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June 15, 2021

Less power drawn by Discos actual cause of load shedding: Nepra

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has not held electricity shortfall responsible for load shedding, rather it has charge-sheeted Discos for less drawing of electricity from their quota and load demand, which led to painful outages from 3 to 20 hours a day despite the presence of availability of more-than-required electricity.

And a more shocking disclosure is that about 10 Discos had invested in the last seven financial years a mammoth amount of Rs347.435 billion to bring down the transmission and distribution (T&D) losses but they managed to only scale down losses even less than one percent to be precise 0.9 percent. Nepra has recommended an audit of Rs347.435 billion to know exactly where it is invested and why the invested amount has failed to yield the desired results.

On June 8-9, the electricity generation was available over 23,500 MW in the system as per the energy ministry’s tweets, but the total demand of the state-owned 10 Discos stood at 19,268MWs, but electric power drawn by all Discos stood at 16,040 MWs, less by 3,228MWs, causing the

loadshedding by 3-20 hours a day in the country, excluding the K-Electric, unfolds the electric power regulator’s Monitoring and Enforcement (M& E) Department. The M&E department came up with the conclusion after analysing the electricity generation data from May 25 to June 8 and found that DISCOs drew less electricity from NTDC against their load demands, causing load shedding in the country.

The power electric regulator on June 9, 2021 took a serious notice of excessive load shedding faced by the masses throughout Pakistan, due to which the public is suffering heavily in the simmering heat.

The Nepra had directed the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all Discos and KE to appear before the authority on June 11. In the meeting held at the head-office of the regulator on last Friday, the Nepra department of monitory and enforcement analysed the electricity generation data from May 25 to June 8 and found that Discos drew less electricity from NTDC against their load demands, causing load shedding in the country.

The regulator also observed that Pesco Sepco and Hesco are drawing less power as compared to their allocation. Whereas, power drawn by Qesco is much lesser than its allocation and approximately 1/3 of its demand. And in Qesco areas, some of the feeders are under loadshedding for 20 hours.

In Sepco, some of the feeders which cover some portion of interior Sindh remained under outage for two days. In Pesco, loadshedding has been extended to areas of some feeders up to 18 hours and in Discos, even the loadshedding free category feeders are experiencing prolonged loadshedding. It has also been observed that Discos and KE are not following their own policy of load shedding.

The Nepra working also unfolds the startling facts according to which Qesco’s demand stood at 1,907MW but their allocated share stood at 1,116 MW. Interestingly, Qesco drew a load of 714 MW, less by 400 MW electricity from its share but less by 1,191MW electricity from its demand, which causes 16 hours loadshedding across the whole Balochistan.

Pesco’s demand was at 2,507MW and allocated share stood at 2,062MW. However, Pesco took the electricity of 1,174MW, with 374MW less from allocated share. However, it drew 793 MW less from its demand, which is why the whole KPK suffered from power outages of eight hours.

Sepco had a demand of 912MW, but its allocated share stood at 875MW. Surprisingly, it also drew 542MW of electricity with a shortfall of 334MW from its share, but it drew less electricity of 371 MW from its demand of 912 MW, which caused load shedding for 16 hours in the vicinity of Sepco.

According to the Nepra, HESCO’s demand was at 1,066MW whereas its allocated share stood at 1,049 MW, but it took the electricity of mere 781 MW in its system less by 268 MW from its share but 284 MW from its demand, which led to the load shedding of 10 hours.

Mepco’s demand was at 3,129MW. However its share stood at 3,166 MW, but it, like other Discos, absorbed just 2,970MW, less by 196MW from its share and less by 159 from its demand, causing load shedding by four hour across its vicinity.

Lesco’s load demand stood at 3,744MW whereas its share was at 3,739MW, but the power drawn by it stood at 3,568MW, which resulted in loadshedding of four hours.

Fesco’s demand was at 2,442 MW against its share of 2,500 MW but it drew the load of 2,340 MW, less by 160MW from its share and also less by 102 from its load demand owing to which the people in the area faced load shedding of 4.5 hours.

Iesco’s electricity demand stood at 1,629MW against its share of 1,681MW, but it drew the load of 1,565MW, less by 116MW from its share and less by 64MW from its demand, causing 4.5 hours power outages and Gepco’s demand was at 1,932MW whereas its allocated share stood at 1,878MW, but power drawn by it stood at 1,844MW, less by 31MW from its share and 87MW from its demand that led to power outages of three hours a day.

Nepra also categorically directed all the stakeholders of power industry that such type of load shedding will not be tolerated.

The Authority showed serious concerns about Discos not drawing the power as per quota given to them despite available generation capacity, for which a number of power plants have been installed and huge amounts in terms of capacity charges are being paid.

The Authority took a notice of the plants kept on scheduled outages in peak months of June and July and directed NTDC to avoid such practice. The Authority also directed all the Discos, KE and NTDC to submit their action plan immediately in order to minimise the loadshedding and give relief to the consumers.