Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on 22nd March granted a transmission licence to Adani Electricity Mumbai Infra Ltd for 25 years, enabling the firm to bring 1,000 MW, or 33 per cent more electricity, to Mumbai to cater to increasing demand.
Mumbai consumes 2,500 - 3,000 MW during peak load, which goes up to 3,500 MW in summer. Power expert Ashok Pendse said while the cost for consumers will rise by 6 - 7 paise per unit, with the demand set to increase in the up-coming months, it will help the city to have more power.
Adani to set up high-voltage DC link of 80km
Since year 1981, the city has been protected by ‘islanding’ system, for which citizens pay Rs 450 - 500 crore each year through electricity bills. This is to ensure Mumbai gets constant supply even if there is power outage in MMR or elsewhere in the state. While Tata Power generates 1,337 MW, Adani generates 500 MW in Dahanu. Experts said that this was not sufficient to meet demand.
The licence will help to establish a high-voltage direct current link of 80 km between Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co.’s 400 kV Kudus and Adani Mumbai’s 220 kV Aarey substation. This will be the 1st with an underground a high-voltage direct current cabled system.