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BANGALORE: Karnataka will buy 1000 MW of power daily till the end of May 2011as the State is reeling under a severe energy crisis, Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje has said.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, she said for the last two weeks the State had been purchasing 1200 MW of power daily on account of Dasara festivities. From November to May 2011, the Government would buy 1000 MW daily costing Rs. 350 crore a month.
The power would be purchased from private power producers and the Central grid, she said.
All private producers have been instructed to supply power to the State for five months from January. Power would also be purchased from sugar units that have co-generation facility at a price of Rs. 4.50 per unit, she said.
Good rain, but…
The State had received good rain during the monsoon but the water stored in the reservoirs was not being optimally utilised keeping in mind the demand for power during the summer, Ms. Karandlaje said.
Of the seven units at the Raichur Thermal Power Station, only five have been generating power.
An expert team has been asked to study the technical problems at the RTPS and submit a report in a month.
The thermal power plat at Udupi has been generating only 600 MW against its installed capacity of 1200 MW.
Several initiatives have been taken to reduce transmission and distribution loss from the present 17 per cent to 2 per cent, the Minister said.
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