Andhra Pradesh Magazine English June 2016 - Page 27

Two Years of Accomplishments The signifaicant acheivements in the power sector by the State have received wide acclaim from national and international observers. Government of India has decided to showcase AP model to other states so that they can emulate it in their respective states. A ndhra Pradesh, in the last two years, has made trail-blazing progress in the power sector. Despite starting off with a power of 22 million units (MU) deficit per day in June 2014, Chandrababu Naidu Government had brought it down to zero within 100 days. That was the first milestone in achieving the "zero power cuts" tag. Next was the inclusion of Andhra Pradesh in the Centre's Power for All programme. The State has successfully implemented the program providing uninterrupted power to the domestic and industrial sectors. Despite steep increase in the demand during summer, the utilities were able to meet the average daily demand of 158 million units for all categories of consumers, except for the agricultural sector, thus fulfilling the 24X7 supply under the ‘power for all’ scheme. Recently laurels were received for taking innovative steps to conserve energy. The state has bagged all the five National Energy Conservation Awards-2015 constituted by the Union Ministry of Power. This is for the first time that any State in the country has clinched all the national awards in energy conservation. Having become a power surplus State from a deficit one, the State would be able to sell 10,472 MU of power per annum to the other states. This is likely to yield income of Rs. 4,492 crore. 100% Electrification State The Andhra Pradesh power utilities are gearing up to achieve the rare JUNE 2016 distinction of cent percent electrification of households, including those in the rural and remote areas. The Chief Minister is likely to declare completion of 100 per cent electrification of all households in the State tentatively in June, making the State the first in achieving the distinction. Consumption up The per capital energy consumption in Andhra Pradesh has gone up to 982 units in 2015-16, from 951 units in 2014-25, registering a growth of 3.3 per cent due to round-the-clock power supply. The State utilities are seeking to bring down the transmission and distribution losses to single digit, 9 per cent from 10.2 per cent, which is also amongst the lowest in the country. The energy deficit has been reduced from 10.6 per cent in June 2014 (22 million units per day), when the State was bifurcated, to zero level at present due to effective implementation of the ‘24x7 Power for All’ scheme. While the State has a total installed capacity of 12,730 mw, 1,175 mw was added during 2014-15 and another 3,090 mw in 2015-16. Providing fresh thrust to the renewable energy sector in the State, solar energy capacity of 4,000 mw is being developed in parks at Anantapur, Kurnool and Kadapa. These projects are at various stages of development and would be implemented in a phased manner over the next two years. ANDHRAPRADESHMAGAZINE.ORG The State government is targeting 10 per cent of the country’s targeted 100 giga watt solar capacity and is making all-out efforts to encourage development of solar-grid-connected projects and roof-top units. Ahead in LED Andhra Pradesh is leading the country in DELP (Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme) by distributing 1.88 crore LED bulbs as against 7.87 crore in the entire country. Another energy efficiency initiative is the distribution of energy efficient ceiling fans and like LEDs, these too would be distributed at subsidised price of 1,100 each. Each family will be offered two fans and the cost is adjusted in the power bill in 24 monthly instalments or the customer can make upfront payment. In its efforts to drive energy efficiency programmes, the State is planning to become a “Incandescent Free Bulb State” by March 2017. This will be by replacing existing bulbs with LED ones. AP’s power sector management has drawn praise from all quarters, including the Centre. Impressed with the success story of AP in implementng LED scheme and other energy efficiency programmes, Government of India has decided to showcase AP model to other states so that they can emulate it in their respective states. “The measures we have taken in the power sector are reaping benefits. This will be replicated in other sectors too near future”, says an elated Chief Minister. v 27