he energy ministry cautioned states as early as 18 August about depleted coal shares failing to match the sharp improve in electrical energy demand. The warning bells have been twinned with a request to clear their pending gasoline and transportation dues, in accordance with authorities paperwork reviewed by Mint.
A few of these are West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The coal inventory out there at energy crops on the time had reached 18.5 million tonne (mt), adequate for less than 9 days of era.
In its communication to Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, Union energy secretary Alok Kumar wrote, “As you’re conscious we’re witnessing sharp improve in demand of electrical energy because the financial system is opening up. As coal primarily based thermal energy crops (TPP) share the many of the energy demand, states want to make sure there may be adequate coal inventory out there at energy stations.”
This adopted a revival in peak electrical energy demand after falling in the course of the second wave of Covid-19 infections. In accordance with Central Electrical energy Authority (CEA), as of Tuesday, India’s 119 coal-fuelled energy tasks totaling 129.866 gigawatt (GW) capability had 4 days of shares. One other 16 crops positioned close to coal mines totalling 35.2GW capability had 5 days of inventory. This assumes significance provided that coal-fuelled capability contributes 52.41% or 202.80GW of the put in energy era capability of 386.88GW.
“There are additionally legacy problems with heavy dues of coal firms from sure states viz., Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, UP, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh,” the ministry mentioned in a 9 October assertion.
“On this regard, I want to inform you that the coal inventory at TPPs is depleting at a quick charge. As on 15.08.2021, common coal inventory out there within the nation at plant stage was 18.5 mt which is adequate for less than 09 days. It is a matter of concern,” the letter to Kunte added.
Comparable letters have been written to different states’ chief secretaries and power secretaries, urging them to offer “high precedence” to clearing excellent coal dues.
In accordance with the facility ministry, as of 31 July, Maharashtra State Energy Technology Co. Ltd’s (MAHAGENCO) dues in direction of coal firms and railways was ₹2,615 crore, whereas West Bengal Energy Growth Corp. Ltd owed ₹2,182 crore in coal and railways dues. Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd’s dues amounted to ₹853 crore and Andhra Pradesh Energy Technology Corp. Ltd’s . dues totalled ₹215 crore. “Wanting on the essential coal shares, I might once more request you to direct MAHGENCO to clear the excellent dues of coal firms in a time certain method in order that there is no such thing as a regulation of coal provide from CIL finish,” extra secretary in energy ministry Vivek Kumar Dewangan wrote to Maharashtra principal secretary, power, Dinesh Wagmare on 9 September.
Queries emailed to an influence ministry spokesperson on Wednesday remained unanswered. Spokespersons of the governments of West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh couldn’t be contacted instantly.