VIJAYAWADA: While the Andhra Pradesh power sector and power utilities are facing its worst financial crisis, it is now revealed that the previous TD government had purchased power in excess even when there was no need for power, and thereby wasting public money.
As per the data accessed from government sources, the peak power demand over the last 5 years never crossed 10,200 MW. The peak demand was 7,391 MW in 2015-16, 7,965 MW in 2016-17, 8,983 MW in 2017-18, 9,453 MW in 2018-19 and 10,170 MW in 2019-20 (by July 19).
However the previous government had purchased an excess of 1.74 MU in 2016-17, 5102 MU in 2017-18 and 6,952 MU in 2018-19. The total burden because of this had accumulated to Rs 5,497 crore.
According to AP Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC), the surplus was 642 million kwh in 2015-16, 10,473 kwh in 2016-17, 12,014 million kwh in 2017-18 and 7,629 in 2018-19....