Yogi govt gearing up to make Uttar Pradesh self-reliant in electricity production

UP to generate 5255 MW power from 10 new thermal power plants

Lucknow, June 23: With investments exceeding 10 lakh crore set to materialize this year, the electricity demand is expected to rise significantly in Uttar Pradesh. In response, under the directives of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the government plans to increase power generation by approximately 5255 MW through 10 new thermal power plants over the next three years.

The Yogi government is working towards making the state self-reliant in power generation. Additionally, by 2030, the expansion of three existing units in the state will add 5120 MW of additional power production.

The ten new thermal power stations which are expected to start in the state include 660 MW Obra C Unit-2 by September this year, 660 MW Jawaharpur Unit-2 by July this year, 561 MW Ghatampur Unit-1 by July 2024, 660 MW Panki Unit by July 2024, 561 MW Ghatampur Unit-2 by December 2024, 561 MW Ghatampur Unit-3 by March 2025, 396 MW Khurja STPP Unit-1 and 396 MW Unit-2 by May 2025, 400 MW Singrauli Stage Three Unit-1 by August 2027 and 400 MW Singrauli Stage Three Unit-2 by August 2027. With the start of all these power stations, an additional 5255 MW of electricity will be produced in the state.

The Yogi government aims to boost the state’s power generation capacity by 5120 MW by 2030. This will involve expanding the capacity of three existing units: Obra D-2 will be increased to 1600 MW, Anpara E-2 to 1600 MW, and Meja 2 to 1920 MW.

Currently, all the thermal power plants in the state generate approximately 6,500 megawatts of electricity. Additionally, electricity is produced from various sources, including hydro, wind, and solar energy. However, there is a significant gap between power consumption and production in the state due to the neglect of power generation in past decades. This summer, the state’s electricity demand exceeded 30,000 megawatts. Power was purchased from other states and the private sector to meet this demand and fulfil the commitment to providing 24-hour electricity.

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