In contrast to the tall claims made by state government that it produces sufficient power, the state energy minister Rajendra Shukla today admitted that state owned power management company purchased power to meet the demand in the state.
In a written reply to the Congress member Ramniwas Rawat, Shukla informed that the state had purchased power during 2012-13, 2013-14 and during April 2014.
A total of 15,951.68 million units were purchased from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) at Rs 2.38 per unit during 2012-13 while 1,570 million units through independent power purchased agreement during the same year at Rs 4.67 per unit.
The total power production of the state, the minister informed, stood at 19,994.92 million units during 2012-13, 19869.78 million units during 2013-14 and 1729.53 million units during April 2014.
The state purchased power through its utility MP Power Management company during these years.
The company purchased 4,760 million units through independent power purchased agreements at Rs 3.93 per unit and 950 million units during April 2014 at Rs 1.78 per unit.
The company also purchased power from another state owned company MP Power Generation Company Limited a total of 17951.33 million units at Rs 2.66 during 2012-13.
And purchased 15,743.38 million units from NTPC during 2013-14 at Rs 2.69 per unit and 1589.67 million units at Rs 2.60 per unit. The company also purchased hydel power from joint venture Company a total of 6206.13 million units at Rs 2.25 per unit in 2012-13, 8956.07 million units at Rs 1.88 per unit during 2013-14 and 527 million units at Rs 2.27 per unit during April 2014.
It purchased additional power (including purchase through power exchange) of 488.94 million units at Rs 3.73 per unit during 2012-13 and 4.56 million units during 2013-14 at Rs 2.46 per unit. The state also purchased power through solar, biomass and biogas plants. A total of 239.14 million units at Rs 5.33 per unit during 2012-13, 330.07 million units during 2013-14 at Rs 6.68 per unit and 42.11 million units at Rs 7.76 per unit during April 2014.
Also, the company has purchased power from captive power plants; 67.67 million units during 2012-13 at Rs 2.29 per unit, 152.07 million units during 2013-14 at Rs 2.20 per unit and 2.38 million units at Rs 2.29 per unit during April 2014.
The company also purchased 2654.21 million units power from Damodar Valley Corporation at 4.06 per unit during 2012-13, 2496.10 million units at 4.47 per unit during 2013-14.
It also purchased wind energy of 459.56 million units at Rs 3.88 per unit during 2012-13 and 431.97 million units during 2013-14 at 3.88 per unit and 9.01 million units during April 2014 at Rs 3.95 per unit. Besides another 2392 million units were purchased at Rs 2.69 per unit during 2012-13 and 2357.66 million units at Rs 2.68 per unit during 2013-14 and 178.55 million units at Rs 2.74 per unit.
The MP Power Management company, the minister further informed in his written reply, has sold power through energy exchange and accordingly 1339.69 million units were sold during 2012-13, 2628.48 million units during 2013-14 and 165.94 million units during April 2014. State government has made oft-repeated claims that it has met the maximum demand of more than 9000 Mw during the past few years. It has sufficient power generation capacity of more than 10,000 Mw.