Two NTPC units has triggered a shortfall of 500 Mw of peak power in Odisha due to Fall in hydro power availability on the back of a deficient monsoon and power outages.
Suresh C Mohapatra, principal secretary (energy) said, "The peak power demand in the state has touched 4000 Mw and we are facing a shortfall of 400-500 Mw. A few units of NTPC at Talcher and its super thermal power station at Kaniha are under maintenance and this has hampered power supplies to the state. Gridco (state owned bulk power purchaser) has been asked to intimate the distribution companies (discoms) on power shortage. Accordingly, the discoms would restrict power supply at different feeders."
Central Electricity Supply Utility of Odisha Ltd (Cesu), a discom catering to power distribution in coastal and parts of north Odisha, has already announced its plan to go for a phase wise power restriction from 6 am to 11 pm. Cesu distributes electricity to about two million electricity customers in nine districts- Cuttack , Jagatsinghpur , Kendrapara , (part of) Jajpur , Puri , Nayagarh , khurda , Dhenkanal and Angul.