Government Turns to Section 11 of Electricity Act Amid Summer Power Demand Surge

Amidst rising summer power demand, Union Govt activates Section 11 of Electricity Act to address energy needs effectively.

In an effort to address the heightened electricity demand anticipated during the upcoming summer season, the government has taken decisive steps to activate Gas-based Power Plants. Under Section 11 of the Electricity Act, 2003, the government has issued directives for Gas-based Generating Stations (GBSs) to operate and maintain these facilities to ensure maximum power generation.

The directive, akin to measures taken for imported-coal-based power plants, seeks to optimize the utilization of Gas-Based Generating Stations, which currently remain underutilized primarily due to commercial factors. Valid from May 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024, this order is aimed at enhancing power availability during the impending high-demand period.

This decision aligns with a broader strategy by the Government of India to guarantee adequate electricity supply during the summer months. Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri R. K. Singh, chaired a series of meetings emphasizing the importance of ensuring sufficient power availability to meet seasonal demand.

With the Indian Meteorological Department forecasting above-normal maximum temperatures across much of the country for the 2024 hot weather season, these measures are essential preparations to address the expected surge in electricity demand during this period.