Hyderabad: Ruling out reports that Andhra Pradesh government is intentionally not buying solar and wind power, AP Energy Secretary N Srikanth said that adverse weather conditions disrupted energy generation. The solar and wind energy production was hit for the past 10 days, he said.
“Despite 3,000 MW solar power capacity, power generation took place for one day in the past 10 days. Solar energy generation was just 815 MW in the past 10 days. There’re instances where solar energy generation fell to 28 MW levels as well,” said the Energy Secretary.
AP government has further ruled out the speculation over not having a comprehensive plan on coal inventory. Srikanth said that the state government had stored coal stocks higher than the previous year. According to a statement from the Energy Department, the thermal power units under Genco had 29,543 metric tons of coal as on September 30, 2018. The coal inventory as on September 30, 2019, was 46,486 metric tons.
“The state government’s pre-plan action has ensured an additional coal inventory of 16,000 metric tons. That’s why we had more power generation during June, July and August when compared to the previous corresponding period. Despite the disruption in coal supplies, the additional inventory levels helped us maintain power generation in the state. AP government paid Rs 120 crore to KSK Thermal station. We’re buying electricity from Energy Exchange. Singareni will be supplying eight rakes of coal per day for the next seven days. Additional coal supply from Singareni will ensure normal power generation in the state,” added the Energy Secretary.