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No Increase in Power Tariff: AP Energy Minister

Andhra Pradesh government is reportedly reducing power tariffs by Rs 1 per unit for those using smart meters during non-peak timings.

According to ET state energy minister Kimidi Kala Venkata Rao speaking to reporters there said that there would be no increase in power tariff and efforts are on to supply uninterrupted power in the state.

The state government has given priority to the agriculture sector and the department has received more than 87,000 applications for electricity connections during 2018-19 and connections would be given by July this year said the minister. He added that that 2,69,303 agricultural connections have already been given. There has been an increase in subsidy to power supply in agricultural sector that was Rs 6,030 crore during 2018-19, he said.

According to the publication the ministers has ordered the discoms to clear the pending applications for 75,000 agricultural pumpsets. During peak summer season the demand is expected to reach 185 MU (million units) per day, while the peak demand is expected to reach 9,000 MU.

The minister disclosed that his government his putting up efforts to supply quality and uninterrupted power supply. Moving in tandem with the chief minister’s desire to encourage clean energy in the state, 2,090 MW of power is being produced by harnessing solar energy and 3,220 MW of power is being produced from wind energy. Around 17% of total energy generated in 2017- 18 is from renewable energy sources as against 5% in 2014- 15 says the report.

The government has been supplying 14 lakh units of power to SC, ST power consumers, including 75 units free for every house said the minister to the publication.

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