Akhilesh writes to PM to shelve bundle solar energy with thermal

Akhilesh writes to PM to shelve bundle solar energy with thermal

images (23)Lucknow, Aug 13 -Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to shelve NDA government’s decision to bundle the energy generated by NTPC’s solar units with its thermal unit plants saying it will be detrimental for the state’s economy. In a letter, copy of which was released here today, Mr Yadav said Union Government was planning to set up new solar plans to augment power generation in the country. “This has been brought to my knowledge that those NTPC units that have completed 25 years of existence will be linked with solar plants. The power generated by these plans will be bundled with the solar plants being set up by NTPC,” Mr Yadav said. He said centre t has taken a decision on July 16 of bundling the power generated by NTPC Singrauli with 3,000 MW power generated by the solar power plants. “UP gets 44 per cent of 2000 MW electricity generated by Singrauli. It is the first NTPC plant of UP for which UP Government had provided land. Under the power purchase basket UP gets cheap electricity from Singrauli,” he said. “Under the new power bundling scheme, if electricity generated by Singrauli is linked with 3000 MW solar energy the cost of electricity will go up and UP will be the worst sufferer,” Chief Minister wrote in his letter. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has put out the draft guidelines for setting up 3,000 MW of grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity and bundling it with unallocated thermal power as part of National Solar Mission’s Phase II. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), the trading arm of NTPC, will purchase the solar power and bundle it with unallocated thermal power generated by NTPC. The bundling will be done on a 2:1 basis wherein 2 MW of solar power will be bundled with 1 MW of thermal power. Mr Yadav said UP was already paying much more for the electricity it purchases as compared to other states as in all new power plants the coal linkage is just 50 per cent. Therefore, the companies are forced to purchase rest of the coal from open market. To buttress his point he compared the power purchase with other states. If UP pays Rs 3.50 per unit Uttarkhand pays Rs 2.61, MP Rs 2.76, HP Rs 2.34 and Orissa Rs 2.84 per unit. “Government is already fulfilling the conditions imposed for solar power generation and in that case bundling of NTPC thermal power with its solar power is not a wise decision for UP,” he said and requested that the decision should be shelved for the time being.

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