Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) on Monday granted a transmission licence to Adani Electricity Mumbai Infra Ltd for 25 years, enabling the firm to bring 1,000MW, or 33% more electricity, to Mumbai to cater to increasing demand.
Mumbai consumes 2,500-3,000MW during peak load, which goes up to 3,500MW in summer. Power expert Ashok Pendse said while the cost for consumers will rise by 6-7 paise per unit, with the demand set to increase in the coming months, it will help the city to have more power.
Adani to set up high-voltage DC link of 80km
Since 1981, the city has been protected by ‘islanding’ system, for which citizens pay Rs 450-500 crore each year through electricity bills. This is to ensure Mumbai gets constant supply even if there is power outage in MMR or elsewhere in the state. While Tata Power generates 1,337MW, Adani generates 500MW in Dahanu. Experts said this was not sufficient to meet demand.
The licence will help establish a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) link of 80km between Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Co’s 400kV Kudus and Adani Mumbai’s 220 kV Aarey substation. This will be the first with an underground HVDC cabled system.