33 GW of pumped hydro storage to be set up in Andhra Pradesh

The Department of Energy, Andhra Pradesh, has announced itsplan to set up pumped hydro storagepower projects in the state, with a total capacity of 33.24 GW. The plants will be built in various districts across the state. So far, the government has identified 0.14 million acres in Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapur districts for these proposed renewable energy storage parks.

 

The project is expected to enable consumers to receive quality power. It aims to promote industrialisation in the state. Andhra Pradesh has also initiated a go electric campaign to promote electric vehicles in the state. The non-conventional energy development corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP) has already established 109 charging stations. It will set up another 400 chargers across the state and along the national highways at every 25 km distance.

 

The power utilities in Andhra Pradesh have been actively engaged towards the concept of cost effective power. The state reported savings of$315.2 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21. The power utilities are also actively working towards achieving savings and reducing the burden on discoms. Special measures have also been undertaken in order to reduce interruptions in power supply and provide quality power to the end consumers.As a result, the interruptions reduced to 0.17 million in 2020-21 from 0.3 million in 2019-20. Improvement in the pumped hydro storage capacity is expected to improve the overall power supply system in the state.

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