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Maharashtra stares at power cuts as 13 plants shut down amid coal shortage

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Maharashtra oversees power outages due to shutdown of 13 power plants due to coal shortages

Amid a possible energy crisis following reports of a coal shortage in the country, the Maharashtra government has urged citizens to use electricity carefully and conserve electricity. A coal shortage has shut down 13 thermal power plants supplying electricity to the state-owned energy distribution company MahaVitaran.

Following this, the Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSEDCL) urged citizens to conserve electricity during peak hours.

In a newsletter, the Department of Energy said: “Due to a shortage of coal, 13 sets of various thermal power plants supplying power to MSEDCL are currently shut down. As a result, power supply of 3330 MW was cut off. done to provide electricity from hydropower and other sources, including emergency purchases, to fill the power gap. “

“MSEDCL is working hard to prevent load shedding in the state and encourages consumers to conserve electricity from 6:00 to 10:00 and 6:00 to 22:00 to balance demand and availability,” the statement said.

The state government said efforts are being made to secure electricity from hydroelectric and other sources, along with immediate procurement to fill the power gap.

How much coal does Maharashtra need?

According to the report, Maharashtra needs 1.49,000 metric tons of coal daily for power plants to run at 85% of capacity, but now receive less than 70,000 metric tons. The coal reserves of the seven MahaGenco coal-fired power plants range from 0.72 to 1.62 days.

To avoid load shedding as ordered by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission, MahaVitaran only supplies power to pumps on farms for eight hours a day and on a rotational basis at night.

If the coal shortage is not addressed within the next few days, Maharashtra could face a 6-8 hour load outage every day, energy officials said.

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