MoP issues guidelines for optimum utilisation of power generation capacity

The MoP has issued guidelines for operationalising optimum utilisation of generating stations as per the requirement in the electricity grid. An order from the ministry states that some power plants are not generating to their full capacity at any given time, and the unutilised capacity remai­ns idle as they are tied up under power purchase agreements (PPAs). However, in public interest, such power needs to be supplied if there is a requirement in the grid from other consumers. The guidelines provide that if the procurer does not requisition power from the power plant with which it has signed the PPA, up to 24 hours in advance prior to midnight of the day of delivery of power, the generator shall be free to sell the un-requisitioned power in the power exchange.