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State steps up pumped hydro storage projects amid coal crisis

09 May 2022

    Visakhapatnam: Amid the ongoing coal crisis and power supply shortage, the state government has focused on construction of the 29 proposed pumped storage hydropower projects. These projects will have a combined capacity of 33,240 MW.

According to the Union ministry of power, the present coal crisis may last two years. At the same time, power demand is increasing with each passing year.

Apart from converting variable renewable energy sources into round-the-clock power, these projects are expected to attract large scale investments into the state.
According to the state officials, techno-commercial feasibility reports were already prepared for all these 29 locations. Detailed project reports are being prepared for the first phase projects that will come up at seven locations with an estimated potential of 6,600 MW. Of these seven projects, four locations are on-river (reservoir based) projects and three are off-river.
During a review meeting with officials, state energy minister Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy said; “Even though the entire country is facing a severe coal shortage, for which Andhra Pradesh is no exception, chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has specifically emphasised the need to lift power restrictions imposed on industries as early as possible.”