Odisha will have 11.8 per cent surplus peak power availability during 2015-16, according to Load Generation Balance Report (LGBR) brought out by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
The report has projected that the total demand of power during the peak period will be 4050 megawatt (mw) while the availability will be 4526 mw, a surplus of 476 mw during the fiscal.
All the months in the year will have surplus power availability during the peak hours. The maximum surplus will be in the month of July (13.2 per cent). Against the demand of Rs 4000 mw, the availability in the month is pegged at 4526 mw, a surplus of 526 mw.
CEA has also made a 6.2 per cent surplus projection of total energy availability in the state during 2015-16. It has assessed that the total energy requirement during the fiscal will be 26985 million units (mu) against the availability of 28652 mu, an excess of 1667 mu. The energy availability will be surplus in all the months except December (0.2 per cent deficit), January (1.2 per cent deficit) and March (3.6 per cent deficit).
In 2014-15, Odisha faced marginal actual energy shortage of 1.6 per cent against the anticipated shortage of 0.8 per cent. Against the requirement of 26482 mu, the availability was 26052 mw, a deficit of 430 million units.
It may be noted that the state has an installed capacity of 5,437 mw. This includes 2,085 mw of hydro power, 460 mw at Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) of NTPC Ltd, 420 mw at Ib valley station of state owned Odisha Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), 1,115 mw generated by the commissioned plants of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and 1,300 mw as state's share from the central sector projects. Captive generating plants (CGPs) are supplying 400-500 mw power to the state grid depending on demand. Besides, small hydro-electric power projects are producing 57 Mw.
Among the IPPs, Sterlite Energy, GMR Kamalanga Energy and Jindal India Thermal Power Ltd (JITPL) are injecting 768 Mw, 263 Mw and 84 Mw respectively to the state grid. While Sterlite Energy has fully commissioned its 2,400 Mw coal-based thermal power plant at Bhurkamunda near Jharsuguda, GMR Kamalanga has put on stream three 350 Mw units (1,050 Mw) at Kamalanga in Dhenkanal district. JITPL has operationalised 600 Mw unit of its proposed 1800 Mw plant, at Derang near Angul.