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Government of India
Ministry of Power
16-December-2011 16:18 IST
Captive Power Plants

 

The captive power plants (CPPs) generate power as per the requirements of the industry representing producers of aluminum, cement, chemical, fertilizers, iron & steel, paper and sugar, etc.  As per information available with the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), overall utilization of CPPs is in the range of 39-42%. Following is the power generation capcipty and actual power generation by the CPPs during the past three years:-

Year

Installed Capacity (MW)

Generation (Gwh)

2007-08

24986.39

90476.69

2008-09

26673.67

99721.16

2009-10

31516.87

106133.10

Gwh = Giga Watt Hour

CPPs generate power depending on the requirement of the industry for which they are primarily obligated to supply.  As per Rule 3 of Electricity Rules 2005 the captive power plants can supply power upto 49% of the aggregate electricity generated to the grid.  Thus the generation from CPPs depends on the requirement of the industry as well as feasibility of sale to other utilities and availability of open access.  The effective utilization of surplus capacity of CPPs also depends on open access charges specified by the appropriate Commissions and facilitation by the concerned State Governments/Agencies for sale.  Ministry of Power is regularly pursuing the issue of promotion of open access with the States at various forums like Power Ministers’ Conference, with the Chief Secretaries and Power Secretaries since 2007.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Power Shri K.C.Venugopal  in a written reply to a question in  Lok Sabha today.

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