Power supply situation getting worse again | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 05, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 05, 2012

Power supply situation getting worse again

The power supply situation in the country is getting worse again as the gap between its demand and supply is widening.
Official figures of the state-owned Power Development Board (PDB) show that the power generation was between 6,000-6,200 MW during the month of August, particularly Ramadan, against the demand for the same amount, causing little or no load shedding.
“The situation continued until the last day of August, but it started deteriorating with the start of September when the demand began increasing and the output falling.
PDB figures show the country experienced a load shedding of 411 MW on September 2 as the demand rose to 6464 MW against the generation of 6011 MW.
The load shedding increased to 470 MW on September 3 during the peak hours in the evening when the generation dropped to 5,835 MW against the demand for 6,350 MW.
The forecast generation was 6,350 MW during the peak hours yesterday (Sept 4) against the predicted demand for 6,059 MW.
PDB officials said the power generation decreased because of the fall in operation of rental and quick rental power plants which cost high when they generate power. On the other hand, the demand for electricity is increasing with the rise in mercury.
“People in many areas of the capital and elsewhere in the country have been experiencing power outages for the last couple of days,” said a senior PDB official adding that the situation may deteriorate further in the days to come if the temperature rises further.
He mentioned that the PDB will have to pay more than Tk 500 crore for its purchase of extra electricity than that of the normal time from the rental and quick rental power plants.

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