AP will reach int’l standards in power supply: Piyush Goyal

AP will reach int’l standards in power supply: Piyush Goyal
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The AP Discoms and the Central government entered in to an MoU in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister Piyush Goyal on implementation of Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) at CM camp office in Vijayawada on Friday.

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh will reach international standards in power supply by reducing the transmission losses from the existing 10.19 per cent to 6 per cent, said Union Minister for Power and Coal Piyush Goyal. He predicted that the State would emerge as number one in usage of smart meters in the country.

The AP Discoms and the Central government entered in to an MoU in the presence of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Union Minister Piyush Goyal on implementation of Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) at CM camp office in Vijayawada on Friday.

It is estimated that the State would gain around Rs 4,400 crore under the scheme Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister said that the UDAY scheme would help to reduce both power generation and transmission costs.

Praising the measures launched by the AP government in energy saving, which stand as role model for others States, Piyush Goyal agreed to replace 5 lakh agricultural pumpsets with energy efficient ones in line with the wishes of the Chief Minister.

Chandrababu Naidu said that the Union Minister has been making efforts to supply power at reduced price. “UDAY scheme would benefit the Discoms by improving quality in power supply and reduce transmission losses,” he added.

Andhra Pradesh is the thirteenth State to enter into an MoU with the Central government on UDAY. The State has committed to take over Discoms debt of Rs 11,000 crore during the current year, which would reduce the interest burden by Rs 330 crore per annum.

Under the UDAY scheme, through compulsory distribution transformer metering, consumer indexing, GIS mapping of losses, upgradation of transformers, smart metering and feeder audit, the transmission losses would be brought down.

The reduction in AT&C losses of APEPDCL to 5.44 per cent and APSPDCL to 10.89 per cent and transmission losses of the State to 3.50 per cent is likely to bring additional revenue of around Rs 214 crore. Under the scheme, the State will be supported through additional coal at notified prices.

Other benefits such as coal swapping, coal rationalisation, connection in coal grade slippage, availability of 100 per cent washed coal would help the State to further reduce the cost of power. The State would gain around Rs 2,199 crore due to the coal reforms.

Under demand side interventions of the UDAY scheme such as usage of energy efficient LED bulbs, agricultural pumps, fans, air conditions and efficient industrial equipment through Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) would help in reducing peak load as well as energy consumption. The gain is expected to be around Rs 882 crore.

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