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Karnataka Manages Record Power Demand, Achieves Reliable Energy Supply

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Bengaluru: Karnataka, a state with a diverse energy mix, has not only shielded itself from a power crisis but also ensured uninterrupted access to electricity for its residents during the peak summer that concluded last month. This achievement is a testament to the State’s proactive energy planning and commitment to providing its citizens with reliable power despite facing challenges such as increased energy demand due to high temperatures and the need to balance the use of renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

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With its strategic use of renewable energy (RE) and non-renewable energy resources, the State has managed to meet its growing energy demand during the peak summer months. The State has faced massive power consumption from March to May 2024. Scaling new heights, the peak demand for the State stood at 17,220 MW on February 12, 2024. The highest average daily consumption in the State stood at 332 Million Units on April 5, 2024, showcasing the State’s commitment to a sustainable energy future.

“The State’s success in managing this demonstrates the State’s commitment to providing reliable power to its citizens, likely through a combination of strategies such as increased generation capacity, renewable energy integration, efficient grid management, and demand-side management initiatives. It’s a testament to the State’s proactive approach to energy planning and infrastructure development,” Energy Minister K J George said today.

To meet the energy demand, the government of Karnataka has made sincere, consistent, and continuous efforts to ensure the required amount of power in the state grid. These efforts included the State negotiating to exchange surplus power with other states during specific hours. For instance, Karnataka swapped power with Uttar Pradesh during the pre-solar and post-solar hours to an extent of 300 to 600MW from October 2023 to May 2024; this power is to be returned to Uttar Pradesh from June 16, 2024, to September 30, 2024. A similar arrangement was made with Punjab State for a quantum of 500 MW of Round Clock ( RTC) power from November 2023 to May 2024. The same will be returned from June 16 June – September 30 2024.

Karnataka’s proactive approach to energy planning, investments in renewable energy, efficient management practices, and robust infrastructure have not only helped it insulate itself from power crises experienced by other states but also ensured that residents, farmers, and students have access to reliable electricity during times of high demand, thereby enhancing their quality of life and productivity.

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