Industries in AP that have been reeling under a severe power crisis for over a year will get round-the-clock power supply from February 1, provided they are willing to pay more for it. The AP Central Power Distribution Company Ltd (APCPDCL) issued a notification on Thursday inviting applications from industrial consumers to avail the ‘Expensive Power Supply Scheme (EPSS)’ approved by the AP Energy Regulatory Commission recently. The last date for receiving applications is January 21. With the power situation likely to worsen this summer, many industries are willing to tap the EPSS scheme. Industries having dedicated/express feeders and also those on mixed feeders subject to continuous supply can avail of this facility.
The APERC had approved the EPSS scheme last month, under which the discoms will purchase power from four gas-based power plants in the state at higher rates and supply the same to consumers willing to pay more. Imported RLNG will be supplied to private gas-based power plants to produce power, hence the increased cost. The cost per unit is estimated at Rs 9, but this may vary in accordance with price fluctuations of RLNG in the international market. Industries willing to join the scheme have to enter into an agreement and pay the requisite cost in advance. The APERC has allowed discoms to purchase power only from GVK Extension (220 MW), Gautami project (464 MW), Vemagiri power (370 MW) and Konaseema project (444 MW), which are lying idle due to non-availability of gas. Industries that have suffered huge losses on account of power shutdowns announced by the state since 2010, have been repeatedly urging the government to supply uninterrupted power and are ready to pay more for the purpose.