Himachal Pradesh to sell power to Tamil Nadu

April 8th, 2008 - 6:55 pm ICT by admin  

Shimla, April 8 (IANS) This summer, the Himachal Pradesh government would sell power to Tamil Nadu for the first time, a top official said here Tuesday. State Power Secretary Ajay Mittal confirmed Tuesday that an agreement has been signed between the two states recently.

Normally Himachal Pradesh sells power to the northern grid. This is the first time the state is selling power to a southern state at a competitive price.

According to the agreement, the power supply was scheduled to start from April 1. However, the supply did not take off since there was no surplus power in Himachal Pradesh.

Officials said the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) was currently generating 15.7 million units of hydel power, whereas it actually needs 16.5 million units.

However, they added that as the snows melt rapidly in summer and water levels in rivers rise, in the coming months the power generation in the state will go up fast.

The surplus power will then be sold to Tamil Nadu at a competitive price, which has not been disclosed so far.

Himachal Pradesh already has a ‘backing’ agreement with neighbouring Haryana and Punjab. In summer, Himachal Pradesh supplies them with surplus power while in winter the two states return power.

The primary source of power for the HPSEB is its hydel projects spread across the state.

At 21,000 MW, Himachal Pradesh has a quarter of the entire country’s hydel potential. A quarter of this has so far been tapped by both the private and public sectors.

By 2012, the state government has set a target of tapping 12,000 MW of power out of total 21,000 MW.

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