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Telangana is now minting money by generating hydel power following the copious inflows into major reservoirs in the Krishna basin. With more than one lakh cusecs of flood water reaching Jurala, Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have started hydel power generation.
At Jurala, all six units have been pressed into service to produce about 8 million units of power per day. In Srisailam, the Left Bank power ho use and the reversible pumping station produce 20.79 million units of power daily. Of the total power production of 120 million units, Telangana is getting nearly one fourth from the hydel projects. As demand is less than supply, Telangana Genco has started selling surplus power in the open market.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Telangana Genco sold more than 2.5 million units of power in the open market and another 1million units at the National Power Exchange. This sale fetched about`5 crore to Genco which produced the power by spending little over Rs 1 crore. “Power generated at the hydel stations is cheaper compared to thermal and other sources. We are exploiting the flood water in Jurala and Srisailam to generate more hydel power as there is not much demand from the domestic and commercial sectors," D Prabhakar Rao, Telangana Genco CMD, told TOI.
Till now, Telangana Genco had struggled to reach the targeted hydel power generation due to poor inflows into major reservoirs. For the current year, Genco has planned to produce 1,400 million units. It has to be seen how much of it can be accomplished.
Telangana banks heavily on Nagarjaunsagar where it has an installed capacity of 816 MW and Srisailam Left Bank Canal power house with 900 MW capacity. With Pulichintala generating 120 MW , the total hydro power generation capacity in the state has touched 2,442 MWs.
The power generated from hydel stations is cheaper compared to other modes of production. The average hydel power generation cost works out to around Rs 1 against the average price of thermal power, which is pegged at Rs 3.50 per unit.
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