Pardaphash Special: To reduce power purchase cost, UPPCL wants IIT-Kanpur help

Lucknow: Looks like the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL) wants assistance from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) to reduce its power purchase cost alongside strategising on a long term power purchase policy.

It would be the responsibility of IIT-K to implement a study that will take around 30 days, charting out the best possible plan of action for power procurement taking into consideration UP’s power demand with a time horizon of 10 years.

The team of IIT-K would analyze the corporation’s present load and also revisit and reassess the power requirements in the next 10 years.

At this juncture, state’s daytime demand is in the vicinity of 11,000-12,000 MW, while the peak demand is around 19,000 MW.

The (demand) gap is mind boggling 7,000 MW, which is getting out of hand in terms of managing. While the UPPCL is already backing down lots of projects during the day, it is still paying fixed cost charges despite the back down.