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Spurt in AP's per capita power consumption

Our Bureau

HYDERABAD, July 31

THE per capita consumption of electricity in Andhra Pradesh has improved considerably to 510 kWh as against 410 kWh before the initiation of power sector reforms in the State, which is an indicator for the economic development, according to the Chairman and Managing Director of the AP Transmission Corporation, Mr P. Ramakanth Reddy.

Reviewing the power supply position and overall performance of AP Transco at a high-level meeting convened here, Mr Reddy attributed the growth in per capita consumption to the strengthened transmission and distribution (T&D) network, additional capacit y in power generation, intensive drive to reduce losses in general and improved customer services through quality and reliable power supply.

AP has the highest network expansion among the electricity utilities in the country during the last few years. The percentage of T&D network development in the State was 26.4 per cent as against the all India average of 15.4 per cent.

According to Mr Reddy, despite a significant increase of 30 per cent in power demand during the last two years, AP Transco could successfully overcome low voltage problems. In fact, the Corporation achieved an addition of 10 per cent in voltage profile d ue to strengthening of T&D network. During the last five years, an additional capacity generation of about 1840 MW was achieved.

The AP Transco Chief said the average investment in T&D sector in the State rose to Rs 925 crore per year after the initiation of reforms as against Rs 371 crore per year prior to power sector reforms. The revenue collections also increased considerably to Rs 560 crore per month as against Rs 350 crore during the last three years.

On the current reservoirs position, Mr Reddy said though the position was not satisfactory, the power supply position in the State was being ensured by increasing power purchases from Eastern Grid, Western Grid, Gridco and Kondapally combined cycle power project to meet the demand. AP Transco supplied an average of 128 million units of power per day during this month as against 120 million units supplied in July last year, he said.

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