the Central Pool.
-commission more projects’
-Prevent Power Loss and Theft.
-Conserve power by judicious use .
Why should people do some thing
The Hindu Members of various trade and industrial bodies staging a protest at Kappalur near Madurai on Tuesday. Photo:R. Ashok
“78 lakh families hurt by power cut”; “Government departments, local bodies owe huge dues to TANGEDCO”
Around 4,000 industrialists, entrepreneurs and workers from micro, small and medium enterprises staged a protest near the TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation) office at Kappalur on the Madurai-Tirumangalam highway on Tuesday, demanding that uninterrupted power supply must be ensured and the spate of unscheduled power cuts must be put to an end.
Spearheaded by Kappalur Industrial Estate Manufacturers’ Association, whose members downed their unit shutters for the day, several major trade and bodies from Madurai and the southern districts took part in the agitation. Besides raising slogans that the operations at small units were severely affected by the power cuts, the agitators questioned the rationale behind uninterrupted power supply being provided to multinational corporations and giving special treatment to Chennai which faced only an hour of load shedding every day while the rest of the State reeled from eight to ten hours of power cuts.
“The city and its suburbs are likely to witness a power cut of three hours everyday. A proposal in this regard was submitted by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) to the State government authorities late on Monday. According to sources, a two-hour power cut in Chennai will be imposed between 8 am and 6 pm. Another hour of power cut will be imposed between 10 pm and 6 am bringing the total duration of power cuts to three hours from the present one hour in the State capital. ”