Union Interior Minister Amit Shah met Monday with Energy Minister Singh and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi amid reports of continued coal shortages in the country, officials said.
During the hour-long meeting, the three ministers are believed to have discussed the availability of coal for power plants and current electricity needs.
The meeting was attended by the heads of the energy and coal ministries.
The meeting came after several states warned of a possible energy crisis due to a shortage of coal for power plants, officials said.
Energy consumption of 3,900 IU on October 8 was the highest this month (October 1-9), according to the data, which was also a cause for concern during the ongoing coal shortage.
On Saturday, Tata Power’s Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (DDL), operating in North and Northwest Delhi, sent out telephone messages to its customers saying, “Due to limited availability of coal at generating plants in the north, a power scenario between the two countries … -6pm is at a critical level. Please use electricity wisely. Be a responsible citizen. We are sorry for the inconvenience – Tata Power-DDL. “
This was due to a shortage of coal at power plants in a year when the country produced record coal, but rains hit the movement of fuel from mines to power units, affecting electricity production in many states, including Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and others. Tamil Nadu.
Another factor contributing to the current crisis is power plants, which used imported coal to generate electricity, either cut production or stopped altogether, as the jump in world energy prices made it difficult for them to fulfill their obligations to states in a particular case. pace.
In a statement from the Department of Energy released on Saturday, “It was noted that on October 7, 2021, Coal India limited (CIL )’s total coal shipment was 1.501 metric tons, thereby narrowing the gap between consumption and actual supply.”
The Coal Ministry and CIL have pledged that they are working hard to increase shipments to the energy sector to 1.6 million tonnes per day over the next three days, and then try to reach 1.7 million tonnes per day. This is likely to help gradually build up coal reserves at power plants in the near future. The supply of coal and, as a consequence, electricity supply is likely to improve.
According to the data, the peak electricity demand was met or the highest daily electricity supply reached 172.41 GW on 8 October. This is the highest peak electricity demand, met from October 1-9.
The data also showed that peak electricity demand fell to 170.03 GWh on Saturday, October 9, indicating a decline in electricity demand with the onset of autumn.
The latest available data from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) showed that coal reserves at the power plants on October 7 were inadequate as there were 16 plants with a combined capacity of 16,880 MW that had dry fuel for zero days.
In addition, as of October 7, 30 stations with a capacity of 37,345 MW received coal in just one day, and 18 stations with a capacity of 23,450 MW in two days.
There were 19 plants with a capacity of 29,160 MW that used coal for three days, and nine stations with a capacity of 7,864 MW used coal for four days.
Six stations with a capacity of 6,730 MW had coal reserves for five days, and 10 stations with a capacity of 11,540 MW had coal reserves for six days.