New Delhi: To meet the power demand in remote areas, the government is planning to push the setting up of a series of power plants which can together generate 5,000MW. This power would be supplied locally.
It will be a key element of the government’s strategy to provide electricity to every household in the country. According to data with the Union power ministry, out of 13.83 crore rural households, only 6.02 crore households (44%) have power connection.
Dubbed as the decentralized distributed generation (DDG), it is a model that targets power generation and distribution to a specific area. In this model, the 5,000MW generated from the proposed projects will not be transferred to the grid, but will be distributed to the surrounding localities.
This is in addition to the 68,700MW target set up for capacity addition in the 11th Plan (2007-12).
“We have estimated that in around 18,000 villages in remote and inaccessible areas, the extension of grid power is not going to be economical. It is here that DDG will play a very important role,” a power ministry official told Mint.
“This is being done as in some remote areas it is neither technologically nor economically feasible to extend supply from the grid. For such areas, power plants based on available local energy sources will be set up,” the official added. The local energy sources include bio-mass and wind.
The DDG model holds a lot of promise as it does not involve any transmission and distribution costs.
This model was evolved after taking into account high aggregate technical and commercial losses, grid unreliability and the problems faced in remote and inaccessible regions. The technologies used in this model include turbines, micro turbines, wind turbines, biomass, and gasification of biomass, solar photovoltaics and hybrid systems.
The government plans to provide power to all by 2012. India has a current installed power generation capacity of 1,28,182MW.