The problems in power have continuously troubled Karnataka for many years, especially in rural areas. This year it is under added pressure of water shortage, which otherwise helps to tide over the power crisis. The recent fire accident at Sharavathi hydroelectric power plant, shortage of water at state’s thermal plants, apart from the critically low levels of coal availability, have seemingly pushed the state to the edge. However, the government is exceedingly focused on addressing some of the major power related issues.
The decade old electricity distribution network is now being upgraded by the government across the State at a cost of Rs 5,100 crore. UPCL, BTPS and RTPS thermal stations have been asked to finish their maintenance activities soon and start delivering power to the main grid. As a short term measure, Energy department is purchasing around 1000 MW’s from the open market. Energy efficiency measures are being rolled out wherein citizens are being requested to use power and water judiciously.
With the demand increasing by the day, Karnataka Power Corporation (KPC) is taking drastic measures to improve the production at its thermal plants. The next few years will see an addition of nearly 3100 mega-watt of power as the Yermarus, Edlapura and the 3 rd unit of the Bellary Thermal Power Stations, go on stream.
Karnataka requires around 25,000 MW of additional power to meet the growing demand in future. Thermal, renewable energy, solar and wind power are being explored to find a permanent solution to the power crisis in the state.
A silver lining in the dark clouds has been the investment in the energy sector from the recently concluded Global Investors Meet. Among various agreements inked in the infrastructure sector, energy has received a substantial share of the investments.