Minister of energy, environment and forests Balineni Srinivas Reddy in a review meeting with officials of the energy department on Sunday asked power utilities to prioritise supply to hospitals and the healthcare sector.
He instructed senior officials to be ready with teams to address supply outages, especially in hospitals. With domestic demand set to rise with increasing temperatures, the minister directed power utilities to ensure round-the-clock supply to all households in the state.
Power demand in the state fell by around 25 per cent the week after the 21-day lockdown was imposed, the energy department has said.
With negligible demand from industry and commercial establishments, power demand fell from 200 million units (MU) in the week prior to the lockdown to 150 MU during the first week of the lockdown.
The state government has also placed power utilities on high alert to ensure uninterrupted supply to the domestic sector as well as agriculture as several crops are at the pre-harvesting stage.
Following the fall in demand, power generating stations with a capacity of 3,370 MW under AP Genco have been shut down. This includes five units in Rayalaseema Thermal Power Plant (RTPP), four units at Dr Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Plant Station (Dr NTPPS), one unit in SDSTPS, one unit in Kudigi and a 40 MW plant in Valluru.