AP Chambers urges government to address power issues

Vijayawada: The Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (AP Chambers), in a representation submitted to Energy Secretary B Sreedhar, called on the state government to protect the interests of commerce and industry. industry by supplying them with electricity. Chambers explained what steps the state government needs to take to protect industries given the recent power issues in the state.

Remember that the government has imposed load shedding of 50% for continuous process industries and one day a week in addition to Sunday, which is considered a public holiday with restrictions on use between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. for industries batch process for a fortnight.

The AP Chambers called on the government to consider buying power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) or allowing industry to buy directly from IPPs by removing procedural bottlenecks. The Chambers also called on the government to explore options for buying power from surplus states. Industry should have the freedom to purchase power from any IPP within the state without imposing unsustainable charges and penalties and should have carte blanche to establish power generation units. captive electricity in order to overcome the electricity crisis in the future. The state government should come up with a captive power generation policy that will make it more self-sufficient in the long run.

The government can establish mega solar parks and the generated electricity can be supplied to industry on a cost basis to support and attract new industries. To help MSMEs overcome this problem, the limit of one MW capacity to access open access can be reduced to 500 KVA. Chambers called on the government to reconsider its decision on power holidays for one day and another day for maintenance as well as the 12-hour day restriction resulting in four and a half days off work as industries are unable to afford it. Currently, lighting load is allowed, but should be allowed at a minimum of 15% of the contracted load, either on public holidays or from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on other days.

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