Tuesday, June 19, 2018

There are independent unbundled utilities operational in the state of Uttarakhand:

  • Generating Company - Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL)
  • Transmission Company - Power Transmission Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (PTCUL)
  • Distribution Company - Uttarakhand Power Corporation Limited (UPCL)

The power sector of state is regulated by Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC).

Present Status

As of July 2017, the state had total installed power generation capacity of 3,313.45 MW. Hydro (renewable) power contributed 1,815.69 MW to the total installed power generation capacity of the state, followed by thermal power with a contribution of 950.71 MW and other sources of power generation. Of the total installed power generation capacity, state utilities accounted for the largest share of 1,315.02 MW, followed by 1,089.94 MW under private utilities and 908.49 MW under central utilities.

During 2015-16, the state achieved 100% village electrification, covering 15,669 villages.

Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (UJVNL) controls the state’s hydropower generation and the state’s power sector is regulated by the Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC). In January 2016, UPCL (Uttarakhand Power Corporation Ltd.) filed a petition for seeking approval from Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission for Draft Power Purchase Agreement between UPCL and 23 Grid-Connected Solar PV power project developers to implement 181.4 MW Grid-connected Solar PV based power projects in the state.

Under state sector, 34 projects were in operation in the state during 2015-16, with total estimated potential of 3,164.75 MW. Similarly, in central sector, 3 projects, with an estimated potential of 1400 MW were under operation. Moreover, under private sector, 8 projects were under operation with total estimated potential of 458.85 MW.

In May 2017, India Power Corporation commissioned a 36 MW solar power plant in the state for an investment of US$ 33.46 million.