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Maharashtra’s power purchase cost sees increase of 2.2% monthly in February

Venkatesh Ganesh Mumbai | Updated on June 04, 2020

Total power purchase cost for Maharashtra saw a 2.2 per cent monthly increase in February when compared to January.

In February, the state spent ₹5,611 crore, in comparison to ₹5,488 crore it spent in January to purchase power, as per Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (Mahadiscom) data. Data for March, April and May are still not out.

In terms of units generated, the monthly comparison was almost flat. In February, 11,785 MU was generated and in January about 11,791 MU.

Conventional energy, which includes thermal power, costed Maharashtra ₹4,264 crore, a 4.17 per cent increase when compared to ₹4,093 crore the state spent in January.

In terms of units generated, thermal power went up to 10,457 MU, a 1.07 per cent increase when compared to 10,346 MU generated in January.

Non conventional energy, which includes hydro, wind, solar, and others costed Maharashtra ₹621 crore, 3.86 per cent cheaper when compared to ₹646 crore in January. In terms of units generated, non conventional energy generated 1,210 MU in February, lower by 2.18 per cent when compared 1,237 MU in January.

In renewables, solar power purchase cost was ₹154 crore in February, lesser than ₹157 crore in January. However, in terms of units generated, in February solar power generated 364 MU, down 11.65 per cent when compared to 412 MU in January.

Discoms in the country have piled up a large amount of dues and the centre recently infused ₹90,000 crore in the form of long-term loans through which they cab they can pay off power generation companies.

Published on June 04, 2020

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