Raipur: Chhattisgarh is one of the power surplus states in the country, with five times more power generation than the actual demand (in terms of installed capacity). Shri Shailendra Shukla Chairman, Chhattisgarh State Power Company, said the demand from the DISCOM side is hardly 5,000 MW and the total generation is about 22,000 to 23,000 MW.
The government will soon achieve an installed capacity of 30,800 MW. The efforts being made on renewable energy are significant in the state with the focus on solar and wind energy. The beauty of renewable energy is it’s decentralized generation and decentralized consumption. You can generate power through renewable energy to the tune of your demand Shri shukla said.
Chhattisgarh currently has an installed capacity of 4,500 MW of renewable energy which includes solar, wind biomass among others. To achieve the state CM’s vision of affordable power, solar energy with storage of Rs. 4 per unit is being explored with new MoUs, and further improvement in technology “For long term, solar and wind energy with storage is cheaper than thermal power “Shri Shukla added.
“Whenever the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited or any other ministry floats the tender to meet the RTO, the condition says that they can set up the plant anywhere in the country. He said that the grid distribution issue will increase as the state goes towards the solar and wind power adding that at times there is a situation when there is suddenly a demand of 200MW power and to fulfill the demand they shutdown electric power in at least three blocks.